Karla Paula Henry, the country's representative for the Ms
Earth pageant was crowned as Ms Earth 2008. She won over Ms Tanzania, Miriam
Odemba who was chosen as Ms Earth Air.
The young Cebuana lass bested 84 other contestants at the
coronation held at Casino Filipino in the Clark Expo Amphitheater in Pampanga.
Ms Mexico, Abigail Elizalde Romo was Miss Earth Water and Tatiane Alves of Brazil was
hailed Ms Earth Fire.
The show was hosted by international singer Billy Crawford,
together with Riza Santos, who represented Canada
in the 2006 edition Ms Earth and Priscilla Meirelles Almeda, Ms Earth 2004
winner who represented Brazil.
The candidates of Miss Earth had been touring the Philippines and
creating environmental awareness among Filipinos and millions of people in other
Before the pageant proper began, the winners of the special
prizes were announced. Karla Henry had claimed her prize as Miss Photogenic. Ms
Panama, Shassia Ubillús, was hailed best in national
costume. Ms Mexico was best in Swimsuit. Venezuela's Daniela
Torrealba was best in long gown. Ms Australia was best in talent Andrea Carolina León of Ecuador was chosen as Miss
The coronation proper began when the 85 contestants were
then whittled down to 16. The line-up called representatives from Mexico, Spain,
Thailand, Poland, Brazil,
Philippines, Nigeria, Czech
Romania, USA, Russia,
Tanzania, Korea, Venezuela,
The top 16 displayed their shapely figures in their
swimsuits. From there, they were once again trimmed down to the final 8. Those
called were Spain, Brazil, Tanzania,
Philippines, Venezuela, Colombia,
Mexico and Switzerland.
The remaining candidates were elegant in the evening gown parade
but only four had to be chosen to go on to the final round. And these were Mexico, Philippines,
Brazil and Tanzania.
The clincher question for the pageant that host Billy
Crawford asked, "If you had the chance to speak the newly-elected US president
Barack Obama about the state of our global environment, what will you tell
The 21-year old Karla Henry said, "For me, what I would tell the
newly-elected president of the United States, being one of the most powerful
countries in the world, I would encourage him to use the environment or to
implement environmental knowledge in the curriculum of all schools, whether in
the United States or in the Philippines. Environmental knowledge is something
all of us must share. But most importantly, we must teach the youth for it
something we should instill in them so that in the near future they will be the
ones to take care of our mother earth. I firmly believe in the saying that the
children are our future."
Her answer was greeted with cheers from the enthusiastic
Miss Earth, considered to be one of the three big beauty
pageants in the world, is produced by Carousel Productions and broadcast on
ABS-CBN last night, November 9.