Newly crowned Ms. Earth 2007 Jessica Nicole Trisko (2nd from left) is flanked by the members of her royal court: (L-R) Miss Earth-Water, Silvana Santaella Arellano from Venezuela; Miss Earth-Air, Pooja Chitgopekar from India; and Miss Earth-Fire, Angela Gomez from Spain.

Photo: Noel Orsal

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, British Columbia.


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 Swimsuit.


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 Élan."


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.