Hailed from the Municipality of Casiguran in Aurora, Athena Mae Imperial bested 48 other candidates for winning the title Miss Philippines Earth 2011 during the pageant finale held earlier tonight, June 5, in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. She quoted the Bible verse “Many are called but few are chosen” during the interview portion of the pageant.
Imperial was among the shortest candidates this year with a height of 1.68m (5’6″) but she made quite an impression during the final question and answer round. She bested hometown girl and crowd favorite Jonavi Raisa Quiray who was considered a front-runner for the crown. Quiray settled for the title Miss Philippines Air which is equivalent to 1st Runner Up.
Athena Mae Imperial will represent the country in the annual Miss Earth pageant to be held in Pattaya, Thailand this coming November 12. She succeeded Miss Philippines Earth 2010 Kris Psyche Resus.
Images courtesy of Miss Philippines Earth Official Facebook Page and Athena Mae Imperial Facebook Page
Watch the final question and answer portion of Miss Philippines Earth 2011 here: