Candidate Miss Philippines Earth, Filipino-American Leslie Ann Pine, who is representing Nueva Ecija collapsed shortly after the competition's special awards ceremony at soliare pasay before midnight.
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"She passed away kasi she was really hungry," Pialago said.
"Since this morning, I kept on inviting her to eat breakfast but she doesn't want to eat, kasi we're under weight watch. There are like six girls who are under weight watch, for big tummies and stuff. We're not really allowed to eat much, so she's really depriving herself." she added.
"It really happens," she said. "Before the bikini wear, we don't usually drink to have this fit body." -Pialago.
"It's not their fault naman if you are joining. Lesson learned -- siguro let's not deprive ourselves, kasi nag-serve naman nang maayos 'yung body natin sa atin. Just be sexy naturally, in and out. Beauty is not about your figure itself. It's Miss Earth, it's about your advocacy and everything that you will say." she further added.