MANILA, Philippines – Silvia Celeste Cortesi was crowned Miss Earth Philippines 2018, at the pageant’s coronation night on May 19.
For the pageant's #EarthTalk portion, the candidates were given time to express their thoughts on trending topics pulled from Twitter. On her topic, #ZeroWaste, Celeste had this to say:
"Zero Waste. Let me think about the 5 Rs. I think that we have to practice the 5 Rs everyday: reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, and refuse, thank you."
During the question and answer segment – which many believe is the competition’s most crucial moment, Celeste answered a question about the deterioration of Boracay. The same question was asked of the other candidates in the pageant's top 5.
"The deterioration of Boracay left our President with no choice but to close the island for 6 months for rehabilitation. What should be done to make sure that what happens to Boracay doesn’t happen to our other tourist destinations?"
This was Celeste's answer:
"I agree with the decision [of] President Duterte. And I think that Boracay needs a drainage system because the 'juice' of trash goes directly on the ocean. We have to control the capacity of hotels."
The coronation night was held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. – Rappler.com