4 comments on “Miss Earth 2012 Challenges: Updated Scorecards as of Nov. 10

  1. Norman — Thanks for the update. An unrelated question which I’ve heard discussed in pageant circles:

    As Miss Earth enters its critical second decade of existence, do you think the pageant will be able to surpass itself and attain the same status as Miss Universe or Miss World? Or is it losing momentum — as critics have pointed out, given its more humble venue this year which may well be a red flag for financial troubles and smaller than anticipated broadcasting draws — and be forever relegated as a second-tier pageant, or worse? Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?

    • You raised very good points, Glenn. And this must be why Carousel injected the awarding of medals this year as a new form of incentive that would give practically all delegates several chances not to go home empty-handed. Another new concept is the Eco-Beauty Video Online Voting which encourages the ladies to show to the world what improvements their country has made or is continuously making to help nurture the environment. If money concerns are starting to wear the organizers down, then it is my hope that well-meaninged financiers here and in other countries can see the strong potentials of Miss Earth to further evolve as the most important beauty conference that can serve as balance to the prestigious but skin-deep glam of Miss Universe and the highly-attended but questioned credibility of Miss World.

      While Miss Earth appears to be the pubescent stepsister of its much older siblings in the pageant industry, it has come out as the most relevant in terms of objectives. I know that other nations have already expressed their deep desire to handle the contest year after year. But with Carousel’s meticulous desire to help keep the successful staging of the same, Vietnam has been the only one that carried through with their commitment from start to finish. Thailand is ready to make up for their abruptly cancelled hosting last year in 2013. But if it means that the Philippines will forever be the venue, then so be it. If only I were a Philanthropist, I would always give my financial support to the group.

      Miss Earth needs to be kept alive. For beauty and nature’s sake.

      • Have the organizers considered teaming up with the Philippines’ Department of Tourism? After all, the pageant can play a major role in promoting Ecotourism in the Philippines. Fostering this kind of governmental relationship viz-a-viz achieving specific tourism goals can help the pageant’s growth and get the benefit of using government-owned venues, for example. As long as the spheres of influence between the organizers and government are clearly defined, and so long as the pageant’s credibility and autonomy are not impacted negatively, this might be the way to go.

        Similarly (and you may already know this), the Miss International pageant is an incorporated organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese government with the specific aim of promoting Japan’s cultural image abroad. Perhaps Carousel and the Philippine government should look into this symbiotic model.

      • In the past, I’m sure Carousel has already gotten in touch with DOT for a possible tie-up. Nothing may have come out of it yet since the latter has been involved in the worldwide campaign of ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ for more than a year now. Hopefully, something solid will be finalized by 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand will be at the helm next year).

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