#MissPhilippinesEarth2016: Fearless Prediction

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Whoever wins the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 crown has huge shoes to fill following the back-to-back victory of the Philippines in Miss Earth. With Jamie Herrell and Angelia Ong winning the crown in 2014 and 2015, all eyes will definitely be on next winner as she will vie for a three-peat later this year.

Who among this year’s delegates from around the country and overseas communities deserve to wear the “Philippines” sash in the international stage? Here’s my fearless forecast.

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Miss Philippines Earth: Puerto Princesa City | Imelda Schweighart
Miss Air: London | Kiaragiel Gregorio
Miss Water: Vienna | Melanie Mader
Miss Fire: Palo, Leyte | Nina Sherra Tagalog
Miss Eco-Tourism: Zamboanga City | Bellatrix Tan

The main crown will be a fight between pageant veteran Imelda Schweighart and overseas communities delegates Kiaragiel Gregorio and Melanie Mader. The London and Vienna girls have proven in the pre-pageant activities that they are threats, having won medals in some of the crucial competitions. However, the Puerto Princesa bet’s beauty, persistence and most of all, experience, give her the advantage.

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6: Dumaguete City | Maria Fatima Al-sowyed
7: Laoang, Northern Samar | Ellyz Santos
8: Lobo, Batangas | Krissandra Marie Abel
9: Rosales, Pangasinan | Shannon Rebecca Bridgman
10: Murcia, Negros Occidental | Jessica Zevenbergen

The candidates from Palo, Zamboanga, Dumaguete and Laoang are potenital spoilers for the top three girls mentioned above. Nina Tagalog is a breath of fresh air. Bellatrix Tan, meanwhile, could be Mindanao’s second MPE winner. These two also did well in the pre-pageant events. Another stunner is Fatima Alsowyed, who was Miss Bikini Philippines 2015. Ellyz Santos is one dedicated lady who also has good presentation skills.

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11: Cagayan de Oro City | Charinna Barro
12: City of Alaminos | Eva Eunice Reinoso
13: City of San Fernando | Korina Christiene Reyes
14: Pililla, Rizal | Kisszel Malazarte
15: City of Sta. Rosa | Riji Anne Mae Canog

Worthy of mention are some underrated ladies in the competition: Miss Lobo Krissandra Marie Abel and Miss Santa Rosa Riji Anne Mae Canog. Krissandra has one of the best faces in the competition while Riji Canog has a lovely figure and impressive academic background. While these two girls didn’t win any medals, they could very much pull off pleasant surprises in case they make the cut.

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Laoag City | Loren Mar Artajos
City of San Pedro | Athena Mari Jamaica Catriz
Piat, Cagayan | Anna Mae Cagurangan
Pagadian City | Kristel Suizo
Caloocan City | Joanna Rose Tolledo

The finals will be held tonight, June 11 at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.

#MissPhilippinesEarth2016: Press presentation

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The 48 beautiful and inspiring environmental ambassadors from different municipalities and cities in and outside the country were officially presented to the members of the press on Monday, May 16 at the poolside of Diamond Hotel Manila as the candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2016.
Miss Anda, Pangasinan Liza Cacho won the Gold medal as the Darling of the Press. Winning the silver and bronze were Miss Puerto Princesa City Imelda Schweighart and Miss London Kiaragiel Gregorio.
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Darlings of the Press (Photo by Bong Tan of Missosology)
Ten ladies were also chosen as Hana Beauties of Nature. They were: Imelda Schweighart (Puerto Princesa), Kiara Giel Hamlig Gregorio (London), Melanie Mader (Vienna), Korina Christiene Reyes (City of San Fernando), Shannon Bridgman (Rosales, Pangasinan), Loren Mar Guillermo Artajos (Laoag City), Ellyz Santos (Laoang, Northern Samar), Anna Mae Cagurangan (Piat, Cagayan), Tim Alsowyed (Dumaguete) and Jessica Zevenbergen (Murcia, Negros Occidental).
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Hana Beauties of Nature Top 10

The coronation night will be on June 11, 6pm at the historical Aguinaldo Shrine in celebration of the country’s independence day with live streaming by Rappler. Delayed telecast on ABS-CBN on June 12, 10:30am (before ASAP) and on The Filipino Channel (TFC).

