A 24-year-old Filipino-Chinese print and commercial model children’s health advocate was crowned Miss World Philippines 2015 during a televised pageant at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City early Monday morning.
Hillarie Danielle Ang Parungao of Nueva Vizcaya bested 25 other candidates for the chance to represent the Philippines to the Miss World 2015 pageant in Sanya, China on December 19,
Parungao likewise received several special awards such as best in swimsuit, best in evening gown, best in fashion runway and best in sports challenge.
“My philosophy always relies on compassion which can open doors to challenges in life. In compassion, we get to understand people, and in understanding people, we become a better society,’ said the 5’7 beauty during the question and answer portion.
“Let us not forget why I will be on stage, and that is so I can get a bigger platform (the crown) to speak and do more for the children,” she said.
Recently, Parungao launched a program called “Katuwang: A Fight Against Child Mortality” which helps raise awareness on the health needs and issues of children.
She also organized the ‘Run Against Child Mortality; fun run in Nueva Vizcaya to help fund health programs for children.
In carrying out her program, she led medical volunteers in educating families about proper nutrition intake and conducting regular physical tests of children.
Crowned First Princess was Marita Cassandra Naidas while Mia Howell was named Second Princess. Maria Vanessa Wright was crowned Third Princess and Emma Mary Tiglao, Fourth Princess.
Other special awards winners were Tiglao (Miss Photogenic), Christelle Anjali Abello (Miss Friendship), and Howell, Vianca Louise Marcelo and Avonlea Paraiso (Miss Talent).