Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin of Ecuador
The exclusive Ramona Haar-crafted Medallions that Miss Earth 2017 and her elemental court will receive
While activities for Miss Earth 2017 will start on October 5 with a Sponsors Visit to be led by reigning titleholder Katherine Espin, this year’s candidates will start arriving the day after. Divided into three (3) groups, they will be billeted in an equal number of hotels with Group 1 checking-in at Joy~Nostalg Center, Group 2 heading to Diamond Hotel and Group 3 getting their temporary home base at Century Park Hotel. All in all, between 90-92 delegates are expected to take part with 14 from Central/Western Europe, 14 from Eastern Europe, 14 fin North/Central America, 9 from South America, 14 from Africa, 25 from Asia and the Pacific. Two (2) more ladies from Europe are still likely to join them pending final confirmation.
The schedule is back-breaking, but that is to be expected from Miss Earth which prides itself in bringing the candidates to different parts of the country. Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Pontefino and Dive & Trek in Batangas, Stargate Dream Resort in Cagayan de Oro City and Carles, Iloilo are just some of the places that they will be visiting.
This will be a month-long train of coverages that normannorman.com will endeavor to get into as much as the team can, all the way to the finals on November 4 at the MOA Arena.
So stay stuck here for more about Miss Earth 2017!
Host delegate Karen Ibasco of the Philippines 🇵🇭
Earth, Air, Water, Fire of 2013 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Melvin Sia)
Miss Earth 2013 Alyz Henrich of Venezuela (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide/Melvin Sia)
Yesterday morning, the four (4) winners of Miss Earth 2013 had their first photoshoot at the poolside of F1 Hotel Manila with select online media reps in attendance. While the losing candidates have already started leaving for their respective home countries, the quartet of Alyz Henrich, Katia Wagner, Punika Kunsuntornrat and Catharina Choi is staying for an extra week to fulfill some of the initial personal appearance requirements, media interviews and TV guestings.
All of them will return home with much funfare, especially Alyz and Punika who are awaited in Venezuela and Thailand, respectively with much anticipation. Punika, in particular, has made the new franchise owners of Miss Earth Thailand very happy for having their initial winner placed in the Top 4. – something that their predecessor wasn’t able to achieve.
The elemental queens plus the crown maker Ramona Haar (center)
Once more, congratulations to all the victors of Miss Earth 2013! 🙂
2013 crowns for Miss Earth, Air, Water and Fire
Jewelry Designer Ramona Haar with the Miss Earth 2013 crown
There’s always something to be said about the crowns being given away by an international beauty competition. You either like them, hate them or just plain unconcerned.
With the elemental crowns for Miss Earth 2013, the first thing that comes to mind is that they look like a step down from the old ones. And while the Air/Water/Fire designs – in particular – remind the more mature readers of what Carnival Queens wore on their heads back in the 1950s, the throwback end result doesn’t seem to sit too well with the more modern preferences of the younger ones.
But if it’s any consolation, the gems used by Jewelry Designer Ramona Haar are not the cheap kind in terms of value. She will certainly not put her name and reputation at stake just to come up with bargain basement tiaras for budget’s sake. Don’t ask me to put a tag price on each one of them, though (I don’t have as much knowledge of jewelry prices compared to a pawnshop appraiser).
For now, let’s celebrate the uniqueness of the pageant. I’m sure whoever gets to wear one of these head honors will end up being happy because that would mean victory however which way you look at it. 😉
Starting this year, a new crown will be placed on the head of Miss Earth. Designed by Jeweler Ramona Haar, this is how it is described in the official Miss Earth website:
“Preservation of the planet Earth is one of the most important considerations when the new Miss Earth crown was created. The masterpiece was designed by an ecologically minded Jewelry Designer, Ramona Haar, and Official Jeweler of the Miss Earth pageant.
To lessen the environmental impact that mining creates, the crown is made of 100% recycled precious metals comprising of 14K Gold and Argentums Sterling Silver. What sets this crown apart is the fact that the gemstones used both precious and semi-precious were donations from over 80 different participating countries. These are gemstones that each country is known for either as the origin or source. The gemstones were sent in various forms: faceted, cabochons, beads or rough. The designer travelled to Jaipur, India to have these gemstones individually cut and faceted to the required cut and sizes.
The Flower as the central design represents Mother Earth and as Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it “The earth laughs in flowers”. The recurring spiral motif has always been associated with Maternal Power and Feminine Prestige which is the Essence of Miss Earth. The gentle curves symbolizes Unity and the Spirit of Cooperation.”
Ramona Haar's design of the new Miss Earth crown
Miss Earth 2008 with the new crown.