If you keenly watched the opening number of Miss Earth 2011, you will have noticed one of the candidates doing more than just a Miriam Quiambao when she fell on the stairs leading to centerstage. The girl happens to be Miss Philippines Athena Mae Imperial. And being the real trouper, she quickly regained her poise, stood up and continued to blend with the choreography as if nothing happened. In fact, the slight incident was easily forgotten as Miss Philippines made the cut to the Top 16, sashayed her way to the Top 8 Semifinalists, elegantly glided to the Final 4 and ended with the Miss Earth-Water 2011 crown all in one night.
Looking back, Athena Mae Imperial is destined to place well in Miss Earth 2011 and contribute her share in the splendid international performance of our Filipina beauty queens this year. Her kind of beauty may not sit well with some quarters, but we cannot deny the fact that she is one brainy lady who can express herself with a lot of sense. The Miss Earth-Water 2011 title is a vindication, and while some pageant fans are against her inclusion in the Final 4 (even the Top 8), we have to accept the fact that she performed well and made our country proud in the pageant.
At this point, Athena can help Miss Earth 2011 Olga Alava Vargas in all the environment-related causes lined up for the winners in the next number of months. Time to move on and focus on what is more important, i.e., joining hands in protecting Mother Earth. 😉