A new queen was chosen yesterday, November 11, during the
coronation night of Miss Earth 2007 at the University of the Philippines Theater in
Diliman, Quezon City. Ms. Canada Jessica Nicole Trisko bested 87 other
delegates for the title, which was previously held by Hil Hernandez of Chile.
The pageant, which was aired live last Sunday night on
ABS-CBN, was hosted by MTV Asia VJ Greg "Utt" Panichkul and Ms. Earth
2004 Priscilla Meirelles. The Brazilian
beauty queen is currently the flame of actor John Estrada.
Jessica is a political science Ph.D. student at McGill University
in Montreal, Quebec. Her mother, Maria Elizabeth Asuncion Domingo, hails from
Manila. The newly crowned beauty queen was born and raised in Vancouver,
A total of 88 environmentally aware and concerned young
ladies competed in the Miss Earth beauty pageant, which is organized by
Carousel Productions. Now on its seventh year, Miss Earth is a pioneering
beauty pageant that serves as a vehicle for environmental advocacy.
Ms. Philippines Jeanne Angeles Harn of Montalban, Rizal, was
adjudged the Most Photogenic for the competition. She is an account executive
for an advertising agency, as well as a commercial and print model.
Other special prizes given away that night include: Beauty
For A Cause Award: Bokang Montjane (Ms. South Africa); Miss Friendship: Amale
Al-Khoder (Ms. Lebanon); Miss Talent: Monica Baliunaite (Ms. Lithuania); and
Best National Costume: Jiraporn Sing-ieam (Ms. Thailand).
Ms. Venezuela Silvana Santaella was an early favorite among
the contestants as proven by her two special awards—Best in Long Gown and Best in
Another segment host that evening was 2006 Miss Philippines-Air Ginger Conejero,
who also works as a showbiz news reporter for the Kapamilya Network. During the
program, Ginger interviewed Ms. Canada Jessica Nicole Trisko, who told
the audience, "I'm so grateful and so blessed to have this opportunity to
represent my country. I wish the Filipinos so many blessings in return."
The 16 semi-finalists announced that night were: Jessica
Nicole Trisko (Ms. Canada); Eva Čerešňáková (Ms. Czech Republic); Themys
Febriel (Ms. Dominican Republic); Nanka Mamasakhlisi (Ms. Georgia); Pooja
Chitgopekar (Ms. India); Amale Al-Khoder (Ms. Lebanon); Elodie Delor (Ms.
Martinique); Stacey Garvey (Ms. Nigeria); Odilia Pineda (Ms. Peru); Alina
Gheorge (Ms. Romania); Bokang Montjane (Ms. South Africa); Angela Gomez Duran
(Ms. Spain); Ivana Gagula (Ms. Sweden); Stefanie Gossweiler (Ms. Switzerland);
Jiraporn Sing-ieam (Ms. Thailand); and Silvana Santaella (Ms. Venezuela).
They were later trimmed down to eight finalists, who all showed
off their winning form while wearing Filipiniana creations by Anthony Cruz
Legarda. His collection was dubbed E3, which stands for "Earth, Ethnic, and
Ms. Canada, Ms. India, Ms. Venezuela, Ms. Spain, Ms.
Georgia, Ms. Peru, Ms. Switzerland, and Ms. Thailand were then tasked to answer
questions from eight environmental leaders to determine if they would move on
to the final round.
MTV VJ Utt, who happens to be Thai, had to step in to
translate for Ms. Thailand since the interpreter had some difficulty
translating the contestant's answer.
For the final round, all scores are back to zero and they
will be judged based on their answer to the final question given to all of
them. The Final Four—composed of Ms. India Pooja Chitgopekar; Ms. Venezuela
Silvana Santaella; Ms. Spain Angela Gomez Duran; and Ms. Canada Jessica Nicole
Trisko—were given headsets so they could not hear the question and the response
of the other contenders.
The host asked the ladies one by one: How would you describe
the beauty of Mother Nature to a blind child?
Jessica gave a poetic answer: "I would say that the beauty
of Mother Nature smells as sweet as the sweetest rose, the beauty of Mother
Nature feels as soft as the softest leaf, and the beauty of Mother Nature sings
like the birds and the trees."
After tallying the scores, it was finally announced that Ms.
Canada Jessica Nicole Trisko is this year's Miss Earth 2007.
Ms. India Pooja Chitgopekar was proclaimed as Miss
Earth-Air, the contest's equivalent of a first runner-up.
Ms. Venezuela Silvana Santaella and Ms. Spain Angela Gomez
Duran were adjudged Miss Earth-Water and Miss Earth-Fire, respectively.