 

#BbPilipinas2016: From MPE to BBP

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BEFORE Ariella Arida placed third runner-up in Miss Universe 2013, did you know that she competed in Miss Philippines Earth 2012 and failed to make the cut? She then decided to try her luck in Binibining Pilipinas, this time with a healthier body and better styling, and as they say the rest is history.

Just like her, some of this year’s candidates also come from MPE. Let’s meet them.

 

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Dindi Pajares

Binibini 27 Dindi Joy Pajares joined Miss Philippines Earth 2011, representing Balanga City, Bataan. She made it to the fourth elimination (Top 20), but unfortunately didn’t advance to the Top 10.

Two years after, Dindi competed in Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines. She made it to the Top 12 and won Best in Creative Posing.

She is working as a flight attendant before pursuing her Bb Pilipinas dreams.

 

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Christianne Ramos

Binibini 40 Christianne Ramos from Cainta, Rizal was also a candidate in Miss Philippines Earth 2011. Despite winning the Mutya ng Kalikasan special award, she was eliminated in the competition’s third round.

 

Last year, she made her pageant comback after she was handpicked by beauty queen trainer John Dela Vega to compete in the Charity Queen International pageant in Taiwan. She was awarded Miss Friendship.

She is an interdisciplinary studies graduate from Ateneo de Manila University where she was futsal team captain.

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Angela Fernando

Most successful among the three former MPE girls is Binibini 3 Angela Lauren Fernando, who was crowned Miss Philippines Earth – Eco Tourism 2010. Representing Lubao, Pampanga, Angela took home the Best in Cultural Costume and Miss Photogenic awards. Prior to joining MPE, she was crowned Miss UST 2009.

 

After her stint in MPE, she spent the years finishing her medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas and is now a medical intern at Makati Medical Center. Will her pageant and life experiences play to her advantage in Bb Pilipinas?

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Dindi, Angela and Christianne during their respective MPE stints

Angelia Gabrena Ong is Miss Philippines Earth 2015

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Bb Pilipinas alumna Angelia Gabrena Ong bagged the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 title Sunday night, May 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, besting 37 other candidates from the different parts of the country for the right to wear the new crown.

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San Antonio, Nueva Ecija’s Chanel Olive Thomas was named Miss Philippines-Air; Bago City’s Catherine Joy Marin was Miss Philippines-Water; Siniloan, Laguna’s Carla Angela Valderrama was awarded Miss Philippines-Water; and Iloilo City’s Jona Sweett was Miss Philippines-Eco-Tourism.

The Top 10 finalists were: Cabanatuan City’s Diana Mackey, Guinobatan, Albay’s Jian Cayla Salazar, Lipa City’s Paris Silva; Santa Cruz, Laguna’s Alyanna Mikaela Cagandahan; and Misamis Oriental’s Mitsume Aguilar.

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The rest of the Top 15 included the representatives from Baguio City (Sofia Loren Deliu); Dinalupihan, Bataan (Myle Alexis Reyes); Mandaue City (Mhon Theress Menaling); Cagayan de Oro City’s (Beatrice Alvarez) and Iligan City (Jocehl Cristoria).

Ong was an official candidate of Bb Pilipinas in 2011. She didn’t make it to the Top 15 but received the Face of Bb Pilipinas special award. The 2011 batch prides itself of producing a number of national (and international) titleholders, including three Miss Universe Philippines (Shamcey Supsup, Janine Tugonon and Mary Jean Lastimosa), a Miss World Philippines (Queenierich Rehman), a Miss Tourism International (Angeli Dione Gomez) and most recently a Miss Philippines Earth (Ong).

