Philippines representative Kelley Day was named the first runner-up during the coronation night of Miss Eco International 2020 held in Egypt on Sunday, April 4.
Gizzelle Uys of South Africa took home the crown along with U.S.A.’s Alexandria Kelly was named second runner-up, while Venezuela’s Stefania Rodriguez and Costa Rica’s Kristell Ruiz finished third and fourth runners-up, respectively.
Prior to the coronation night, Kelley won the Best in National Costume with her embroidered Maria Clara gown.
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During the question-and-answer portion for the Top 5 finalists, the 24-year-old actress was asked how she will promote safety amid rising violence in schools. In her impassioned answer, she made an appeal.
“Unfortunately, as the world is going through a lot of changes right now, there is violence. The best thing we can do right now is to improve the security in schools. There has to be things like security checks and metal detectors,” she said.
“That’s really all we can do right now and just share the word. As I am standing here on this stage, I have the opportunity to tell anyone who is planning to do something to children, to stop. Look after our generation, please,” she added.
The celebrity-turned-beauty queen has now joined the likes of Maureen Montagne who also finished first runner-up in 2019 and Cynthia Thomalla who won the crown in Miss Eco International 2018.