Ecuador's Katherine Espín on her Miss Earth 2016 win
MANILA, Philippines – Katherine Espín of Ecuador is Miss Earth 2016 and the second delegate from her country to win the title!
The newly crowned Katherine seemed overwhelmed while she was being interviewed after the pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, October 29. (FULL LIST: Winners, Miss Earth 2016)
"I feel blessed to be here. Actually, this is my dream. I have been wanting to be Miss Earth since I was 16 years old," Katherine told reporters. "There was an Ecuadorian named Olga Alava, [who] won the pageant, and I remembered that when I saw her, I saw myself winning and I'm making my dream come true."
Olga Alava, the first winner from Ecuador, won in 2011.
Katherine, 23, also said that her stay in the Philippines was one of the best. The Miss Earth delegates toured the country as they arrived in early October.
"I have to say I had the most amazing experience because I was able to meet so much people in Davao... people here are so warmhearted, they have such a nice heart. Everyone is just so polite and they treat us like stars, and I have never been in a country where people are so warmhearted, and I really want to thank every single people from the Philippines because they have treated me like in my house, in my home.
"I'll never forget the smiles on the people when I waved at them, when we visited so many cities, and I've seen them saying 'Ecuador, we're supporting you, we love you.' People that I've never seen in my life and supporting me. That was something huge. I think that by just seeing that, I felt like a winner," she said.
As she begins her journey with Miss Earth, Katherine said: "I want to work. I'm a lawyer and I fight for justice. And I fight for what's good. And now as Miss Earth, I will fight for the environment. I will fight to make a change in the world and to actually have people being conscientious about the environment and the respect that we need towards it.' Katherine's Instagram profile says she is a "future lawyer."
Katherine said she is also looking forward to working on her advocacy, which is environmental education for children.
She also gave some advice for young ladies who have big dreams for themselves.
"I really want to say to all the girls out there watching this right now everything is possible. You just have to put your heart and soul for it, if you want to accomplish your dream, everything is possible. Dream, because dreams come true." – Rappler.com
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- FULL LIST: Winners, Miss Earth 2016
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- Katherine Espín of Ecuador wins Miss Earth 2016
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