Czech crowned Miss Earth; PH beauty wins ‘Air’ title


MISS EARTH Tereza Fajksová of the Czech Republic is crowned 2012 Miss Earth after Stephany Stefanowitz of the Philippines (right) won the Miss Earth-Air title at the close of the beauty pageant in Alabang. EDWIN BELLOSILLO

German-Filipino model Stephany Stefanowitz bagged the Miss Earth-Air title during the 12th Miss Earth coronation night at Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, on Saturday, sustaining the Philippines’ winning streak in the global competition.

Czech Republic’s Tereza Fajksová, 23, was crowned Miss Earth 2012, beating 79 other international delegates.

Stefanowitz, 22, also boosted the Philippines’ pageant record for 2012, following the victories of Queneerich Rehman and Nicole Schmitz, who entered the semifinals of the Miss World and Miss International pageants, respectively.

Last year, Philippine representative Athena Imperial was proclaimed Miss Earth-Water. Two other Filipino representatives advanced to the Top 4 in previous years—Catherine Untalan and Sandra Seifert, who were crowned 2006 Miss Earth-Water and 2009 Miss Earth-Air, respectively.

Fajksová took home $20,000 worth of management contract from pageant organizer Carousel Productions, $1,000 worth of diamond, pearl and gold jewelry from the Amparito Collection of M. Lhuillier Jewelers, a five-night stay at the Best Western F1 Hotel, a Naomi pearl necklace, MyPhone cell phone, a year’s supply of Ever Bilena cosmetics, shoes from Alberto, crystals and precious stones from Charms and Crystals by Joy Lim, a Canon Pixma printer and a specially designed Miss Earth pendant from jewelry designer Ramona Haar who designed the Miss Earth crown.

Sustainable energy

This year’s competition took sustainable energy as its central theme, following the United Nations General Assembly’s declaration of 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services.

Fan favorite Osmariel Villalobos of Venezuela, who was also proclaimed Miss Photogenic, Best in Resorts Wear, Miss Golden Sunset Resort and Miss Ever Bilena, was proclaimed Miss Earth-Water, while Camila Brant of Brazil was crowned Miss Earth-Fire.

During the final round of the competition, the top four delegates were asked the question, “What is your defining moment as a woman?”

Stefanowitz, earlier voted “Darling of the Press,” replied: “I am a woman of the earth and I’m here to fight and conserve and preserve our environment. My advocacy is basically for the betterment of the environment, because this year we are celebrating the year of sustainable and renewable energy for the rest of the world. And, of course, Mother Earth is the most beautiful gift that God has given us. It is our task to fight to preserve it.”

Fajksová, who did not ask for an interpreter, apologized for her minimal grasp of the English language, and responded: “I’m so sorry but I don’t understand the question. I will try to send this message: We have to protect Mother Earth. She gives us everything we need in our lives. So let’s respect her so she’ll respect us.”

Among Top 4

The Philippines, Venezuela and Brazil all figured in the Top 4 in last year’s competition, also held in the Philippines.

Aside from Imperial, also in the Top 4 last year were Drielly Bennettone of Brazil who was crowned Miss Earth-Air and Caroline Medina of Venezuela who was hailed Miss Earth-Fire.

Last year’s winner, Olga Alava of Ecuador, turned over her title to Fajksová.

India’s Prachi Mishra was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow delegates, while Thailand’s Waratthaya Wongchayaporn was adjudged Miss Talent. Both delegates were heavily favored by pageant pundits to advance to the winners’ circle, but failed to crack the semifinals.

Among this year’s judges were Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, US Agency for International Development deputy head for environment and energy Joseph Foltz, professional cager Bobby Ray Parks  and national rugby team “Volcanoes” captain Harry Morris.

TV personality Marc Nelson hosted this year’s competition, while Seifert shared anchor duties with 2006 Miss Philippines-Water Ginger Conejero.

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  • tarikan

    Why on earth the Miss Earth pageant is being held in the Philippines specifically in Metro Manila. This place hardly showcase the clean environment living. Look at the jeepneys plying the streets they are decrepit, smoke belching 40 plus year-old Mercedes-Benzes. Try walking around the streets of Manila and you get soot in your nose in no time aside from smelling the foul odor of the waterways and uncollected garbage. Shanties rule the city making the sidewalks their living room, kitchen, laundry room and playground for the kids (lots of them). Get to the inner city and this smelly, smoke belching, noisy thing called tricycle are the kings of the side streets and sometimes they venture out to the main streets contributing to the world famous traffic jam. This Miss Earth pageant in Manila is all bun and no meat.

    • Kristina Cassanova

      So true, the Miss Earth Org. should find a place other than Manila, geee Philippines is made up of 7, 000 plus islands and a lot more beautiful than Manila. Why not Cebu? Davao? Or Puerto Princesa?  The Org should showcase the beautiful and the natural to the rest of the world, especially to the candidates themselves. To let them feel what Miss Earth is all about!

    • SolitaJ

      Obviously COST is a major consideration my dear! If they hold the final pageant night outside of Metro Manila (although the ladies get to travel to various islands as part of the pre-pageant events) they will have to spend air fare of a huge entourage of candidates, judges, production people, etc. Get it?

  • Mel

    Beauty pageants are just shows, nothing more.

  • Hunter421

    I think only the Philippines utilizes mixed-race contestants with very obviously non-Filipino family names in these pageants. Just like using mixed-race football players for the Azkals.

    • Pepe Alas


  • Night

    sarap mo miss czech…. pag papantasyahan kita!!! 

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Miss Earth is a Filipino creation. There must always be a Filipino in one of the titles, even if one is less than deserving. It’s a typical Filipino mentality. Look at the Filipino contestant, she looks like a man.

    The only country I think that has never lost a title since its creation  is the Philippines. And it’s not really very hard to figure out why. Maybe that’s why Miss Earth loses its credibility in the international scene and no other sponsor would like to host it because it is tinged with bias.

    It’s no fun celebrating a win if you know that the judges just made her get a title because she’s from the Philippines. Oh, and the judges are all from the Philippines. There’s no pride in it. It’s only shame. It’s a cringe-worthy shame.

    • JX Peron

       I wish that Miss Earth would be hosted in another country next year — if only to dispel doubts. Let’s see if our Pinay contestant will be in the top 5.

    • hustlergalore

      indonesia backed out this year. kaya biglaan itong sa pilipinas. pfft

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