SOME of delegates to this year ’s Miss Philippines-Earth pageant arrives in Agutayan Island in Jampason, in the town of Jasaan, province of Misamis Oriental for a clean-up activity. The national beauty competition attracts Filipino women from all over the country and from overseas Filipino communities who have a genuine concern for the environment. The ladies are expected to support any advocacy related to preserving the planet. The winner and her court will be tasked to engage in projects to help arrest the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. The 2017 Miss Philippines-Earth winner will also represent the country in the global Miss Earth pageant later this year. The Miss Philippines-Earth was first staged in 2001. Three Filipino titleholders have successfully bagged the international crown since then—Karla Paula Hanry in 2008, Jamie Herrell in 2014 and Angelia Ong in 2015.