Miss Earth Hopefuls Strut In Their National Costumes

MANILA, Philippines - Thailand's Waratthaya Wongchayaporn and South Africa's Tamerin Jardine may have bagged the gold and silver medals in the Best in National Costume tilt for this year's Miss Earth pageant, respectively, but it was Deviyah Daranee who seemingly garnered the interest of many for her unique interpretation on her country's traditional garb.

The highlight of Daranee's costume was the wing-like piece made out of shiny compact discs (CDs) attached to the back of her dress. For her effort, the Malaysian delegate was adjudged bronze medalist under the same category on Monday evening at the Best Western F1 Premier Hotel in Taguig City.

Of her outfit, Daranee briefly explained in a taped interview aired on the ABS-CBN late night news show "Bandila," "I wanted to make something that represent[s] my country, as well as show that these recycled items are actually reusable."

The 22-year old Philippine representative Stephany Stefanowitz wasn't as lucky but still managed to wow the crowd with her modern take on the Filipiniana dress.

"It's what represents my personality the most. I asked my designer to make me something that would incorporate with my personality," Stefanowitz said.

But prior, the Quezon City resident has already been awarded two medals for other pre-pageant activities. These are a silver in the Swimsuit Competition (Group 1, with Jardine and Puerto Rico's Darli Pacheco), and a bronze in the Evening Gown Competition (also in Group 1 with Jardine and Czech Republic's Tereza Fajksova).

As cited on the pageant's official website, other pre-pageant activities held during the past week include various TV guestings, charity days, the Talent Competition, and the Resorts Wear Competition.

The candidates' last pre-pageant activity will be the Fashion Show: Tresemme and Forever 21 to be held this evening at the SM Mall of Asia.

Meanwhile, the same "Bandila" item reported that one-of-a-kind items from various countries have been auctioned off also on Monday night for the benefit of the Miss Earth Foundation.

The Miss Earth 2012 coronation night will be held this Saturday at the Versailles Palace in Alabang.