By Kyle T.
This lady is a sweet-looking morena. Some
onlookers, who feel that she is a far cry from the likes of Eva Ekvall
and Cynthia Lander, say that photographers swarm around her just
because of the sash she carries. But in fairness to
Lirigmiel, she is not far behind. Just give her a few more days,
and she is all set to shine among the ladies. Now, since Miss
Venezuela cannot speak English, it was hard for any member of the
press to interview her, save for obliging to pose and smile
before the cameras. Fortunately when I approached Miss Venezuela in
one corner, Madame Joji Felix Velarde of Carousel Productions - who
speaks Spanish beautifully - was passing by and could not help but
notice our frustration in not being able to understand each other.
She agreed to act as our translator for a couple of questions.
What are your impressions of the Philippines before
you came here?
"…I am surprised
that I was coming here because I was only told one week before that I
will represent Venezuela in Miss Earth, so I had to quickly prepare
myself and study a bit of your country before going here. I read
a dictionary (or encyclopaedia) and looked up on everything about the
Philippines. I even looked in the world map. Right now, I
am so filled with emotions. Your country is very far from where
I came from! And I am surprised that I travelled very very
far to compete in a foreign country. But I feel that everything is
worth it because the people are very warm and friendly. "
Did you come here for the Miss Earth Pageant to
win, to place, or to just participate?
"…I think that
everybody here has intentions of winning the crown. But
personally, I also have the intention of meeting and knowing different
girls from many countries, learning their culture. Whether I win
or lose, I feel that I have already won a lot just by being