Reported by Celso De Guzman Caparas
The winners of Miss Philippines Earth 2021 were proclaimed during the virtual finals held on Sunday, August 8.
Naelah Alshorbaji of Parañaque City was named Miss Earth Philippines 2021 earning the right to vie for Miss Earth 2021 later this year, also virtually.
She bested 65 other eco-warrior beauties dubbed as the 'Colors of the Earth.'
Naelah succeeded last year's queen Roxanne Allison 'Roexi' Baeyens. Roxie was adjudged Miss Earth-Water 2020.
"Despite the restrictions in terms of pandemic, we have social media for us to progress and move forward. I think, that’s the beauty of the generation that we are going through right now. I could accomplish my goals and dreams regardless because I have a bright future even during the pandemic. I hope that this inspires people around us," replied Naelah during the Top 10 Q&A round.
Her environmental advocacy is reducing plastic waste by turning it into usable products.
23-year old, 5'8" tall, Fil- Syrian Alshorbaji is a fashion model and a real estate agent. She was raised in Damascus, Syria until her family migrated to the Philippines when she was 11.
She was crowned Miss Parañaque 2019 and placed 4th runner-up in Miss Manila 2017.
A sports advocate, she's into surfing, golf, arnis, and boxing.
Alshorbaji's elemental court included :
• Ameera Almamari of Atimonan, Quezon, Miss Philippines Air;
• Rocel Songano of Iloilo City, Miss Philippines Water;
• Roni Meneses of Mandaluyong City, Miss Philippines Fire and
• Sofia Grace Galve of Tanay, Rizal, Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism.
It is interesting to note that the winners were trained under Kagandahang Flores Pageant Camp headed by one of the country's certified beauty queen makers, Rodgil Flores.
The esteemed panel of judges was composed of Miss Earth 2018 Nguyen Phuong Khanh of Vietnam, Miss Earth 2020 Lindsey Coffey of the USA, television personalities Marc Nelson and Kim Atienza, international model Michael Seifert and Carousel Productions EVP Lorraine Schuck.
Robi Domingo hosted the fast-paced event which was broadcast live over Kapamilya Channel.