Showcase of national costumes, new crowns
The pageant night saw a grand showcase of traditional Philippine costumes designed by some of the country;s talented designers, with Lipa City’s Silva winning the Best in Cultural Costume award. It will be worn by Ong as her national costume when she competed in the Miss Earth pageant.

“The Philippines is overflowing with talented designers and it’s about time to make their creations stand out on pageant night,” said Lorraine Schuck, Carousel Productions executive vice president.

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To mark Miss Philippines Earth’s 15th year, a new crown by jewelry and accessories designer Arnel Papa was unveiled. The crown’s leaf motif represents the continuous growth of Mother Earth while the swarovski and precious stone adorments symbolize the diverse ecosystem.

“Our mission has never been clearer. The pageant is here to stay and will remain focused on addressing the needs of nature,” Carousel Productions president Ramon Monzon said.

The pageant night was hosted by TV personality Robi Domingo, Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry and Miss Philippines-Air 2006 Ginger Conejero.

Check out more photos from the event, taken by your blogger for Missosology:

Miss Philippines Earth 2015: Ladies from South Luzon and Bicol

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South Luzon has produced two Miss Philippines Earth while the Bicol region has never won in the pageant, despite being considered as the “powerhouse” region in Philippine pageants.

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Miss Philippines Earth 2015 candidates from South Luzon and Bicol. (Photos from MPE official FB page)

This year, will the next set of eco-warriors finally come from these regions? We’ll find out during the coronation night on May 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena. For now, let’s get to know them better.

1517474_906921669330375_1868451482371922826_nBula, Camarines Sur | Jhelie Habana was boyish when she was a child so who would’ve though she would end up joining local pageants. In fact, she won Miss Bula Tourism 2014.

This 20-year-old secondary education major at University of Nueva Caceres says she “wants to live a simple life and develop environmental awareness.”

1508071_906921212663754_7708953793041292528_nGuinobatan, Albay | Jian Cayla Salazar already has a string of local pageant titles prior to joining MPE. She was Mutya ng Ibalong 2013 winner and Miss NCAA 2014 representing the University of Perpetual Help. She finished as runner-up in Miss Kaogma 2014, Miss Bicolandia 2014 and Miss Mandaluyong 2014.

The 21-year-old psychology graduate hopes to educate people, especially the youth, about caring for the environment. “Miss Earth as an organization who is dedicated to help save the environment would be a great opportunity for me to offer my services by helping educate people about saving Mother Earth,” she says.
11255412_906921419330400_9053921954823353396_nLipa City | Paris Adele Silva loves to travel. She considers her trip to Cambodia where she spent her birthday with orphans and homeless children as her most memorable moment so far.

This 25-year-old wedding planner believes that “experiences are far more priceless than material things.”And by joining MPE, she wants “to make sure that the next generation will have a new found love for mother nature, and I want my children’s children to see the beauty of God’s creation.”

11246257_906921639330378_8643430970362500131_nPagsanjan, Laguna | Joyce Ann Acelajado won the Mutya ng Laguna 2015 title last March and it was her first time to join a pageant. The 18-year-old marketing management student supports programs that aims to save the Laguna lake.

11052427_906920979330444_6339132441229790928_nSanta Cruz, Laguna | Alyanna Cagandahan was a finalist in ABS-CBN noontime show It’s Showtime’s Gandang Babae contest. But prior to that she already joined a number of local pageants in her province, and was also a candidate in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013.

The 21-year-old tourism student also supports the rehabilitation of the Laguna lake. “I believe it can generate income for the citizens of Laguna and the country while it is being conserved,” she says.

18012_906920949330447_4544058869998088043_nSiniloan, Laguna | “I want to be Miss Philippines Earth because I want to join a pageant that not just showcase beauty but also showing the love of nature,” says 21-year-old Carla Valderrama. Prior to MPE, she also joined Ms. EcoTourism Philippines- Mossimo Bikini Summit 2011. This aspiring fligh attendant from San Sebastian College-Recoletos would “like to empower the youth in different activities in which they can learn a lot from the environment”.

