Honduran student crowned Miss Earth

MISS Honduras Dania Prince, a 25-year-old advertising student who advocates community responsibility to save the environment, was crowned new Miss Earth 2003 on Sunday evening at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City.

A crowd favorite, the statuesque Prince bested 56 other contestants. She garnered the highest scores in all three semifinal competitions—the interview, swimsuit and long gown.

She clinched the crown when asked what she would want to find at the end of the rainbow. “There are things much important on earth than gold,” said the tanned Central American beauty. “The most important is the sentiment of the people—to give love and care, to give a hand when someone needs it.”

Miss Brazil Pricila Zandona, 23, a biology graduate currently pursuing a second degree in pharmacy, emerged as Miss Earth-Air, the pageant’s equivalent of the first runner-up. Another Latina candidate, Miss Costa Rica Marianela Zeledon, 20, a pharmacy student, won the Miss Earth-Water (second runner-up) while Miss Poland Marta Matyjasik, 21, a commerce student and a professional model was proclaimed Miss Earth-Fire (third runner-up).

Completing the top 10 were Miss Philippines Laura Marie Dunlap, Miss Norway Fay Larsen, Miss Guatemala Marie Claire Palacios, Miss Cyprus Christiana Aristotelous, Miss Tahiti Vairupe Huitu and Miss Serbia Katarina Vucetic.

Organized by Carousel Productions, Miss Earth promotes environmental advocacy worldwide.

Highlights of the coronation night was the awarding of special citations to candidates who excelled in pageant competitions and corporate sponsorship awards. The very first “Beauty for a Cause” award was presented to Miss Afghanistan Vida Samadazai for her dedication as a volunteer fundraiser and for founding an Afghan women’s rights organization.

Ramon Monzon, president and chief executive officer of Carousel Productions Inc., expressed confidence that this year’s winners will uphold the environmental advocacy of the beauty pageant.

The Miss Earth coronation night will be telecast on November 28 at 9 p.m. in the 35 countries covered by the footprints of Star World, the entertainment channel of Star Group Ltd.

11/11/2003

Bron : Manila Times Internet Edition

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