LIGAO CITY–Twenty-four candidates for Miss Earth arrived in Albay province on Monday (Nov. 21) for the pageant’s preliminary competition.
The candidates were welcomed at the City Hall by Mayor Fernando Gonzalez and other local officials ahead of the long gown and swimwear competition on the M Plaza grounds in Batang village on Monday evening.
At a press conference, the candidates vowed to protect the environment through their respective advocacies in addressing climate change and other pressing environmental issues.
The ladies also urged the public to protect nature by planting trees and practicing proper waste disposal.
“We are happy we were able to hold this event because the environment is very important to the people of Ligao. We take seriously the issues of the environment and its ecological balances,” Gonzalez said.
He added: “In fact, we have programs and projects to preserve good air quality and clean water in pursuit of a healthy environment, and Miss Earth will surely advocate in this regard.”
After the two-day event in the city, the mayor said he expects that the public’s consciousness of preserving and protecting the environment would increase.
He also hoped that the pageant would help highlight the need to work together with government agencies concerning climate change “that is vital for the survival of the people on this planet.”
After the presscon, the delegates held a motorcade through the major streets in the city. INQ