Roxanne Baeyens of Baguio City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2020 in the pageant’s first-ever online competition on July 5. 

“My dear Baguio City, I feel deeply honored and grateful to carry your name. My heart will always showcase how proud I am as an Igorota,” the Filipino-Belgian beauty wrote in her first Instagram post as a titleholder. 

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"She is strong because she has God in her life"✨— I always say this quote everytime I walk on stage, or even before a question. I say this internally and sometimes even out loud to calm my fears, because I know He is with me; just right next to me. My dear Baguio City, I feel deeply honored and grateful to carry your name. My heart will always showcase how proud I am as an Igorota! ♥️♥️♥️ Despite not being with my loved ones in Baguio City due to the Pandemic, this situation taught me to be humble and grateful for what I have and make the most out of the resources available. When I feel discouraged, I just remind myself how lucky I am that I’m healthy to compete; that I’m given a great platform to reach out to others, and that I'm blessed with the most angelic hearts helping me even from a distance. After all, I lift everything to God, and dedicate this to Him. It’s true that you can still bloom beautifully wherever you are planted 🌺; you just have to be grateful for everything. Next, I want to give a big thank you to Miss Philippines Earth and Carousel Production Inc. for trusting me to continue this Beauty for a Cause, and also for organizing such a great and historic pageant this year to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. Thank you to my family and friends who believe in me and always make me feel like a winner in their eyes. To My Team Baguio, RoxieForMPE Angels, esp kuyas @patacsilmichaeljv, and my Kfamilia, I love you guys! A big thank you! To every single sweet soul who showed their love (you know who you are), thank you so much! 🙏🏻 I am humbled by your never ending support. Mahal ko kayo! ♥️ This is Roxie Baeyens, Your Miss Philippines Earth 2020 Gown @rianfernandez888 HMUA @joericksingular Photo @blacktieproject

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Roxanne or Roxie said that despite being away from her family during her journey to the crown, the situation pushed her to be grateful for what she has. 

“When I feel discouraged, I just remind myself how lucky I am that I’m healthy to compete; that I’m given a great platform to reach out to others, and that I’m blessed with the most angelic hearts helping me even from a distance,” she wrote. 

She then continued to thank those who were behind her during her Miss Philippines Earth journey. 

“Thank you to my family and friends who believe in me and always make me feel like a winner in their eyes,” she said. 

In her winning eco-video, she shared that her curiosity for nature turned into a responsibility to make a change. 

Inspired by her environmentalist mom, Roxie entered the pageant as an advocate of urban gardening.

“All homes should have more life than just human beings,” she shared. 

The 23-year-old will represent the country in the 2020 Miss Earth pageant in December. She’s also a talent of Cornerstone Entertainment, the talent management agency of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.