The candidates of the Miss Earth 2017 pageant were introduced to the press on Monday at the Manila Diamond Hotel. During the event, Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco was awarded the Darling of the Press gold medal, while Miss Thailand Paweensuda Drouin and Miss Zambia Abigail Chama received silver and bronze accordingly.
The environmental-themed beauty pageant, scheduled on November 4, is held under the auspices of the UN. The winner of the pageant is crowned as Miss Earth, while three runners-up are given the titles of Miss Air, Miss Water and Miss Fire. All participants have to present their own international projects aimed at protecting the environment and saving the wildlife.