Miss Earth 2017: The Kick-Off Weekend

The Earth Warriors have landed! And what better way to commence their month-long mission than with an activity in line with the pageant’s cause?

Last October 7, five (5) of this year’s Miss Earth candidates participated in the annual Manila Bay Clean Up drive co-mounted by Landbank. The PhilippinesKaren Ibasco, was joined by the first four (4) delegates to arrive, and they were: Colombia’s Juliana Franco, Hungary‘s Viktoria Viczian, Australia‘s Nina Robertson, and Angola‘s first ever Miss Earth contestant, Esmelinda de Matos. After the activity, the candidates got to unwind with a Zumba session held at the same venue.

As with previous years, the delegation will be divided into three (3) groups and distributed among 3 hotels. First to check in at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila were Switzerland‘s Sarah Laura Peyrel, Malaysia‘s Cherish Ng, and Vietnam‘s Ha Thu. The latter two could pass as sisters; their tandem apparently charmed the hotel staff. Another tandem who appear to be Boomerang staples in the hotel’s IG page consists of Balkan beauties, who arrived together the next morning. They are Bosnia and Herzegovina‘s Lela Karagic and Croatia‘s Bonita Kristic.

Come afternoon, only 1/3 of the expected candidates have checked in and only 11 took part in the meet and greet session with pageant bloggers in that hotel. Two candidates found themselves on the receiving end of gauche queries: Guadeloupe‘s Morganne Nester was asked “Are you sure you’re OK? You look tired“, while India‘s Shaan Shumas Kumar was asked if she’s learned Tagalog cuss words from her previous interactions with Pinoys. Portugal‘s Gloria Silva, the most timid of that group, struggled a bit with her limited English. While South Pacific beauties Cook IslandsMona Taio and Tonga‘s Diamond Langi were a breath of fresh air. The clear standout in that session, however, was USA‘s Cape Verdean-born Andreia Girbau, who was quite the chatterbox, along with the aforementioned Miss India.

Seen at the lobby later on, and narrowly missing the meet-and-greet were: Bolivia‘s Giancarla Fernandez, Brazil‘s Yasmin Engelke, CyprusArtemis Charalamous, Italy‘s Fabiana Enrica Barra, Northern Ireland‘s Marie Lynch, and Rwanda‘s Uwase Hirma Honorine.

Over at Diamond Hotel, a slightly similar situation: Only 13 candidates participated in the meet and greet. In addition to the ladies who participated at the Manila Bay clean-up the day before, present were: Canada‘s Jacqueline Marsh, France‘s Melissa Sturgen, Kyrgyzstan‘s Begimai Nazarova, Myanmar‘s Tin Sandar Myo, Nepal‘s Rojina Shrestha, Nigeria‘s Eucharia Akani, Peru’s Karen Rojas, Russia‘s Lada Akimova, and Samoa‘s Olivia Howman. Thus far, Misses Colombia and Philippines prove to be the antithesis to the stigma concerning Colombian-Filipino relations ignited in Miss Universe 2015. The two appear to be very good friends.

Lastly, seen arriving and posing at the lobby photo wall of Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites in Pasig were: Chile‘s Sofia Manzur, Czech Republic‘s Iva Uchytilova, Ecuador‘s Lessie Giler, Guatemala‘s Maria Jose Castañeda, Indonesia‘s Michelle Alriani, South Africa‘s Irini Moutzouris, Uganda‘s Josephine Mutesi, and the US Virgin IslandsKaylee Carlberg.

Photos c/o Miss Earth and Century Park Instagram pages. Keep checking our page for more updates! 

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