Last Thursday, the 90 official candidates of Miss Earth 2013 were presented to the members of the media via a Press Conference. It was my very first international pageant press conference. I traveled to Manila (from Cebu) just for the event. I am sharing all my experiences with you so make sure that you read through this article as I enjoyed the whole Manille experience :)
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The event was hosted by the stunning Stephany Stefanowitz - Miss Earth Air 2012. She was just beautiful. Her signature red lippie was just gorge up-close! She was pin thin and was even thinner than when she competed last year :)
There were close to thirty media personnel in F1 Hotel ready to cover the press conference. It was a mixed group of both local and international media. Of course, I was with my beauty pageant friends: Joyce Burton of Adventures of a Beauty Queen, JP and Tianne of Pageant Tribune Philippines, Deybid of Critical Beauty and Raymond Golez of Sash Factor. These folks made my first international press conference experience extra special.
I was very early so I was able to position myself just right in front of the stage. I had a very good view of the candidates as they introduced themselves and sashayed on stage. As I am not a professional photographer, I decided not to post some of the photos because the quality. Here are some of the Miss Earth 2013 candidates for you :)
Albania – Afrovoti Goge
She opened the event on a high note. She was energetic and beautiful :)
Austria – Katia Wagner
One of my sentimental favorite this year, Katia is so sweet and is so down-to-earth. She is very charming with that megawatt smile!
Belize – Amber Rivero
Bolivia – Maria Rene Carmona
You won’t miss Bolivia as she towers the rest of the candidates :) This gives her an extra point on my list. I just wish she knows how to work the stage as I felt some hesitation with her walk and her pauses!
Brazil – Priscilla Martins
I am a bit disappointed with Brazil. My guess is that my expectations were too high. She was fairly OK but a candidate needs more than an OK to win a pageant. The nerve on her forehead bothered me a lot! Knowing that she is Ms. Brazil, I am sure that she will be a semifinalist. It will be up to her finale performance to see if she will advance! She has the best swimsuit :)
Chile – Natalia Lermanda
I love her smile and I think that she is beautiful… Her mother was in the audience and was so nice as well :)
Colombia – Diana Carolina Ortegon
Oh, how I wish that Colombia is a bit taller. Her catwalk was exquisite but the impact was not what she expected as she was too short to be noticed.
Costa Rica – Mariela Aparicio
Another sentimental favorite, Costa Rica has one of the most beautiful faces in the competition. She needs to work on her personality and she sometimes looks boring on stage. Don’t just rely with that gorgeous face. It will only bring you somewhere. The rest is already based on charm and personality :)
Dominican Republic – Maria Eugenia Cargas
England – Chloe Othen
France – Sophie Garenaux
Such a photogenic face. This photo doesn’t even capture the true beauty of France :)
Gabon – Filiane Mayombo Koundi
Sexy and exotic! Everyone went gaga the moment she stepped on that stage!
Germany – Caroline Noeding
She has a very classic face and I love it :) The sex appeal is over the chart as well. She reminds me of Baywatch and all the sexy ladies on that show.
Guatemala – Jimena Mansilla Wever
Hungary – Dalma Huszarovics
A very pretty blonde this year! She was charming and soooo cute on stage!
India – Sobhita Dhulipala
I love this lady! I find her beauty so exotic. I hope that she will be successful on the finale as I feel that she has so much to offer in terms of performance.
Indonesia – Nita Sofiani
Nita was friendly and accommodating :) She even requested us to pray for her success. I love the humility Dear!
Korea – Catharina Choi
I adore the beauty of Korea. She was beautiful and styled impeccably. How I wish she will be a bit more aggressive on stage. I just think that she is the strongest Korean delegate in the 13-year history of Miss Earth! I really like her!
Lebanon – Rita Houkayem
Lithuania – Monika Sereckyte
Macau – Ashely Qian
Martinique – Rani Charles
Oh, I love this lady. Another sentimental favorite of mine this year! She has a very beautiful face. I love her facial features. Hers was exotic and beautifully sculpted :) And we have the same haircut so she wins for me :D
Mauritius – Virginie Dorza
Nepal – Rojisha Shahi Thakuri
Oh, I love Nepal. She actually made a very good impression on me and I will be looking at her closely moving forward…
Nigeria – Marie Miller
Northern Ireland – Amira Graham
Norway – Caroline Sparboe
Panama – Johanna Batista
Oh, such a strong Latina! Panama is sassy and sexy. The styling was a mess to me but I can’t deny the strength of this lady :)
Philippines – Angelee delos Reyes
Philippines has one of the best bodies in the competition! Angelee is so ready to fight for the crown and she has my full support!
Romania – Ioana Mihalache
Romania is a stunning lady! Her face is a dynamo… Another on-the-radar girl :)
Serbia – Andjelka Tomasevic
The most beautiful candidate of Miss Earth 2013. She is a living doll. Excluding her in the semifinalist roster will be a total injustice!
Sierra Leone – Mariatu Dukuray
Slovak Republic – Lucia Slaninkova
Another bombshell from Europe! Slovak Republic is oozing with sex appeal as she sashayed on stage.
Slovenia – Nina Kos
South Africa – Ashanti Mbanga
South Africa is a pageant powerhouse in Miss Earth so I am expecting that Ashanti will be a strong candidate for the semifinals. However, I am not a big fan of her beauty. I can name two or three black delegates who are much stronger than her.
Spain – Cristina Martinez
Sri Lanka – Solange Kristina Gunawijeya
Sweden – Denice Andree
Switzerland – Djoa Strassburg
Tahiti – Maeva Simonin
Tanzania – Clara Noor
Thailand – Punika Khunsuntonrat
Thailand has a very good shot for the Miss Earth crown this year! The country’s representative is beautiful, charming, stunning and a great personality. A potential Top 4 for Thailand!
Ukraine – Anatasia Sukh
Another strong delegate this year is from Ukraine! She is the strongest blonde this year and one of the exceptional European candidates :)
USA – Nicolle Velez
I am not a fan :(
US Virgin Islands – Vanessa Donastorg
Venezuela – Alyz Henrich
Venezuela might just win their second crown for this year! Their representative to Miss Earth 2013 has everything in control :) If there was a Darling of the Press award, I would have voted for this lady!
Zambia – Winnie-Fredah Kabwe
Zimbabwe – Samantha Dika
That’s it for now :)
Next, I will be sharing with you the candidates who left a very good impression on me…
I will also be writing an open letter to Carousel Productions on my observations from the event!