Miss Earth : NEWS
31, 2001 "
THE MOST DESERVING
BATCH OF WINNERS IN YEARS by
MISS EARTH 2001 Catharina
Svensson and her Court(REUTERS INTL PHOTO)
After three weeks of covering the Miss
Earth 2001 candidates, the contest culminatedin the glittering finals
on October 28, 2001 at the UP Theater. After an unexpectedly long
wait, the excitement began to build up with the announcement of the 10
semi finalists. As the name of each semifinalist was called, it was
met with lusty applause of approval by the audience. Misses USA,
Estonia, India, Argentina, Denmark, Latvia, Bolivia, Kazakstan,
Philippines and the last semi finalist is.....At this point the
audience was holding its breath as there were still at least two
delegates who were predicted to make it to the Top 10 but only one
slot was lefy which was taken by Miss Brazil. Simone Regis was a crowd
favorite that night so the end of the announcement was again met with
I got 9 out of 10 semi finalists with Denmark taking the solo slot I
reserved for Miss Kenya. Miss Denmark was however , in my list of
alternated for the Top 10. The other candidate expected to make it was
Miss Ethiopia. If there were 12 semifinalists, I'm sure these lovely
two ladies would have surely made it.
The semifinalists' analysis and insights of a photograph as related to
an environmental issue was the big deciding factor for the selection
of the Top 4 finalists. This portion is unique to Miss Earth and is
definitely more difficult than the standard Question and Answer
portion as it requires not only good communication skills but
conceptual competence as well. First the candidate must be able to
recognize the photo correctly. Second, she must be able to relate it
to an environmental issue. Third, she should offer a practical and
good solution to the concern or problem, Lastly, she must be able to
enunciate her views in clear and no uncertain terms. It is in this
portion where erstwhile top favorites bungled and dropped to the lower
The best statements came from Miss USA and Miss Denmark with Miss
Brazil and Miss Argentina giving equally sensible views. It is
interesting to note that two of the best commentaries came from the
delegates who did not speak English very well.
Miss USA impressed me with her statement that not all logging
activities are illegal. But after pointing out that the world has a
lot of paper wastage, she wished advertising companies would stop
sending advertising materials via mail which for the most part are not
even read. This way, there will be less paper requirements and
therefore, less illegal logging activities. Unfortunately for Miss
USA, there were a lot of gorgeous ladies in her batch. Otherwise, she
would have made the Top 4. By the way Abby Royce is a spokesperson in
the US for various environmental concerns.
Miss Denmark was shown a picture of a river with two men canoeing. She
started by saying that we should take care of our forests because a
city with no nature is not good for our health. She also cautioned
against destruction of the environment because we need oxygen to
sustain life. She ended up by saying that we should keep and preserve
Mother Earth to make it a place worth living in for future
I was not sure how Miss Brazil would perform in this portion since she
does not speak English very well. Howevever, I was very happy to
realize that beneath that lovely face and a beautiful body was an
intelligent woman. Shown a picture of a young boy drinking water from
what looked like a fountain, Simone commented that it showed the pure
joy of drinking fresh, clean water. She then reminded everyone that
the world has limited water supply so we should keep our water
resources clean. Miss Brazil also called on everyone to stay united
and motivated to keep pollution out our water sources and to protect
Miss Argentina described as terible the practice of burning tires. She
said that everyone in this world breathes the air and if we continue
the practice of burning tires it will be bad for our health. She added
that once we damge the air, it will be difficult to solve or clean it
up. Daniela also said that the Earth is our house and we need to
protect it for future generations.
The very lovely Miss Kazakhstan did not score well in this portion.
Shown a picture of a river with a gree forest in the backgrounds, she
failed to connect it to an environmental concern and instead mouthed
general motherhood statements in a roundabout manner. She described
the photo as "a tropical place, with a river, many beautiful
trees, so green and the sky." She expressed hope that every
country will have this kind of picture. Margarita also emphasized that
"rivers must stay in this planet since it is very important for
us and the next generation, the future of our planet".
Notwithstanding her poor performance in this round, her high rating in
the swimsuit and evening gown portion must have pulled her up to the
Top 4. Her blonde, doll-like features and beautiful body were just too
good to ignore.
And now, Miss India. She must have disappointed a lot of her fans who
expected her to do well in this segment because of the much touted
intelligence and excellent communication skills of Indian beauties.
What was expected to be a breeze for her didn't turn out to be so.
Shown a photo of a waterfall, a river and a forest, she failed to
connect it to the environmental issues of illegal logging and water
pollution. Although she briefly talked about preserving our forests, I
was surprised when she segued into her opening spiel about sharing our
planet with animals. then she shifts gears and talks about protecting
the ozone layer and that we should not tamper with it. This was not at
all related to the photos that was shown. It was evident at this point
that Miss India has lost grasp of the situation was just making
general, motherhood statements. I was expecting she would do well in
this portion to offset her poor showing in the swimsuit competition
where I ranked her 6th. For her environmental statements I ranked her
9th. And thus, Miss India's chances at the finals flew out of the
window. Too bad, I'm sure she would have nailed the final question but
that's now spilled milk.
Misses Estonia, Latvia, Philippines and Bolivia all gave statements
that were generalizations and did not make any remarkable view that it
was a foregone conclusion that they would nat make the finals. Now
that we've analyzed their performance in the environmental photo
analysis, I hope that we have answered the questions that were in the
minds of some members of our Mabuhay family.
For my next article, I'll analyze the performance of the Top 4
finalists and how they ranked. Watch for it! !