MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines' quest for international crowns continues as three more Filipinos compete today in separate world pageants in Germany, London, and here in the country.
In Alabang, Muntinlupa, tonight, the 2012 Miss Earth beauty pageant will be participated in by 81 candidates, including Miss Philippines Stephany Stefanowitz, 22, of Quezon City.
Olga Alava, of Ecuiador will crown her successor in the environment-driven beauty contest. This year, the pageant also aligns itself with the United Nations General Assembly's declaration of 2012 as the "International Year of Sustainable Energy for All."
Stefanowitz, a fashion model, has promoted positive change for 2012. "The year 2012 I believe, is a time for positive change. It's time to put our foot down when it comes to conserving and preserving our natural resources. I will stand as a strong leader and role model to educate, inform and spread awareness, not only for ourselves but also, of course, for the future generations." She stands 5'9", weighs 125 lbs, and measures 34-24-35.
"There are a lot of things we can do for our environment, but the best thing we can actually do is to promote environmental awareness to our people, and especially to our children who are our future. School tours, seminars about the current situation of our environment and more tree planting activities to make people realize its importance," she added.
Some of the winners in the pageant's major special awards were Miss India Prachi Mishra, Congeniality; Miss Thailand Waratthaya Wongchayaporn, Best in National Costume; and Miss Venezuela Osmariel Villalobos, Miss Photogenic.
Earlier, the 2012 Miss Earth pageant created controversy when it announced the results of the photogenic award on Nov. 19, ahead of its scheduled deadline on Nov. 21, 2012. But the pageant's organizers have already issued a statement and apologized through its Facebook that the deadline of the online voting for the photogenic award was really set on Nov. 19.
Another Filipino candidate is Andrew James Wolff who will compete in the 2012 Mister World pageant at the Kent County Showground, Kent. England today (Sunday in the Philippines).
Wolff, who plays as a flanker of the Philippine Volcanoes rugby team, will compete against 47 other male candidates from around the world. Kamal Ibrahim of Ireland is the reigning Mister World.
So far, Wolff has been chosen as one of the Top 3 semi-finalists for the Mister World Sports Challenge fast-track event, including candidates from Colombia and Martinique. Another on-going fast-track event for the same pageant is the Mr. World Talent. Winners of the two fast-track events will advance to the semis.
Wolff, 27, describes himself as extremely competitive person. His interests are business and sports. Wolff said that his proudest moment was beating South Korea to earn a spot in the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens Final in Russia, the first time for the Philippines to join the sports competition.
The Filipino-British athlete-model also wants to become an established sports event organizer, build on his current business he has set up, and also to finish his degree in Finance.
Camille Guevara, 20, competes to wear the most expensive crown of all pageants in the 2012 Miss Intercontinental beauty contest to be held at the Eurogress, Aachen City, Germany on Nov. 23 (Nov. 24 in the Philippines). A graduating tourism student, Guevarra loves chess and cooking.
For the first time in 40 years, the Miss Intercontinental beauty contest will choose three semi-finalists from the continents of Europe, Africa, South America, North America; and the Asia and Oceania to comprise the 15 semi-finalists. Fifty-three international candidates are joining in this year's contest.
"Out of the best three of each continent, the best contestants will be selected to join the Top Five and so we will present a winner of each continent. From now on, it will be a new structure of the title Miss Intercontinental. It will make the big difference from other beauty pageants and will make the Miss Intercontinental unique," said Luis Pitti Sagrera, President of the World Beauty Organization (WBO), organizer of Miss Intercontinental contest.
The Miss Intercontinental crown is valued at US$361,445, the record for the most expensive crown of all beauty pageants. Named Oriental Holy Water, the crown has 720 diamonds, one big diamond of 51/2 carats included water from the Yellow River. It has a total of 21 carats. It is designed by Fuqi China.
Sagrera said that the crown will remain at the WBO Office in Panama and will be used only for the crowning of each new Miss Intercontinental. The reigning Miss Intercontinental is Jessica Hartman, of USA.