- Beauty queen Angelia Ong brought the country its first back-to-back win when she was announced the winner of Miss Earth last year
- The outgoing Miss Earth revealed that she was saddened that her win was overshadowed by Pia's Miss Universe victory
-Instead of dwelling on the situation, she has put her energy in fulfilling the advocacy of her new role
Despite the efforts we put on our endeavors, there are instances we do not get the credit we deserve, or worse, we get overshadowed by someone else's achievements.
Such was the case of Miss Earth Angelia Ong, who won her title fifteen days before Pia Wurtzbach won Miss Universe last year.
During her interview with talk show host Boy Abunda, she admitted that she felt hurt when Pia's triumph was given more importance than hers.
However, she does not resent Pia as a person, but the circumstances brought about her win.
"There was really a time na iniyakan ko po. (There was really a time I cried about it.) Yes, because I won in Vienna on December 5 and Pia won two weeks after. As a Filipina I am so proud of her, I adore her. I respect yung pinagdaanan niya, nakakarelate po kasi ako eh... (I respect what she had been through since I can relate to it as well...)
It wasn’t also easy for me, I’ve also had a couple of pageants before winning the crown. But as Miss Earth, nalungkot ako ng konti, di na nagkaroon ng opportunity to have a welcome home parade (I was a bit sad, I was not given the opportunity to have a welcome home parade). Tapos (And) I wasn’t able to meet the president, even the past one," she told the 'Tonight with Boy Abunda' host.
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That is not to say she has been snubbed - she was commended by the Office of the President and given a tribute by the Congress a week after her win.
Angelia became the successor of Jamie Herrell, who was the country's bet in 2014. Their achievement is the first back-to-back win in the esteemed pageant, which Senator Lito Lapid acknowledged in Philippine Senate Resolution No. 1681.
Even if she became saddened by the turn of events, she focused on the advocacy of her newfound title which is to protect and preserve the environment.
"Nung nanalo kasi ako hindi lahat naging masaya, kasi (When I won not everything was happy because) every one was telling me it was not possible to have a back-to-back win especially from a pageant that’s Filipino grown, I’m a Filipina but I’m really proud I was able to bring home the crown and I won in Vienna, Austria.
So aside from the back-to-back legacy, siguro I want my life to be a testimony na (that) dreams do come true. Napaka importante [Tito Boy] na naniniwala ka sa sarili mo (It is very important Tito Boy that you have to believe in yourself," she added.
Like Pia, she is about to pass on her crown to the next beauty queen who will get the title on Saturday, October 29. Angelia confessed that she is both sad and excited about giving up her title, although she hopes that she will still be able to continue her advocacies and pursue a career in hosting.
Since it has been her duty to help the improvement of our environment, let us hope that the situation that will follow can be avoided soon.