Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was proclaimed Miss Earth 2013 in eco-friendly ceremonies at the Versailles in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines Saturday night. The 22-year-old beauty bested 87 other candidates from all over the globe to be this year’s queen of female earth warriors. In her bio she said, “Taking care of our water is taking care of ourselves, water is life. Let’s keep it clean.”
Crowned Miss Air was Miss Austria Katia Wagner, while Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut was declared Miss Water and Miss Korea Catharina Choi as Miss Fire.
Rounding up the Top 8 were Miss Philippines, Miss Mexico, Miss Poland and Miss Serbia. The remainder of the group that advanced to the semi-finals were Misses Turkey, Chile, France, China, Mauritius, Spain, Poland and USA.
In her answer to the question, “How does eco-tourism contribute to the protection of the environment?” Miss Venezuela said, “Because we people are responsible also for destruction (of) our nature, we need to be aware and take care of Mother Earth.”
Favorites Miss India and Miss Ukraine did not make it to Top 16. The surprise was Miss Austria who was not mentioned a lot in the predictions but almost got the main title.
As the host country’s representative, Angelee delos Reyes did her best in the Q & A. Her question, “It’s been a month since Haiyan hit the Philippines, how do you think Mother Earth feels now?”
She answered: “It feels like Mother Earth is very sad of what’s happening, that’s also in the song I wrote about what’s happening to our environment nowadays, environmental problems… I think typhoon Yolanda didn’t just happen to devastate Philippines and other countries but a wake up call or to make us realize that we must take care of one another, take care of the Earth, environment, so that it will take care of us in return. So together, let’s save our Earth not just for the people of today but the generations to come.”
Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova of Czech Republic ended her reign with a serenade by singer-recording artist David Pomeranz who rendered his hit song, “Got To Believe.”
Venezuela, having won two titles in the Big 4 Pageants (with Miss Universe Gabriela Isler) has dislodged the Philippines as the Country of the Year (with Miss World Megan Young).
The Philippines, though, can reclaim the glory if Bea Rose Santiago wins Miss International in Japan culminating on December 17. Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul has added to the Philippines’ hold as a beauty powerhouse. Ariella Arida was third runner-up in the Miss Universe. In the debuting Miss Grand International in Thailand won by Miss Puerto Rico Janelee Chaparro, Ali Forbes placed third runner-up, too.