21 comments on “Beauties and the Whale Sharks

  1. C Mariam pa rin pala ang rep ng Venezuela kahit may new rules na ang MUO na dapat same year na nanalo sa national contest ang maging rep sa MU, hindi yung nanalo last year sa national contest ang ipadala sa MU this year which is the case of Mariam.
    Hindi kaya sya madisqualify 🙂

    Sa MU website:

    VENEZUELA (MARIAM HABACH)
    Age: 20
    Hometown: El Tocuyo Edo Lara
    Height: 6’
    Birthday: January 26 (agaw-eksena ang bday na to, charot)
    Perseverance, hard working and determined is how 20 year-old, Mariam Habach, would describe herself. As a student studying dentistry, she is focused on providing children with the care they need for healthy and beautiful smiles. Her passion for helping others led her to work with more than two thousand adolescents in her volunteer work as Miss Venezuela. When Habach takes time out for herself, she enjoys singing and dancing. Habach is grateful to be representing Venezuela in the upcoming competition, and hopes to advocate for HIV awareness if she take home the crown.

  2. why controversial? what was the issue about them swimming with the sharks? the idiomatic expression?

    • Some activists wana save the whale sharks… he says it will bring more tourists that could kill the animal..

      • kill the animal? pssshh! sobra na.. eh what have these activists contribute? nothing… siempre there will be regulations.

      • Padede Boy, swimming with such close proximity with the whale sharks is bad. First of all, we have to ask this question: How were they able to swim with the butandings as close as they had, and right on schedule at that? Simple. Fishermen in Oslob keep the whale sharks in captivity. They feed the poor creatures with things that are not on the natural diet of whale sharks.

        “Whale sharks in the wild eat about 20 kilograms of food a day. They feed on plankton, macro-algae, and various crustaceans. In Oslob, only one type of food is given. The whale sharks are fed dead, frozen shrimps, which have reduced nutrient content.” (Oposa, 2012)

        Furthermore, humans need to use boats to get close to these fishes, and most of the time the propellers end up wounding the butandings (you can google pictures of those if you need proof) And most of all, we know that wild animals (and by wild, i mean creatures that are not and should not be domesticated) kept in captivity live shorter that their relatives who are free to go wherever they want and follow their natural lifestyle. That is why whale shark watching in Donsol is preferred offer that of Oslob because whalesharks in Donsol are not held captive and people are not allowed to go close to them. Though there is no guarantee that there will be whale sharks sighting in Donsol any time of the day, it assures everyone that nature is not paying the price for humans’ entertainment. For further details you can visit this site: http://savephilippineseas.com/2012/08/23/why-feeding-of-whale-sharks-should-stop/.

        “kung mali, bakit ginagawa pa rin?” you might ask. Simple lang ang sagot. the local government in Oslob doesnt have enough political will to stop this activity. Mawawalan ng kabuhayan ang mga residente nila (at mawawalan sila ng botante)

        We may think na, butanding lang naman yan, mas importante and tao. So ok lang na mamatay sila and all, and humans will not be affected. Pero they are part of nature. I cannot express how drastic the effects will be coz i only learned about this in my Marine Science 1 class last semester, pero i am certain na matindi ang singil ni Mother Nature.

        Sure ako may ibang tao na magsasabi na ang OA ng comment ko, but it’s the truth. I love MU, and im sure hindi nila kasalanan (coz the local producers want to brag about how beautiful our country is without really considering the ecological costs of this bragging). But this goes beyond pageantry, One important thing that we’re taught in class is that you should grab every opportunity to raise awareness. Wag sanang dumating ang time na kapag wala na tayong nakikitang Butanding sa Pilipinas eh dun pa lang tayo gagawa ng proper action.

    • I agree with unorthodox. These gentle giants should be left on their own so as not to alter their migratory route, natural diet and survival instincts. Si ariel, marina, dyesebel at dugong lang ang dapat palapitin sa mga butanding dahil close sila. 😀

    • Thanks unorthodox for the wonderful explanation and shedding much light. If these whale sharks are indeed held in captive in order to get money (for the fishermen and local government), these creatures are unable to migrate.

      More info-
      http://dive-bohol.com/conservation/5-reasons-not-go-oslob/

      If we want to promote tourism for the Philippines, we have to do it the right way. We need to educate people on how are we all connected in this planet. The whale sharks are considered vulnerable species.

      http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/whale-shark

      The distribution of whale sharks indicates the presence of plankton and the overall health of our oceans. If they are gone, it creates a domino effect on the planet’s ecosystem. Same goes with each species in this planet.

      Let’s promote Philippine tourism for the most prestigious beauty contest, Miss Universe, with the love and protection for our planet… our only home in this vast universe. Mabuhay!

    • Thanks unorthodox for the wonderful explanation and shedding much light. If these whale sharks are indeed held in captive in order to get money (for the fishermen and local government), these creatures are unable to migrate.

      More info: dive-bohol.com/conservation/5-reasons-not-go-oslob/

      If we want to promote tourism for the Philippines, we have to do it the right way. We need to educate people on how are we all connected in this planet. The whale sharks are considered vulnerable species.

      http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/whale-shark

      The distribution of whale sharks indicates the presence of plankton and the overall health of our oceans. If they are gone, it creates a domino effect on the planet’s ecosystem. Same goes with each species in this planet.

      Let’s promote Philippine tourism for the most prestigious beauty contest, Miss Universe, with the love and protection for our planet… our only home in this vast universe. Mabuhay!

    • Meanie C2f
      Si Kat sobrang Papel kasi. It’s irritating. Her hosting the show does not give her the credentials to do the tourism job .. at least she should try not to be visible
      Tse hihihi

    • Puro beauty queen kasi ang kasama, sana pumorma naman ng naaayon para hindi naman nagmumukhang kawawa… Maganda pa ayos nung magtitinda sa palengke o.

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