Miss Philippines Earth 2015: The beauties of Visayas

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“Powerhouse” is the best world to describe Visayas as the two Miss Earth titleholders from the Philippines came from this region.

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Visayas’ bets for Miss Philippines Earth 2015. (Photos from the MPE official FB page)

Will Visayas produce another Karla Henry and Jamie Herrell? We’ll find out during the coronation night on May 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena. For now, let’s get to know them better.

22385_902671099755432_2642041749306419598_nBadian, Cebu | Aiko Rachelle Caraan represented Talisay, Cebu in last year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant. This time, the 22-year-old sales executive wants to be the next Miss Philippines Earth “to build awareness amongst us to saving our Mother Earth”.

She cites the propagation of coconut trees as her advocacy. “I want to make worthless waste material into an innovative, biodegradable product that protects the environment, promotes plant growth and give jobs to poor families,” she writes in her profile page.

11205012_902671139755428_1651939306563453075_nBago City | Catherine Joy Marin, 19, She was a finalist in Lin-ay sang Negros 2012 and Negros Sinulog Queen 2013.Now onto a bigger pageant, the AB English student hopes “to influence other people through my advocacies”. She is supporting Bantay Katunggan (or Protecting the Nature).

10850019_909081579114384_3051964571053114921_nCalape, Bohol | Gayle Suzette Yu is 23-year-old registered nurse, but hopes to be an inspirational speaker. Joining the Miss Philippines Earth-Bohol search is what is considers the most unusual thing she has done so far. “I have discovered a lot about myself and this opened doors for me to preserve and protect Mother Earth in a larger scale,” she says.

Coming from a municipality with rich marine aquaculture, she wants to help in coastal resource management by “organizing activities such as mangrove planting, coastal clean-up and information dissemination using social media.”

11062653_902671229755419_996751318351239166_nIloilo City | Earlier this year, Fil-Australian Jona Sweett was crowned Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta-Iloilo City 2015. This 19-year-old hotel and restaurant management student hopes to become an international flight attendant. Her advocacy is mangrove planting “to prevent storm surges and limit typhoon damages”.

11266451_909081632447712_720290690891770328_nLapu-Lapu City | Biology student Shanette Delalamon joined MPE to pursue her dream of being a beauty queen. Aside from that, the 19-year-old part-time model also aims to promote awareness and preservation of “forest and marine environment”.

11011066_902671273088748_7135349485049289089_nMandaue City | Mhon Theress Menaling is no stranger to pageants. She joined Miss Casino Filipino in 2012 and finished 4th runner-up in Miss Mandaue a year after. She was also Miss Olive-C Campus Model Visayas 2014 winner. She recently finished her BS Biology degree from Cebu Doctors’ University and hopes to become a pediatrician someday.

“I advocate the promotion of ecotourism through information campaign,” she writes in her profile page. “Informing people and teaching them on how to properly preserve and take good care of our flora, fauna, and cultural heritages is an effective tool since becoming an earth warrior also means being the voice for Mother Earth,”

11150541_902671543088721_7595593746846697152_nMedellin, Cebu | Kristille Mae Atinen believes that helping save Mother Earth starts at home so her advocacy is “making my home clean and green, be a role model to the Earth”. “I want to be part of a bigger community that would help the environment and for me to continue inspiring other people to help the Mother Earth,” the 18-year-old aspiring chef says when asked why she wants to be the winner.

11169961_902671549755387_5917800104228279825_nOrmoc City | Marianna Darlene Pepito, a 24-year-old hospital emergency volunteer, wants to pursue a universty degree in North America then plans to travel the world helping environment-driven organizations. But right now, she is fighting for the chance to be the next Miss Phiippines Earth.

“I would like to travel around Philippines and focus on reaching out to indigenous tribe and teach them eco-tourism. Little by little we can improve the lives of each Filipinos,” she says. She also wants to raise awareness about renewable energy resources.

