“Help save Mother Earth” was proclaimed and adopted as mantra by 40 candidates of the Miss Philippines Earth 2017 beauty pageant in Manila last Wednesday.
Wearing two-piece green swimwear, this year’s 40 Earth warriors presented their advocacy aimed at protecting the environment as they faced members of the press.
Samantha Viktoria Acosta, 18, of Pulilan, Bulacan, said that she was promoting “Green Time” for the youth.
“Green Time is an environmental awareness campaign aimed at the youth. The program encourages them to allot at least five minutes every day to do something meaningful for the environment,” said Acosta, who won a gold medal after she was named “Darling of the Press.”
“I intend to create environmental awareness, build a connection between the youth, the community and the environment and change their perception about the environment through experiential environmental activities,” said Acosta.
Kim De Guzman, 25, of Olongapo City, said that her advocacy focuses on eco-tourism.
“The Philippines is one of the best countries in the world known for its naturally beautiful tourist destinations. Now it’s time to influence people to be an eco-tourist, a responsible traveler who will help conserve the environment and the well being of the present and future generation,” said de Guzman, who won the silver medal for the “Darling of the Press” special award.
Anne Krishia Antonio, 22, of Porac, Pampanga; and Catherine Tabaniag, of Panglao, Bohol tied for bronze medal as press favorites.
“My advocacy is educating the business community on proper waste management and plastic reduction through the human resources department,” said Antonio.
On the other hand, 18-year-old Tabaniag said: “My advocacy is youth empowerment through education which has a slogan of ‘My Earth, my responsibility’. I already started this cause in my own Municipality of Panglao by conducting a ‘Bukas-Aklat Project’ to the out-of-school children to give them the mindset that they are the hope of the future to integrate the values of a Filipino as a nature lover.”
Organizers of the environment-driven contest said that pageant fans will get to witness for the first time the never-before-seen process of pre-judging event.
For the first time in pageantry, Miss Philippines Earth will deviate from the standard pre-judging practices, they said.
“In this age of social media, netizens can now follow the pageant every step of the way as we take them with us to the most controversial part of the pageant to reveal what goes on during the usual closed-door selection process which determines the finalized names we announce on coronation night,” said Ramon Monzon, chairman and CEO.
The 40 candidates will be chosen based on three categories: Beauty of Figure and Form, Beauty of Face and Poise, and Intelligence and Dedication.
“I am always asked why or how a delegate made it to the finals. Now they can see for themselves,” said EVP Lorraine E. Schuck.