Let me get out in the open now. This is a very strong batch of candidates for Miss Earth 2016. And I am going out on a limb by saying that it will be very difficult for the Philippines to achieve a rare three-peat victory after Jamie Herrell and Angelia Ong. This is a field with the most beautiful Latinas, the most appealing Europeans, the most winsome Africans and the most attractive Asians ever assembled for an edition of the environment-themed beauty pageant.
Now that I have that set aside, the Press Presentation of Miss Earth 2016 was such a clockwork affair that it started and finished on time. Owing to the back-breaking schedule of activities for the candidates, there is no room left for lazing around and waiting for things to happen. And because of that, the whole affair did not give members of the media a lot of time for personal photo ops and the like. It did not really dismay a lot because a prompt start and solid finish would be preferable over long hours under the sun.
To come up with early favorites for now would be tough. But it needs to be done. So just to ease the forecast a bit, allow me to name the standouts in each continent first.
From the Americas, Stephanie de Zorzi of Venezuela and Corrin Stellakis are leaders, along with Katherine Espín of Ecuador. From Africa, there is Chioma Precious Obiadi of Nigeria and Chioma Priscilla Achieng of Uganda. From Europe, Klaudia Parsberg of Denmark, Aleksandra Cherepanova of Russia and Cloie Syquia Skarne of Sweden lead the way. And from Asia, Imelda Schweighart of the Philippines, Chae-Yeung Lee of Korea and Ami Hachiya of Japan could not be ignored. I did not include ladies from the Caribbean first because I did not see either Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the roster. But let me add some more who will definitely fire up the competition soon if they keep up with the promise shown earlier. They are Luissa Burton of England, Bruna Zanardo of Brazil, Brunella Fossa of Peru, Deborah van Hemert of the Netherlands and Itzel Paola Astudillo of Mexico.
Here are photos of my picks so far:
More on Miss Earth 2016 soon!