11205169_902671659755376_6325682821652379925_nSogod, Southern Leyte | Lhiben Louriza Basco was Miss Maasin 1st princess in 2013 before eventually winning the Miss Earth Sogod 2015 title last March. This 18-year-old business administration student hopes to finish her studies so she can help her family. She is also a staunch advocate of the “three Rs”: reduce, reuse and recycle.

Miss Philippines Earth 2015: Mindanao’s bets

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Miss Philippines Earth 2015 candidates from Mindanao. (Photos from MPE official FB page)

Local pageant queens, students and tourism advocates comprise this year’s Miss Philippines Earth candidates from Mindanao. Will the next set of eco-warriors come from this region? We’ll find out during the coronation night on May 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

For now, let’s get to know them better.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY | Beatrice Alvarez, 22, considers winning the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 title as her most memorable moment so far. The half-German beauty is an International Studies graduate from Liceo de Cagayan University.

“I want to create a community environmental watchdog that is composed of the youth and young professionals. The group will have an active voice on local legislation and issues concerning our environment,” she writes on her MPE profile page.

11036831_902695509752991_3288602975653437002_nDAVAO CITY | One of the youngest in the batch is 18-year-old Merry Cris Dela Cruz. This future educator (she is taking up a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education) says she wants to win the competition because “I know in my self that I can make a difference”.  She cites conservation of fresh water resources as her advocacy.

11196293_902695549752987_3631425148876432470_nILIGAN CITY | Jocehl Cristoria, 20, also sites winning the Miss Iligan 2014 pageant as her most memorable moment. She finished her AB Filipino degree in MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.

As a survivor of Sendong, named the world’s deadliest storm for 2011, Jocehl advocates for reforestation. “I want to cultivate a bright future for the next generation by reviving and maintaining the beauty and prosperity of our dear mother Earth.”

1546171_902695629752979_3764061015271201119_nIPIL, ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY | Aside from fulfilling her dream of becoming a beauty queen, 20-year-old Maria Loraine Grengia wants to win so in order to promote Buluan Island. “I want to be the instrument in promoting our eco-tourism spot in our municipality as well as in the Philippines.”

At the same time, Maria Loraine wants their municipality to be eco-friendly. “I would like to implement cleanliness especially in these area (Buluan Island) that can surely create impact eco-tourism to the lives of other people,” she adds.

10439400_902695656419643_5298199456987610795_nKIDAPAWAN CITY | “I don’t want to be just a beauty queen; I want to be a beauty queen for a cause,” says 21-year-old Dyan Oniola who obtained her Communication and Media Studies degree from UP.

As someone from the so-called City of Fruits and Highland Springs, Dyan advocates for the preservation of sources of potable water. “We have to promote this as water is the most essential source to life.”

11188213_902695729752969_462776823090335210_nMISAMIS ORIENTAL | No stranger to pageants, Mitsume Aguilar represented Cagayan de Oro City in last year’s Miss Bikini Philippines pageant. She also finished 2nd runner-up in Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014. This 21-year-old Business Administration student is an advocate of green architecture.

11188261_902695753086300_8986478890353680809_nPAGADIAN CITY | Parisada Galicinao wants to continue what she has started as a former president of a non-government organization that aims to empower educate the youth about their social responsibilities. The 24-year-old Fil-Chinese beauty believes winning the MPE title will be “the best platform for me to pursue my mission on spreading environmental awareness”.

“We can show them (the youth) the exact ways of environment protection such as paper recycling, conserving water and energy and tell them the benefits of doing so,” writes the former Miss Pagadian Tourism titleholder on her MPE profile page. “Gradually, they will form the habit of protecting the earth themselves.”

11074378_902695773086298_6458952669547651038_nZAMBOANGA CITY | Jane Aguillon was boyish when she was a child and never thought she would end up joining pageants. Winning Top Model Zamboanga in 2011 opened doors of opportunities for the Airline management graduate. She said she is active in her city’s tourism department and wants to continue with this as her advocacy.

Miss Philippines Earth 2014: A post-pageant review

The Top 15 in evening gown

MPE-stageThe 14th edition of Miss Philippines-Earth (MPE) beauty pageant came to an end on Sunday night, May 11, with heavy favorite Jamie Herrell of Cebu City winning the crown and the right to wear the country’s sash in the international Miss Earth contest later this year.

