ME Philippines Sandra Seifert scored a double victory in the preliminaries of Miss Earth 2009. After clinching the Best in Swimsuit award last weekend at Fontana, she went on to score the highest in the long gown category and was named Best in Evening Gown as well. This makes her a shoo-in for the semifinals and possibly a spot in the elemental Top 4.
Here is a video of Sandra Seifert modeling her evening gown during the final preliminaries for the event.
video courtesy of YouTube/deybid007
The other ladies who landed the Top 15 in this category are:
ME USA Amy Diaz
ME Italy Luna Isabella Voce
ME Korea Yeju Park
ME India Shriya Kishore
ME Thailand Rujinan Phanseethum
ME Spain Alejandra Echevarria
ME Paraguay Gabriela Rejala
ME Mexico Natalia Quinones Perez de Jalisco
ME Venezuela Jessica Barboza
ME Colombia Alejandra Castillo Munera
ME Guam Maria Luisa Santos
ME Ukraine Karina Golovata
ME Brazil Larissa Ramos
ME Poland Izabela Wilczek
In addition, two other special awards were given:
Miss Photogenic: ME Czech Republic Tereza Budkova
Miss Congeniality: ME Switzerland Graziella Rogers
All the Miss Earth ladies will be departing for Boracay come Friday in preparation for the finals on Sunday night.
Miss Earth Tanzania, Evelyne Almasi, is the recipient of the first special award of Miss Earth 2009. She was handed the Best National Costume prize and bested a multitude of other equally outstanding attires representing the different countries in the pageant. As you can see in the photo below, her tree-inspired outfit is truly descriptive of the environmental cause of Miss Earth.
ME Tanzania Evelyne Almasi in her tree-inspired national costume voted as best in the competition.
There were also sponsor prizes given. Miss Earth Puerto Rico, Dignelis Jimenez, was named ‘Face of New Placenta’, while Miss Earth Guam, Maria Luisa Santos, was adjudged Miss Pasig-Gandahan. Miss Earth Philippines, Sandra Seifert, was given the Nesvita Special Award during the Press Presentation.
ME Tanzania Evelyne Almasi after being named winner of the National Costume Competition
Images courtesy of Melvin Sia of OPMB Worldwide Forums.
Here is a video of the Welcome Dinner hosted by Carousel Productions and Miss Earth Foundation for all the Miss Earth 2009 delegates already accounted for. Here, you will see the girls in motion instead of just snap shots. Do keep in mind that the arrival photos were taken right after the ladies arrived from the airport so they haven’t really settled in just yet.
video courtesy of YouTube/ecurb of OPMB Worldwide
You will notice some of the ladies who were not featured in the last two blogs like Miss Earth Switzerland Graziella Rogers, Miss Earth Macau Jia Pei, Miss Earth Albania Suada Saliu, Miss Earth Mexico Natalia Quinones Perez and Miss Earth Turks & Caicos Alison Capron.
Here is the 2nd video of the news clip from ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol about Miss Earth 2009 and the early favorites.
video courtesy of YouTube/TheABSCBNNews
You will also see here the interviews with the tallest Miss Earth 2009 candidate Aheu Deng Kudum (Miss South Sudan) who stands 6’5″ and the ladies with Filipino descent like Alejandra Mendoza of Honduras and Maria Luisa Santos of Guam plus a brief talk with Carousel Productions’ Lorraine Schuck.
More updates in the next few days!
As promised, here are more pictures of the Miss Earth 2009 ladies who have already arrived in the country. Carousel Productions hosted a welcome dinner for everyone where the 50+ already registered delegates were in a ‘getting-to-know-you’ mode with one another. They already checked-in at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas last Sunday. More representatives are expected to arrive late yesterday and today before the scheduled Press Presentation tomorrow.
Miss Earth Slovenia Maja Jamnik
Miss Earth Spain Alejandra Echevarria
Miss Earth Thailand Rujinan Phanseethum
Miss Earth Puerto Rico Dignelis Taymi Jimenez
Miss Earth Honduras Alejandra Mendoza
Miss Earth Singapore Valerie Lim
Miss Earth Serbia Dijana Milojkovic
Miss Earth Czech Republic Tereza Budkova
Miss Earth Panama Geraldine Higuera
Miss Earth Colombia Alejandra Castillo Munera
Miss Earth Brazil Larissa Ramos
Miss Earth Martinique Pascale Nelide
Miss Earth Dominican Republic Mariel Garcia
Miss Earth Canada Lateesha Ector
Miss Earth China Xu Yan
Miss Earth Guam Maria Luisa Santos
Miss Earth Malaysia Mandy Nandu
Miss Earth Hungary Korinna Kocsis
Miss Earth Georgia Nonna Diakonidze
More pictures to follow!
All images above are courtesy of Bruce Casanova of OPMB Worldwide Forums.
Here are more confirmed delegates for Miss Earth 2009 scheduled to culminate with the coronation night at the Boracay Convention Center on November 22. The list is getting longer and this should augur well for the 3rd largest beauty pageant, worldwide that is. As mentioned in two previous blogs, the delegates will start arriving this coming weekend and will be officially billeted at Discovery Suites in the Ortigas Business District for the entirety of their Manila stay before moving to Boracay Island towards the homestretch.
Miss Earth Mexico 2009 NATALIA QUINONES PEREZ DE JALISCO
Miss Earth Colombia 2009 ALEJANDRA CASTILLO MUNERA
Miss Earth Latvia 2009, DIANA KUBASOVA
Miss Earth India 2009 SHRIYA KISHORE
Miss Earth Thailand 2009 RUJINAN PHANSEETHUM
Miss Earth Guam 2009 MARIA LUISA SANTOS
Miss Earth Canada 2009 LATEESHA ECTOR
Miss Earth Poland 2009 IZABELA WILCZEK
Miss Earth Ethiopia 2009 GENET OGETO
Miss Earth Slovak Rep 2009 LEA SINDLEROVA
Whew! There’s more but I don’t want to fill up today’s blog with so many photos. I reckon there will be a Part 3 of this topic tomorrow.