MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ bet Kathleen Paton won the 2022 Miss Eco International crown held in Triumph Luxury Hotel in Egypt earlier today.
During the first question and answer round, Kathleen talked about water pollution.
“Water pollution is a huge issue in the Philippines. A lot of Filipinos actually don’t have access to clean drinking water. And I believe it is a right for every single human being, especially to my [fellow] Filipinos, to have access to clean water,” she said.
“Therefore I aim to work with a company called 100 for All to give free access to water by giving out water filtration systems not just to one family, but to the whole community,” she added.
In the final round, Kathleen was asked: “As a titleholder, you’re a public figure. Do you think it’s important to stay neutral on controversial social issues or to use your title to promote your own belief, and why?”
“It is a very tough question in all honesty because we are at the forefront of opinions and negativity every single day, especially on social media. I do believe as a leader and as someone who is very influential in society, we sometimes have to use our voice in a very neutral state of mind because we have a very influential position. But in doing so, we also need to use our voice in order to motivate other people to stand up for what is right, and I think that takes a lot of good moral compass,” she answered.
Kathleen is the second Miss Eco International winner from the Philippines after Cynthia Thomalla won the crown in 2018.
Mauree Montagne and Kelly Day won first runner-up in 2009 and 2021, respectively.
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