How is our Miss Earth 2016 host delegate doing in the flurry of ongoing activities?
Imelda Schweighart is part of the highly competitive Group 3 where she needs to pit beauty, brains and personality with the likes of hot favorites Stephanie de Zorzi of Venezuela and Katherine Espín of Ecuador. Is she stepping up her game? Or could she be intimidated by the tough field that thinking of the back-to-back-to-back mission along with it gives her reasons to just coast along and enjoy the ride as far up as it takes her?
I have managed to talk to people close to Imelda and, while they know of her occasionally playful and child-like personality that can be easily misconstrued as being less committed to her responsibilities, there is only one thing they can say in unison – trust her to deliver when it matters most. I admit that we are merely acquainted with each other and the bond still leaves much to be desired in terms of trust and openness. But as a trained Psychologist, I have always sensed the acquired taste of a personality that will only grow positively on anyone if she is given the chance to prove her spunk and intelligence. If the shock value dominates all first impressions, then that won’t leave any room to giving her a chance to become popular than lightly infamous.
Imelda talks a lot of sense once you hit the right chords in her. Otherwise, you either get jarred or alienate her presence. But in an international pageant like Miss Earth, nobody has the generous elbow room to rise above wrinkled foreheads at the onset.
I know that the Philippines getting the crown for the third consecutive year will prove suicidal for Carousel Productions. And on that level alone, I would classify Imelda as an extreme longshot for the big win. But if the circumstances were any different (i.e., not having won for the longest years of waiting), then I know that Miss Philippines Earth 2016 will fight tooth and nail to get the Ramona Haar headpiece.
Let’s see what aces this Palawenya has up her sleeves in the remaining week of the competitiom before the winner gets to be crowned on October 29.