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Steph ready for Miss Earth 2012

Ninety-one beauty delegates worldwide arrived in Manila this week to vie for the 12th Miss Earth Beauty Pageant. They were welcomed by host-delegate and reigning Miss Philippines Earth Stephany Dianne Damondamon Stefanowitz who is aiming to become the second Filipina Miss Earth (after Karla Henry who won in 2008).

The 92 delegates will be divided into three groups who will tour around the Philippines and compete in the resort wear, swimsuit and long gown events. Tonight one group will be competing for the best in resort wear at Pontefino Hotel, the only 4-star hotel in Batangas City. There will also be subsidiary pageants for the best national costume where all 92 delegates will be competing. The 92 Earth ‘warriors’ were presented to the press last Tuesday at Best Western F1 Hotel in Taguig City. The coronation night will be held at Versailles Palace, Muntinlupa City on November 24 and will be aired on ABS-CBN the following day at 10 am (before ASAP Family).

The Miss Earth Pageant, initiated by Carousel Productions in Manila in 2001 by Ramon S. Monzon and Lorraine E. Schuck, has campaigned for environmental awareness and conservation and its winners have become effective ambassadors for Mother Earth. The Philippines has ranked well in this global beauty congregation, its delegates winning as Miss Earth-Water 2006 (Cathy Untalan, now chairman of the Miss Earth Foundation); Miss Earth 2008 (Karla Henry); Miss Earth-Air 2009 (Sandra Seifert); and Miss Earth-Water 2011 (Athena Imperial).

Steph, a 23-year-old, 5’9 Filipino-German, has traveled around and outside the Philippines after she won the Miss Philippines-Earth title last June, doing environmental campaigns and activities. “The most notable for me was my trip to Changwon, South Korea for the East Asia Seas Congress. It was such an honor to be invited and to be able to promote our beautiful country together with (officials of) the DENR,” Steph said.

Steph says she is 100% ready for Miss Earth. She has been training under the Kagandahang Flores group (headed by pageant mentor Rodgil Flores). “I promise my countrymen that I will do my 100% best and God will do the rest!” Steph enthused. Is Steph pressured with three of her predecessors making it to the Top 4 in the last four years? ‘I’m not pressured. It actually motivates me to do well, have the fighting spirit and remain positive,” she confessed.

When we asked her why she should be elected as the next Miss Earth, Steph said “Aside from my undying love for the environment, it is my commitment to make sacrifices and going out of my way to keep people informed about current issues (concerning the environment). I strongly believe that I can be a good role model, nurturing minds, empowering the youth and to be able to leave a mark on this beautiful Earth.”

One of Steph’s advocacies is to promote renewable energy (geothermal, hydro, wind) for all in line with the United Nations declaration that 2012 is the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

Projecting five year from now, Steph sees herself owning her own fashion boutique (she’s a Fashion Design and Merchandising graduate of De La Salle College of St. Benilde). “While doing that, I will still continue with my environmental advocacies, widening my reach, and influencing more people. My advocacies will never stop just as my love for Mother Earth!”

Malaya || By JOSE D. PATAO, JR – 09 November 2012 00:00

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