Herrell’s victory didn’t come as a surprise. She was the top bet of most pageant observers since day one and was tagged as “the girl to beat” and “the front-runner of all front-runners” in the competition. Herrell truly lived up to expectations.

The 19-year-old Cebuana was the most applauded that night and she totally deserved it. She was fresh and radiant in swimsuit. She also had the perfect mix of elegance and queenly stance in her salmon pink gown that complemented her complexion. Her performance wasn’t over-the-top; it was perfect.

 

Herrell with her mother and siblings (left) and with her mentor Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores (right)
Herrell with her mother and siblings (left) and with her mentor Rodgil Flores of Kagandahang Flores (right)

The winning moment
Knowing that MPE gives importance to the Q&A round, this surely sealed the deal for Herrell.

When asked by former Akbayan congresswoman Risa Hontiveros if “we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth,” she replied: “In my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we’re having climate change, and we are the reason why we’re having floods. But, in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too.” She got the crown right at that moment.

Herrell follows a 3-year successful streak of the Philippines in the Miss Earth pageant. Athena Imperial and Stephany Stefanowitz made it to the Top 4 of the international pageant in 2011 and 2012, respectively, while Angelee delos Reyes finished in the Top 8 in 2013.

To be honest, Herrell is already a polished candidate and ready to compete should Miss Earth be held today. With her gorgeous face and good communication skills plus a good team to back her up (she’s under Kagandahang Flores, the team behind the most MPE winners and Bea Rose Santiago), she could duplicate the success of another Cebuana, Karla Henry, and become the country’s second Miss Earth titleholder.

MPE elemental queens flocked by fans
MPE elemental queens flocked by fans

Redemption, surprises, upsets
Completing Herrell’s elemental court are Diane Carmela Querrer of Tanauan City (Miss Philippines Air), Kimverly Covert of Dumaguete City (Miss Philippines Water), Ma. Paula Bianca Paz (Miss Philippines Fire), and Monique Teruelle Manuel (Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism.

It was a night of redemption for Querrer and Manuel, both MPE repeaters.

Querrer, who was disqualified from Bb Pilipinas 2014 a few days after the announcement of official candidates, was breezing through the competition. She had improved a lot since her MPE 2010 days. But her shining moment came during the Q&A round, when she said “we should check the alternatives [for] what we can do so we can lessen our carbon footprints and, in the long run, we can be a part of the solution [to] this long overdue issue of climate change.”

Meanwhile, Manuel improved from her Top 10 finish in MPE 2009. While her answer wasn’t the best in my opinion, she gave solid performances in both the swimsuit and evening gown rounds.

The most pleasant surprise was Covert’s inclusion in the Top 5. Her towering beauty truly stood out, plus she had one of the best answers that night. She was asked: “If you were to change one thing about the Philippines, what would it be and why?” The 25-year-old Negrense answered: “Honestly, I would like to change the mindset of the people. It’s true that we have a beautiful country and that’s one thing I am proud of. But sometimes, the people…do not know the value of what we have in the Philippines. If I would change something, I would like to teach them how great we can be.”

 

The MPE 2014 Top 15 in swimsuit
The MPE 2014 Top 15 in swimsuit

Finishing in the Top 10 are: Maria Jenny Gonzalez (Cainta, Rizal), Maria Bencelle Bianzon (Duenas, Iloilo), Crystal Star Aberasturi (Liloan, Cebu), Angelie Crizelle Ocampo (Santa Rita, Pampanga), and Melanie Balagtas (Fil-Sydney, Australia).

The coronation night’s biggest letdown was the exclusion of another favorite, Mary Anne Ross Misa, from the Top 10. She was among the best performers in swimsuit, but her gown must’ve cost her the placement. Joining her in the Top 15 are Ashlejane Alcancia (Fil-Brussels, Belgium), Janelle Tee (Davao City), Sarah Theresa Stewart (Muntinlupa City), and Leslie Ann Pine (San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija).

