I will do my Miss Earth 2018 Predictions in a top-to-bottom order for a change. Starting off with my big winner and elemental court, I can see two Latinas – Melissa Flores of Mexico and Diana Silva of Venezuela – fighting close to become the successor of Karen Ibasco. I am giving the edge to the Mexican beauty because she is the more consistent all-around. It also helps that the Miss Earth Mexico Organization that sent her has been making great efforts in sustaining and making the brand more popular in the Americas. Now if the final decision would come down to a Q&A answer, then it wouldn’t surprise me as well if the judges would lean on Melissa. But if she falters – even marginally along the way – then Diana is likely to benefit from the lapse and could give Venezuela its 3rd Miss Earth crown. I would be happier with the former finishing on top, though.
As for Water and Fire, it could be interchangeable between Priya Sigdel of Nepal and Telma Madeira of Portugal. Anyone among the two would be good choices for the elemental court. The Nepalese, however, has the upper hand should she ace the interview round. She could even spoil the two Latinas. But for now, I am sticking to the final lineup I made.
The Portuguese Telma would have made a refreshing Miss Earth winner. Her relative youth might be a concern when the going gets tough, though.
Hence, above is a photo grid of my Top 8, with the 5th to 8th places occupied by Danijela Burjan of Slovenia, Margaretha de Jong of Netherlands, Celeste Cortesi of the Philippines and Melanie Mader of Austria (the one who might benefit from an upper push if the organizers find it beneficial to have an elemental Queen whose attitude and work ethics they are already accustomed to after reigning as Miss Philippines Earth-Water back in 2016).
Just to complete a Top 16, my 9th to 16th Goddesses in ranking are: Phuong Khanh Nguyen of Vietnam, Yashvi Aware of the USA, Maristella Okpala of Nigeria, Antonia Figueroa of Chile, Nerada Chitsadapriyakun of Thailand, Lisa Hayet of Guatemala, Jessica Russo of Peru and Margo Faith Fargo of South Africa.
Let’s see how the actual results will compare tomorrow night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Celeste Cortesi brings out her Classic Goddess appeal in these shots taken by Owen Suan Reyes. She is wearing a green gown by Louis Pangilinan. Styling by Patrick Henry Mergano and makeup by Gio Lazaro Flores.
Our host delegate for Miss Earth 2018 is not letting the pressure of going for a back-to-back win to constantly hover every move she makes for the competition. She is taking things as they come, but makes sure that she gives her 100% in terms of performance.
What do you think of her, dear readers?
At the poolside of Diamond Hotel Manila earlier in the day, the 88 Official Candidates of Miss Earth 2018 were presented to members of the media under the heat of what still looked like a summer sun. The number of arrivals was pegged at 90, but the entries of Ethiopia and Rwanda have yet to check in.
At any rate, there are so many beautiful faces in this batch of beauties. I hope that they also have the smarts and environmental savvy to go with it.
Unlike previous years, the organizers opted to do away with the voting for Darling of the Press. But even without such, it was already obvious who is being liked by most everyone. Early favorites are Telma Madeira of Portugal, Margo Faith Fargo of South Africa, Diana Carolina Silva of Venezuela, Diana Valdivieso og Ecuador, Melissa Flores of Mexico, Nirada Chetsadapriyakun of Thailand, Carolina Jane of Spain, Kristal Xamairy of Puerto Rico and Celeste Cortesi of the Philippines.
More photos of the Press Presentation soon!
Miss Earth celebrates 18 years of Beauties for a Cause
Another season of beauty and responsibility is underway as Miss Earth marks 18 years of promoting environmental awareness. 90 delegates from across the world have made their way to Manila, each one poised to WORK TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE LIVING.
The 18th edition of the premier beauty and environmental event promises to be another year of learning, sharing, PROMOTING THE BEAUTY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES AND THEIR ADVOCACY’S.
Prior to the grand coronation night, the delegates are scheduled to visit various destinations in the Philippines promoting environmental awareness. They will also visit various schools in line with Miss Earth’s mission to educate the youth on the importance of taking care of the environment.
