MANILA, Philippines — Reigning Miss Earth Nicole Faria of India and last year’s other Miss Earth winners flew into the country Tuesday and vowed to help promote government programs aimed at saving and protecting the environment.
“I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the Philippines and I’m thrilled to be here. It is my pleasure to work with the Miss Earth Foundation, and I am so excited to meet the Filipino people and help protect the natural wonders of such a lovely country,” Faria said, during a press briefing in Pasig City.
Faria is in town together with Miss Earth Water Watsaporn Wattanakoon of Thailand, and Miss Earth Air Victoria Shchukina of Russia. They flew in from Bangkok.
They will make a series of appearances on behalf of the Miss Earth Foundation throughout their stay in the country. “Through these activities, we hope to give our Miss Earth winners a first-hand experience of the projects that we do in our country,” said Miss Earth Foundation executive director Cathy Untalan.
The activities of the beauty queens include paying a courtesy call on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Aug. 1. It will be followed by a visit to SM Supermarket to promote the chain’s “I am Plastic-Free Campaign.” Capping the day will be a stopover at the Tayuman Elementary School in Rizal as part of the foundation’s “I Love My Planet Earth School Tour.”
On Aug. 2, the following day, the beauty queens will focus on coastal clean-up and tree planting at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area.
Fashion has always been part of a beauty queen’s life and the winners, along with the Miss Philippines-Earth past and present title holders, will sashay on the runway in a special fashion show on Aug. 3 at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas, featuring a 36-piece collection of Frederick Policarpio’s creations.
The winners will be off to De La Salle University in Manila on Aug. 4 to participate in a forum dubbed “Fostering Beauty and Responsibility through Environmental Stewardship.”
While the 2010 winners are busy participating in various projects and activities, the preparation for the 11th edition of the Miss Earth coronation night is well under way.
Faria will be turning over her crown on Nov. 12 in Pattaya, Thailand, one of Asia’s largest tourism destinations. International franchise holders of the Miss Earth pageant are already fielding out their representatives for the coming pageant.
“We have received a lot of favorable feedbacks from different franchise organizers,” said Carousel Productions, Inc. executive vice-president Lorraine Schuck. “They are very excited to send their delegates and share their respective environmental advocacies.”
Representing the Philippines is Athena Mae Imperial from the municipality of Casiguran, Aurora. The 24-year-old stunner works as a program researcher for GMA 7. She bested 49 other candidates in the Miss Philippines-Earth pageant held last May.
Aligning with the International Year of the Forests, this year’s staging of the Miss Earth pageant is expected to be a grand showcase of Thailand’s rich culture, tourist spots, and, more importantly, its efforts to save and protect the environment.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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