As Olga Alava relinquishes her crown Saturday night, let me take this opportunity to thank her for a wonderful reign as Miss Earth 2011. Compared to compatriot Miss International 2011 Fernanda Cornejo whose reign peaked only at the start and towards the coronation night of her successor, hers was a far more busy and commitment-requiring stint. Foreign travels took her from Manila to several cities in Ecuador which was highlighted by a preservation project for the Galapagos Islands. As the titleholder and complemented by her strong fondness for Asia, she also went to Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Taiwan. She then segued to Miami and New York City with the help of the Ecuadorian government. She also made her first trips to Guam in the Pacific Ocean and then Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and even Paris and Qatar. So as you can see, our queen has not had much time to herself and her loving boyfriend.
If that’s not enough, she is also the 2011-2012 spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – a hardworking Miss Earth indeed!
On behalf of all the pageant-following fans and environmental advocates here in the Philippines and around the world, let me shower you with this post full of adulation, plus a heartfelt ‘Muchas Gracias!’ Even for a year, you have been a shining example of what a true and relevant Beauty Queen really is.
Keep up the excellent work of protecting Mother Earth even if you have already crowned the next lucky lady.
And best of luck in all your future endeavors! 😀