Miss Earth : NEWS
13, 2001 India wins
Best in National Costume; Bolivia makes a dramatic entrance by Kyle
National costumes- muy grandiosa!
the plush Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Intercontinental
Manila, the 37 official delegates (with the addition of Miss
Australia and Miss Bolivia + the expected
arrival of 5 other delegates on Sunday) were presented in their
respective national costumes. Mabuhay Pageants was well represented
in the event with Gerry Diaz, Boyet Blas, Joseph
Vitug, and kyle t. all in attendance.
The ladies, more lovely as each day passes by, were all garbed in
attires evoking national pride. And as they introduced themselves
one by one, an additional explanation was given as to what is being
symbolized by their costumes. Some of them brought heavily-adorned
designs (like Misses Brazil, Panama, Japan
and Singapore), while a good number played safe with
lightweight numbers (like Misses Estonia, Russia,
Latvia, Denmark, and USA).
The more elegant pieces, though, were worn by Misses
Philippines, India, Ethiopia,
The first part of the auction was likewise conducted with delegates
from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia,
Estonia, and Gibraltar presenting
souvenir items unique from their country of origin. Miss Argentina's
unique gold-plated container and peeler was auctioned for US$100.00,
while Gibraltar's set of crystal goblets fetched the same amount.
Miss Estonia, however, was able to sell her own painting of two
large hands holding the earth for US$200.00, the same figure
Miss Colombia had for her brass ashtray.
But since the announcement of the winner for Best National
Costume was eagerly awaited by the audience, the auction was cut
short (to be continued during other sponsors' nights). It did not
come as a surprise that MISS INDIA, SHAMITA
SINGHA, was voted by the panel of judges headed by
Intercon Manila GM Michael Hermann and Bb. Pilipinas Universe
1991 Alou Gonzales. She was indeed a lovely choice among all
the delegates, although we cannot help but gush as well on Miss
Philippines' all-white "Pearl of the Orient Seas" gown
that drew a lot of applause and the Crouching Tiger-inspired
(complete with sword) one of Miss Singapore.
Afterwards, some of the ladies (now in cocktail dresses) joined the
audience in picture-takings, brief chats/interviews, and the like.
As always, the more effervescent and sociable among them stood out,
such as Misses Estonia, Brazil, Gibraltar,
Singapore, India, Guatemala,
and Russia. All in all, it was a successful affair.
Photos: (top to bottom) Delegates getting
ready to enter the stage; Spectacular Miss Earth Panama costume;
Miss Earth Kazakhstan; Nardos of Ethiopia describing her costume