Ocampo, Aberasturi, and Stewart might have not made it to the top, but they shouldn’t lose hope. They should try out with Bb Pilipinas and Miss World Philippines, where their beauties will be much appreciated.

The MPE 2014 Top 15 in evening gown
The MPE 2014 Top 15 in evening gown

Long-awaited format change
It was an enjoyable experience watching the pageant live from the Mall of Asia Arena. The show wasn’t a bore. The girls were all over the place during the opening dance number, but it was exciting to hear them shout their hometowns one by one.

The format change was a welcome move. In previous years, all 40-plus candidates walked on stage in swimsuit and evening gowns. This year the production finally decided to have only the Top 15 battling it out on both rounds. That saved a lot of airing time and spared the show from some dragging moments.

What needs to be improved though is the lighting. The stage was too dark during the swimsuit competition, which should have been more festive. The evening gown portion was a bit dull and dry. The show in general was smooth except for that instance when host Karla Henry had to repeat a spiel. Her hosting partner, TV host-actor Robi Domingo, had good enunciation but lacked the charisma.

Pre-pageant activities
During the show, a VTR of MPE’s pre-pageant activities was shown. Since it had a concrete objective that was environmental awareness, MPE was able to come up with exciting activities for the girls.

It was a sight to behold when the girls got their hands dirty planting trees, teaching people about the need for environmental awareness, encouraging shoppers to use green bags, among other activities. Aside from that, the effort to bring the girls to some of the tourist spots in the country was truly commendable.

The MPE 2014 Elemental queens
The MPE 2014 Elemental queens

The elemental queens will be involved in the campaign for the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother Earth. The pressure is also on Herrell to keep the momentum going for the country in the Miss Earth pageant. It won’t be a cakewalk, but for sure it would be a memorable journey.

This article also appeared on Rappler.

Jamie Herrell of Cebu City wins Miss Philippines Earth 2014!

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Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, center, with her elemental court. ALL PHOTOS BY MISSOSOLOGY
Miss Philippines Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell, center, with her elemental court. ALL PHOTOS BY MISSOSOLOGY

Heavy favorite Jamie Herrell of Cebu City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2014 at the pageant night on Sunday, winning the right to represent the country in the international Miss Earth contest.

During the question-and-answer portion, Herrell was asked by former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros if “we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth”.

Host RObi Domingo and Jamie Herrell during the Q&A round.
Host RObi Domingo and Jamie Herrell during the Q&A round.

The 19-year-old Cebuana replied: “In my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we’re having climate change, and we are the reason why we’re having floods. But in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too.”

Herrell follows a three-year successful streak of the Philippines in the Miss Earth pageant. Athena Imperial and Stephany Stefanowitz both made it to the Top 4 of the international pageant in 2011 and 2012 respectively, while Angelee Delos Reyes finished in the Top 8 last year.

Completing Herrell’s elemental court are Diane Carmela Querrer of Tanauan City (Miss Philippines Air), Kimverly Covert of Dumaguete City (Miss Philippines Water), Ma Paula Bianca Paz (Miss Philippines Fire) and Monique Teruelle Manuel (Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism.

Querrer and Manuel were MPE repeaters, while Paz was named 3rd Princess in Miss World Philippines in 2011 and 2013.

The Top 15 in evening gown
The Top 15 in evening gown

Finishing in the Top 10 are: Maria Jenny Gonzalez (Cainta, Rizal), Maria Bencelle Bianzon (Duenas, Iloilo), Crystal Star Aberasturi (Liloan, Cebu), Angelie Crizelle Ocampo (Santa Rita, Pampanga) and Melanie Balagtas (Fil-Sydney, Australia).

Mary Anne Ross Misa (Makati City), Ashlejane Alcancia (Fil-Brussels, Belgium), Janelle Tee (Davao City), Sarah Theresa Stewart (Muntinlupa City) and Leslie Ann Pine (San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija).