12, 2001 " Miss Estonia - What
a brave soul ...by kyle t."
The Miss Earth 2001 Press Presentation according to kyle t."
The Mabuhay Pageants team came in full force to attend the Press
Presentation of the Miss Earth 2001 candidates at the poolside of
Hotel Intercontinental Manila. Gerry Diaz, Boyet Blas, Ed ,
Joseph Vitug, Joey Guilas (currently news reporter of a major
network), and myself were all raring to view the candidates up close
and personal. This being my very first press presentation -
and in the international level at that - I initially had
apprehensions on how to go about the process of conducting myself in
such an activity. But with the all-out support of my
colleagues, especially Gerry (who by now is a walking authority on
Miss Earth) and Boyet, everything went smooth. It
rained the whole night and morning prior to this afternoonís
gathering but not to the point of dampening the affair altogether.
As is expected, media representatives from RPN-9 (Miss Earthís
Official Broadcaster), ABS-CBN 2, GMA-7, NBN-4, and the
leading dailies, were everywhere.
Productions, headed by Ramon Monzon, Lorraine Schuck, and Peachy
Veneracion, were such gracious organizers that all those who
attended were treated to lunch in one of the hotelís restaurant
outlets. Press kits were likewise given to everyone. Letís buckle
down to business now. The 35 official candidates (with 8 more
ladies expected to arrive within the next two days) were presented
in two-piece swimsuits of their choice. Since they were called
by host Charlie Ysmael in alphabetical order, Miss
Argentina, Daniella Stucan, paraded first. And if she
provided signs of things to come, it would be an understatement to
note that this batch is truly outstanding. One by one, the
other ladies followed in three groups, before they collectively sang
the Miss Earth theme song, "Woman of the Earth" towards
the end. I lost my count on how many drew oohs and aahs from
the audience because so many candidates are so beautiful and
mesmerizing. In particular, the ladies from Africa (Misses
Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar) were greeted with warm
applause. Another well-received lady was Miss Nicaragua,
Karla Jose' Leclair Monzon, who is such a pleasant sight to
behold. She actually exceeded our expectations.
In person, she radiates an electrifying presence. Miss
Brazil, Simone Regis, is smoldering with beauty, elegance, and
aura. A definite Top 10 material, if you ask me. But if
there are two delegates who literally stole the limelight from the
rest, they would have to be Misses Estonia and Philippines.
Evelyn Mikomagi introduced herself and went on a short spiel in
Tagalog! What a brave soul! Carlene Aguilar, on the
other hand, surprised a lot of the press people with her new-found
confidence and jaw-dropping figure. Wearing a skimpy black
two-piecer, she maximized her hometown advantage by strutting her
stuff to the fullest. I overheard quite a number of attendees
who stated that she is one of the two prettiest asian contestants,
along with Miss Malaysia, Joey Eng Li Tan. In my
opinion, the girls who stood out during the press presentation were Brazil,
Estonia, Nicaragua, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Malaysia,
Argentina, India, Ethiopia, and USA. If I had to choose
one lady who can be declared Best In Swimsuit, it would have to be Miss
Latvia, Jelena Keirane. Her 23-inch waistline is simply hard to
ignore. As for Miss Photogenic, it might be a toss-up among Misses
Brazil. Argentina, and Estonia. So far, the most
interviewed ladies are Misses USA Abby Royce, Estonia, and
Ethiopia, Nardos Tiluhan. This early, they are shaping up
to be the more profound/intelligent ones in the group.
Next stop, the National Costume Presentation which is
scheduled on Friday night, October 12.