Miss Earth pageant comes back home

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THE PHILIPPINES once again plays host to the 16th edition of Miss Earth, the highly anticipated international environmental event that has been crowning beauty queens who serve at the forefront of promoting environmental awareness.

The announcement was made by Carousel Production’s Executive Vice President and Miss Earth founder Lorraine Schuck. Following the success of the Austrian staging of the event last year, Carousel thought it best to bring back Miss Earth to its home country where change is adamantly implemented in different sectors.

“It has always been our mission to encourage everyone to make a change in their day-today activities in terms of lessening their carbon footprint,” states Schuck. “Imagine the effects of these little steps if there would be millions who are willing to make that change.”

Carousel believes that the Philippine staging of the 2016 Miss Earth pageant will amplify the current administration’s stand on environmental issues. Both Carousel and the current Environment Secretary Gina Lopez have been partners in the past in the campaign for a cleaner and greener environment.

This year’s delegates are scheduled to visit ecotourism destinations in different parts of the country. A far cry from the leisure and touristy spots, 2016 Miss Earth will showcase the rich biodiversity of the country and encourage sustainability in the process.

“We understand the need to raise funds through the promotion of our tourist spots, but not to the point of compromising nature,” Schuck explains. “We also need to strike a balance between creating profit and conserving the environment for the benefit of small communities.”

Ninety delegates are expected to arrive by early October. Aside from the event’s thrust to promote environmental consciousness, the 2016 Miss Earth pageant promises to be another spectacular television event that will be seen in an estimated 190 countries around the world.

“We are very thankful for the support we have been getting from different international television networks,” shares Carousel President Ramon Monzon. “Our international broadcast is not only an indication of the worldwide popularity of Miss Earth, but equally important, it’s also a sign that Miss Earth’s mission is being heard and done in various countries.”

The grand coronation night of the 2016 Miss Earth pageant is slated on Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the MOA Arena in Pasay City, with local and international live telecast.

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IMELDA Bautista Schweighart from Puerto Princesa City will represent the Philippines in the 2016 Miss Earth pageant.

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