Thirty-five international beauties vying for the Miss Earth 2001 title, the first beauty pageant that focuses on environmental issues, were presented to the media yesterday at the poolside of the Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati City.
The coronation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City. It will be telecast live nationwide on RPN-Channel 9 and to 35 other countries in Asia and the Middle East via Star World cable channel.
Called "Beauties for a Cause," the staging of the Miss Earth 2001 international beauty pageant comes at a time when concern for Mother Earth and its environment has been raised in almost all countries around the world, including the Philippines.
Though this new pageant adopts the common aspects of regular beauty tilts, it has a different perspective and more worthy mission -- to produce beautiful and intelligent young ladies who care for the environment, tilt organizers said.
During the pageant, the delegates and winners will promote worthwhile environmental causes and get actively involved in the care for and preservation of Mother Earth, particuarly in tree-planting and waste management.
The candidates are: Daniela Stucan, Argentina; Simone Regis, Brazil; Natalia Argotte Botero, Colombia; Ivana Galesic, Croatia; Catherine Svensson, Denmark; Catherine Nunez, Dominican Republic; Grace Marie Zabaneh, El Salvador; Evelyn Mikomagi, Estonia; Nardos Wondemu, Ethiopia; Martina Kortelampi, Finland; Charlene Ann Figueras, Gibraltar; Carmina Elizabeth Hernandez, Guatemala; Shamita Singha, India; Monica Rossetti, Italy; Misuzu Hirayama, Japan; Margarita Kravstova, Kazakhstan; Aqua Bonsu, Kenya; Jelena Keirane, Latvia; Joey Eng Li Tan, Malaysia; Abbey Flynn, New Zealand; Jamie-Lee Huisman, Netherlands; Karla Leclair Monzon, Nicaragua; Aliana Khan, Panama; Amaricelis Reyes, Puerto Rico; Victoriya Bonya, Russia; Calista Ng Yu Ying, Singapore; Noemi Caldas, Spain; Hilda Bukoza, Tanzania; Chao Yun Hsiu, Taiwan; Victoria Wachholz, Thailand; Gozde Bahadir, Turkey; Abigail Royce, USA; Lirigmel Ramos, Venezuela; Fatma Nanty, Zanzibar; and Carlene Aguilar of the Philippines. …