Karen Ibasco from the Philippines won the swimsuit competition of Miss Earth 2017 held in Las Piñas City on October 11. She bagged a gold medal and bested other candidates who showcased their two-piece attires.

Ibasco competed in an outdoor runway show held at Versailles Palace, a high-end events venue in her country. The ladies paraded their swimsuits along with the poolside and under the night sky. The Miss Earth 2017 swimsuit preliminary show is divided into three groups and this was the round participated by the contestants who are part of the second group.

The 26-year-old medical physicist wore a stunning black swimsuit that featured cuts and slits revealing her skin.

The swimsuit was designed with various embellishments on the waistline.

Ibasco took up applied physics in college and went on to become a beauty queen. She is a strong advocate for energy conversation through the use of renewable and sustainable resources, local news website Inquirer.net reported.

During the preliminaries, Karen Rojas from Peru came in at second place in the swimsuit round participated by the second group of candidates. Meanwhile, Russia’s Lada Akimová bagged a bronze medal.

Talent competition

A Talent Competition joined by the third group of candidates was also held at Versailles Palace. Artemis Charalambous, the delegate from Cyprus, brought home a gold medal. She performed a dance number while wearing a long gown.

Cook Islands’ Mona Taio came in at second place, while Le Thi Ha Thu from Vietnam won in third place.

Taio also danced in a feathered outfit, while the Vietnamese beauty sang the Disney hit “Colors Of The Wind.”

Hollywood actor

The day after the two preliminary rounds, some of the candidates headed to be part of the live audience of “It’s Showtime,” a noontime show in the Philippines. Miss Peru was mentioned on the show by a participant in one of the games held in the studio.

Some of those present were the delegates from Belarus, Costa Rica, Colombia, Canada, Myanmar, Belize, Angola and Spain. They also visited Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila School, a private Catholic learning institution in the Southeast Asian country.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actor Steven Seagal also met with the delegates in Miss Earth 2017 during the welcome party held at Carousel Mansion in Mandaluyong City, local news website Interaksyon reported. Seagal is also a strong advocate for the environment. He was announced as one of the judges during the pageant’s coronation night on November 4.