24-year-old Athena Mae Imperial from the Municipality of Casiguran, Aurora was chosen to become the 11th Miss Philippines Earth. She bested 48 other candidates for winning the title Miss Philippines Earth 2011 during the pageant finale held last night, 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.