Homegrown pageant attracts most number of candidates on 17th year
Since its inception in 2001, the Miss Earth Pageant has continuously attracted candidates, with 2018 gathering the highest number of candidates — 90 — from six continents.
The national beauty queens started arriving in Manila last week and were presented to media on October 11 at Diamond Hotel Manila on Roxas Boulevard. Reigning Miss Earth Karen Ibasco of the Philippines and Miss Air Philippines 2018 Zahra Saldua hosted the poolside event.
A day earlier, six candidates labeled the “Fire Group” visited The Manila Times offices, where they passionately shared their environmental advocacies as well as their first impressions of the Philippines.
In a sit-down interview with Times President and CEO Dante ‘Klink’ Ang 2nd, along with Lifestyle and Entertainment team, Misses Poland, Korea, USA, Czech Republic, Singapore and Nepal commented that the horrendous traffic surprised them most in Manila. However, they found the warmth and hospitality of Filipinos a welcoming gesture to their stay in the country.
Miss USA Yashvi Aware, who is of Indian parentage, and lives in Washington, DC, said that she embodies what a modern American is. She finds the advocacies of Miss Earth empowering with its tagline, “Beauties for a Cause.”
Considered a beauty pageant veteran, Miss Poland Alexandra Grysz said that she was attracted to join her country’s search for Miss Earth because it’s the only pageant that specifically targets the protection of the planet.
Miss Korea Suhyun Song advocates renewable energy, while Miss Czeh Republic TerezaKrivankova wants to save rain water to be able to use it for meaningful purposes. Miss Singapore Kara Dong joined the pageant as she thought it was pretty relevant to her course in Environmental Science. She added she’s enjoying her stay in the Philippines, especially the food.
Miss Nepal PriyaSigdel, whom the Times president said she looks like Filipino to him, confirmed her mixed racial parentage — her mom is Indian and her father is Nepalese. A social entrepreneur working on zero-waste fashion, she finds Miss Earth as the right platform for her advocacy on inter-generational equity.
Meanwhile, the home country’s representative, Filipino-Italian Celeste Cortesi, said she will do her best to get a back-to-back win. The Philippines had a back-to-back win in 2014 and 2015, with Jamie Herrell winning in Quezon City and Angelia Ong winning in Vienna, Austria respectively.
The National Costume competition was held later in the evening at Century Park Hotel after the press presentation. Divided into three groups — Water, Air and Fire — the candidates visit various parts of the country for the different segments of the competition. Their eco-tour visits include the cities and provinces of Bislig, Cavite, Batangas, Legazpi, Davao Oriental, Pampanga, Isabela and Palawan.
Brian McKnight will be performing on the coronation night on November 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena, with a live telecast on Fox Life Asia and live stream on the Miss Earth Facebook page.