Also included in their hectic itinerary are the much talked-about preliminary judging in beauty and poise, figure, and intelligence and environmental awareness which will be streamed live on Miss Earth’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
“It is going to be another busy year for us,” says Carousel Executive Vice President Lorraine Schuck. “It is really quite tiring with all that traveling and pre-pageant activities, but we cannot sidestep the organization’s main focus, which is to educate and get the public involved in the global movement to save the planet.”
In addition to the environmental activities of the delegates, Carousel’s President, Ramon Monzon says, “Preparation is likewise in full swing for the goddess-themed finals night. Hall of Famer journalist James Deakin makes a comeback to do hosting chores, while Grammy nominated Brian McKnight will be the guest performer, THE FINAL STAGE WILL BE MORE OR LESS 80% BE MADE OF RECYCLED MATERIALS.
The two-hour grand coronation night is slated on Saturday, November 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena, telecast live on FOXlife at 8:00 PM and on TV networks of participating countries. It will also be streamed live via Miss Earth’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on gmanetwork.com. The local Philippine airing will be on Sunday, November 4, 10:30 PM on GMA-7.
Miss Earth 2018 is made possible with PARTNERS: Official Hotel Residences, Century Park Hotel, Diamond Hotel Philippines, Pan Pacific Manila, Viking Car Rental – the official bus transport, Gandang Ricky Reyes official stylists, KITTCO Travel & Tours, and the Miss Earth Foundation.
Miss Earth has a new home – network, that is.
Earlier today, the contract signing was held formalizing the move of Miss Earth and Carousel Productions Inc. to GMA-7 as its Official TV airing network.
Present were Carousel EVP Lorraine Schuck, Carousel VP Peachy Veneracion, GMA Network’s Joey Abacan and some of this year’s candidates, including Celeste Cortesi of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Welcome Party for this year’s candidates was held at Carousel Mansion in Mandaluyong City. Below are some photos of the delegates during the festive gathering.
She’s even more stunning person. And I am sure going for a back-to-back win in Miss Earth 2018 is a challenge that will not daunt her.
Dear readers, say hello to Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Celeste Cortesi. She may look like a classic Goddess in photos, but trust me, this 20 year-old is one down-to-Earth FiIipina-Italian.
The 20 year-old returned from just over a week of vacation in her hometown of Parma, Italy where she celebrated a 3rd Anniversary with her boyfriend and spent quality time with family and friends. She is back in Manila, ready to face the preparations for the international competition where being the host delegate could pressure her more than winningbthe crown on the head of her national predecessor Karen Ibasco.
Here are the winners of Miss Earth Philippines 2018:
Miss Earth Philippines 2018
Silvia Celeste Cortesi of Fil-Rome, Italy
Miss Earth Philippines Air 2018:
Zahra Bianca Saldua of Las Piñas City
Miss Earth Philippines Water 2018:
Berjayneth Chee of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
Miss Earth Philippines Fire 2018:
Jean de Jesus of San Rafael, Bulacan
Miss Earth Philippines Ecotourism 2018:
Halimatu Yushawu of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay
For the first time in its eighteen-year history, Miss Earth Philippines crowned a representative from one of the Filipino Communities abroad. And Silvia Celeste Cortesi of Rome, Italy is the successor of Karen Ibasco. She edged out heavy favorite Zahra Bianca Saldua of Las Piñas City who had the upper hand going into the announcement of winners. The latter settled for Miss Earth Philippines Air. The audience at the Arena were in for quite a surprise because if the basis was the final Q&A, then the ranking of winners would have it differently. But according to an inside source, a Goddess-like candidate is likely to be favored this year. Hence, the selection of the statuesque Fil-Italian model as our representative to Miss Earth 2018.
The other placements in the elemental court had Berjayneth Chee of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental for Water, Jean Nicole de Jesus of San Rafael, Bulacan for Fire and Halimatu Yushawu of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay for Ecoutourism.
More about the new set of winners of Miss Earth Philippines 2018 soon!