The Philippines posted a historic back-to-back win in the Miss Earth pageant.
Filipina Angelia Ong was crowned 2015 Miss Earth at the Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria, giving the Philippines a back-to-back title in the beauty contest.
Ong’s victory marks the first time in the 15-year history of the pageant that a county won for the second time in a row.
Ong, a 25-year-old marketing management student at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, beat more than 80 contestants from around the world.
With the victory, she’s the third Filipina to win the title and succeeds Miss Earth 2014 and fellow Filipina Jamie Herrell. Karla Henry won the title in 2008.
In the question-and-answer portion, the 25-year-old beauty said that if she would come up with a slogan for the next 15 years of the pageant, it would be “”We will, because we can.”
The runners-up in the said pageant were: Australia’s Dayanna Grageda as Miss Earth – Air (first runner-up), USA’s Brittany Payne as Miss Earth – Water (second runner-up) and Brazil’s Thiessa Sickert as Miss Earth – Fire (third runner-up).
Miss Earth, which was first held in 2001, is among the world’s largest beauty contests. The 2015 edition also marks the first time that the coronation night was held in Europe.
The Miss Earth pageant is considered as among the world’s four largest beauty pageants, along with the Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International.