Vietnam bags its very first Miss Earth crown as 23-year-old Marketing student Phuong Khanh Nguyen wins the title on Saturday night, November 3.
Karen Ibasco passed on the crown to her successor Phuong Khanh at the pageant's grand coronation night held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Aside from the title, Phuong Khanh also bagged several sponsor awards including Miss Ruj Beauty Care & Spa, Miss Robig Builders, and Miss Puerto Princesa Centro Hotel.
Phuong Khanh's elemental court includes Austria's Melanie Mader as Miss Air, Colombia's Valeria Ayos as Miss Water, and Mexico's Melissa Flores as Miss Fire.
Meanwhile, Philippine bet Celeste Cortesi made it to list of Top 8 finalists, along with Italy's Sofia Pavan, Portugal's Telma Madeira, and Venezuela's Diana Silva.
The candidates who made it to the pageant's Top 12 are Chile 's Antonia Figueroa, Netherlands's Margaretha de Jong, Slovenia's Danijela Burjan, and South Africa's Margo Fargo.
Meanwhile, Brazil's Sayonara Veras, Ghana's Belvy Naa, Japan's Mio Tanaka, Montenegro's Katarina Seckovic, Romania's Denisse Andor, and Nepal's Priya Sigdel complete the Top 18.
QUESTION AND ANSWER
During the question and answer segment, the Top 8 contestants were asked to share their perspective on the hashtags that they'll pick.
Celeste seemingly lost her momentum mid-way through her answer while expounding on the hashtag #Malnutrition.
The Fil-Italian beauty, however, was able to finish her answer.
She said, "My perspective about malnutrition actually depends on my values and beliefs. I think that it's about respect... and I think respect is the key to serve the purpose of our knowledge and humanity, thank you.
Meanwhile, Phuong Khanh picked the hashtag #Conflict.
Her winning answer: "This is not my first language but I will try my best... And my hashtag is #Conflict. In our world, there is no perfection and conflict is part of our daily lives and as a human, we can avoid conflict by being honest with ourselves. And by being honest with ourselves, we can create the power to change the world. Thank you."
This year's judges include LGBTQ influencer and businessman Wilbert Tolentino, Yang Grui Group President Jacky Fan Zhonglin, GMA-7 executive Joey Abacan, Mrs. Universe 2017 Tram Hoang Luu, Vietnamese designer Linh San, Carousel's Vice President and Project Director Peachy Veneracion, and Carousel's President and Chairman Ramon Monzon.
Meanwhile, CNN Philippines' James Deakin hosted the event.