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Miss Philippines-Earth deems Top 8 finish ‘destiny’

Angelee delos Reyes ramp her evening gown during the Miss Earth 2013 pageant held Dec. 7 at the Versailles Palace, Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Photo from her Instagram account)

Angelee delos Reyes ramp her evening gown during the Miss Earth 2013 pageant held Dec. 7 at the Versailles Palace, Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Photo by Bob Dylan, Jr.)

The Philippines’ bet to this year’s Miss Earth pageant, Angelee delos Reyes, may not have finished with a higher ranking, but she believes, “Everything happens for a reason and for the betterment” of those involved.

Among 88 contestants, delos Reyes placed in the Top 8, alongside the representatives from Mexico, Poland, Serbia, Korea (Miss Earth Fire), Thailand (Miss Earth Water), Austria (Miss Earth Air) and Venezuela (Miss Earth).

The Olongapo beauty is also runner-up in the Evening Gown Final Competition, Asian National Costume and Miss Photogenic Competition.

On Instagram, delos Reyes acknowledged that a lot of people were saddened and disappointed with what they deemed a failure. She, however, asserted that whatever happened was “all about destiny and God’s plan.”

The 26-year-old nursing graduate was nevertheless overwhelmed with what she achieved, and the massive support she received.

“It is a great pride to represent Philippines, get awards, be in the top rank of challenges, and make it to top 8 among 88 beautiful girls.

“I would like to thank ALL who supported, campaigned, and cheered for me. You were my strength in times when I almost had no energy to give. Thank you so much for believing in me until the end of the Miss Earth Pageant and even until now,” she wrote.

Delos Reyes said she was never alone on stage during the pageant because she was with God, for the fight that she noted was “for the Philippines.”

During the Q&A portion, the Filipina beauty queen was given a typhoon-related question: “It’s been a month now after super-storm ‘Yolanda’ hit the Philippines, how do you think Mother Earth feels now?”

She responded: “It feels like Mother Earth is really sad. I actually wrote a song about the environmental problems that we have now. But I think typhoon ‘Yolanda’ happened not just for us to be devastated, the Philippines and other countries.

“It’s a wake-up call for all of us to realize that we must take care of one another and we must take care of our Earth so that our Earth or our environment will take care of us in return. So, let’s save our Earth together not just for the people of today but for the generations to come.”