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
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.
Bron : Manila Times Internet Edition
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