Filipinos can once again appreciate world-class beauties as the candidates of Miss Earth 2006 actively campaign for this year's selected theme—the issue of global warming.
Around 70 of the 89 Miss Earth 2006 candidates were presented to the media at the Traders Hotel in Roxas Boulevard last November 9. Clad in identical two-piece bikinis, the contestants displayed not only their stunning looks but also their concern for the environment.
Carousel Productions Inc., the organizer of this environment-oriented beauty pageant, focused on the issue of global warming in order to shift the people's perception of global warming from an abstract threat to a pressing reality. The pageant was supposed to be held outside of the country for the first time in its six-year history.
Originally, this year's Miss Earth competition was supposed to take place in Santiago, Chile. However, according to Peachy Veneracion, vice-president and project director of Carousel Productions, organizers in Chile failed to meet the August 29 deadline with regards to hotel bookings and media coverage. For this reason, Carousel Productions decided to let the Philippines continue to host the competition.
Miss Philippines Air 2006 Ginger Anne Conejero and Miss Philippines Ecotourism 2006 Reena Sarmiento hosted the press presentation.
Not surprisingly, the Philippines' representative to the environment-oriented beauty pageant, Catherine Untalan, received the loudest applause. The six-foot tall Psychology graduate of the University of the Philippines pointed out that "even burning garbage alone is harmful for our country."
Aside from Untalan, another candidate with Filipino blood is Ms. Earth Canada Riza Raquel Santos. Addressing the crowd in Tagalog, Riza told the local media that her father hails from Bulacan.
The Miss Earth candidates are also expected to help campaign the Philippines as a competitive tourist destination. Their presence in tourist spots such as Coron, Palawan; Batangas; Laguna; Lucena; Pampanga; and Quezon province is expected to generate global attention to these destinations.
The coronation night for Miss Earth 2006 is scheduled for November 26 at the National Museum Agripina Circle in the City of Manila. It will be televised nationwide on ABS-CBN at 9:30 PM and broadcast worldwide through Star World and The Filipino Channel.
The reigning Miss Earth, Alexandra Braun Waldeck of Venezuela, will crown her successor during the event.
Now on its sixth edition, Miss Earth has become the third largest beauty competition in the planet, after Miss World and Miss Universe contests. The titles of the winners are named after natural elements, namely: Miss Fire (equivalent to third runner-up), Miss Earth Water (second runner-up), and Miss Earth Air (first runner-up) while the grand winner is crowned as Miss Earth.