So much has been said about the running joke of the Philippines winning Miss Earth 2012 in Manila after China won Miss World in Ordos and Japan getting its first Miss International crown in Okinawa. There’s even a follow-up that American Olivia Culpo will be picked as MU2012 in Las Vegas. I’m not saying that it is impossible for Miss Earth Philippines Stephany Stefanowitz to be selected Miss Earth 2012 since we are hosting the same. But at this juncture, leveled-up credibility is at stake more than anything else. There are only two sides to choose: “let her” claim victory and ride the wave of host nations crowning their own or simply allow fate to decide where she falls into place regardless of the ranking – clapper or semifinalist.
Sad that Stephany had to be near the eye of a pageant storm in her year of representation. The girl is highly competitive, well-spoken, and would not back down from a challenge. And it would be foolish to say that she does not stand a chance of outplaying a great majority of the candidates. Pre-arrival buzz, though, would safely favor at least five entries (no naming of names at this point yet) more than her. If only the original arrangement of holding the finals in Indonesia materialized, then there wouldn’t have been an issue to start with.
So back to the title of this post – to win or not to win Miss Earth 2012? I’d be happy with a Top 16 placement at best. Anything higher than that would invite unnecessary potshots from all over. Top 8 would blow strong winds of disgust on the net and getting an elemental spot is very likely to turn off countries from joining again in 2013. Let there be no remnants of Karla Henry, Cathy Untalan, Sandra Seifert and Athena Imperial. For now.