Philippine bet Karen Ibasco was crowned Miss Earth 2017 at the pageant's grand coronation this Saturday night, November 4, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The 26-year-old university instructor burst into tears as soon as she was named the winner.
She succeeds Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin of Ecuador.
Those who competed for the final four were Juliana Franco of Colombia, Lada Akimova of Russia, Nina Robertson of Australia, and Karen.
For the final Q&A portion, they were asked: What is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth?
Karen elicited loud cheers from the crowd with her answer, "I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change.
"The real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy.
"What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds and redirecting our steps because together, as a global community, our micro-efforts will have a macro-effect to help save our home, our planet.”
Afterwards, the elemental queens were announced: Juliana of Colombia as Miss Earth Air 2017, Lada of Russia as Miss Earth Fire 2017, and Nina of Australia as Miss Earth Water.