50 bets vie for 2011 Miss Philippines-Earth title

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Fifty candidates from all over the country vie for the title of Miss Philippines-Earth 2011, who will represent the country in the Miss Earth international beauty pageant in Thailand late this year.

Carousel Productions, Inc. (CPI), the pageant’s organizer, presented this year’s delegates to the press at the Resorts World Manila on Tuesday, April 26. The pageant searches for beauty titlists who will act as ambassadors for the environment, promote environmental causes and advocate preservation of nature.

The coronation night of Miss Philippines-Earth 2011 will be held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on June 5. ABS-CBN will broadcast the event.

“We’re doing it in Palawan and it’s perfect that Mayor (Edward) Hagedorn is our partner for this project. Because as you know, Puerto Princesa really protects the preservation of the environment,” CPI’s Executive Vice President Lorraine Schuck told Yahoo! OMG Philippines.

Reigning Miss Philippines-Earth Kris Psyche Resus will crown her successor, who will represent the Philippines in Miss Earth 2011 to be held in December in Thailand. Other titles up for grabs are Miss Philippines Eco Tourism, Miss Philippines Fire, Miss Philippines Air and Miss Philippines Water.

Now on its eleventh year, Miss Philippines-Earth aligns programs with the global celebration of the International Year of the Forests to promote conservation. “Among the projects that we have in line with the year of the forest, there will be a lot of tree-planting, especially native plants. Since the first week of February, we’ve been doing events already like school tours and municipality tours,” Lorraine told Yahoo! OMG! Philippines.

This year’s candidates comprise a mix of beauty pageant first-timers and experienced contestants. Nineteen-year-old Consular and Diplomatic Affairs student Erika Syhongpan joined last year’s Miss Resorts World. “I’ll be giving all my best and with the grace of God, I think I can do it.” Erika told Yahoo! OMG Philippines when asked how she’s preparing for the pageant.

Joining international competitions is nothing new to Leslie Ching of Nueva Ecija who competes internationally for ice skating. “My biggest strength right now is my confidence. But, aside from that, I have the passion and enjoyment to be a part of this. It would be a very good advantage to at least place in the pageant.” Leslie told Yahoo! OMG Philippines.

Kris and other Miss Philippines-Earth winners last year—Angela Lauren Fernando, Hannah Marie Landan, Renee Rosario McHugh, and Emmerie Cunanan—were also at the media presentation to give their support to the current candidates and shared their experiences and the projects they have done during their term. They spearheaded zero waste campaigns during the recent elections, “I Love My Planet School Tours,” Miss Earth Foundation’s partnership with SM Supermarkets for the “My Own Bag” campaign, “The Inquirer Read-alongs,” and their tie-up with Human Nature, a locally produced and 100% natural beauty products.

Angela, who won the Miss Philippines Eco Tourism title last year, shared her fond memories of the pageant, “I enjoyed travelling with the girls, going to different places. I learned a lot from the people of Carousel Productions.” Kris, on the other hand, shared the pageant’s promotion of the use of organics.

New surprises for this year’s pageant are yet to be revealed. “It’s still a bit of surprise and we’ll mention it in the middle of May,” Lorraine said. Among the projects lined up in celebration of the year of the forests are their Amazon-look competition, promotion of planting native plants and environmental seminars with the Forest Management Bureau, Yabang Pinoy, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and World Fairtrade Organization Asia.

It’s almost a month now before the coronation night and the candidates have already been busy promoting and touring the country for pre-pageant activities, such as charity visits, mall tours and marathons for a cause. Miss Earth-Philippines aims to promote preservation of nature nationwide and reach a wider audience.  “We have candidates not only in Luzon, but also in Visayas and Mindanao. That has been our focus, to reach out to as many people as possible and have a nationwide reach to advocate about caring for the nature,” Lorraine told Yahoo! OMG! Philippines.

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