Czech wins Miss Earth 2012 title; German-Filipino model is Ms Earth ‘Air’


Miss Earth 2012 winner Tereza Fajksova of the Czech Republic, second from left, pose before a throng of photographers after being crowned at the coronation night Saturday Nov. 24, 2012 at Alabang, Muntinlupa city. Other winners are 3rd runner up Camila Goncalves (left) of Brazil, 1st runner up Stephany Dianne Stefanowitz (second from right) of the Philippines, and 2nd runner up Osmariel Villalobos (right) of Venezuela. Organizers dubbed the Miss Earth, which attracted 80 beauty candidates from around the world, as the only beauty pageant with an advocacy to save Mother Earth. AP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — German-Filipino model Stephany Stefanowitz bagged the Miss Earth-Air title during the 12th Miss Earth coronation night at Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, on Saturday, sustaining the Philippines’ winning streak in the global competition.

Czech Republic’s Tereza Fajksová, 23, was crowned Miss Earth 2012, beating 79 other international delegates.

Stefanowitz, 22, also boosted the country’s pageant record for 2012, following the victories of Queneerich Rehman and Nicole Schmitz, who entered the semifinals of the Miss World and Miss International pageants, respectively.

In 2011, Philippine representative Athena Imperial was proclaimed Miss Earth-Water. Two other Filipino representatives advanced to the Top 4 in previous years—Catherine Untalan and Sandra Seifert, who were crowned 2006 Miss Earth-Water and 2009 Miss Earth-Air, respectively.

Fajksová took home $20,000 worth of management contract from pageant organizer Carousel Productions, $1,000 worth of diamond, pearl and gold jewelry from the Amparito Collection of M. Lhuillier Jewelers, a five-night stay at the Best Western F1 Hotel, a Naomi pearl necklace, MyPhone cell phone, a year’s supply of Ever Bilena cosmetics, shoes from Alberto, crystals and precious stones from Charms and Crystals by Joy Lim, a Canon Pixma printer and a specially designed Miss Earth pendant from jewelry designer Ramona Haar who designed the Miss Earth crown.

This year’s competition took sustainable energy as its central theme, following the United Nations General Assembly’s declaration of 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which aims to ensure universal access to modern energy services.

Fan favorite Osmariel Villalobos of Venezuela, who was also proclaimed Miss Photogenic, Best in Resorts Wear, Miss Golden Sunset Resort and Miss Ever Bilena, was proclaimed Miss Earth-Water, while Camila Brant of Brazil was crowned Miss Earth-Fire.

During the final round of competition, the top four delegates were asked the question, “What is your defining moment as a woman?”

Stefanowitz, earlier voted “Darling of the Press,” replied: “I am a woman of the earth and I’m here to fight and conserve and preserve our environment. My advocacy is basically for the betterment of the environment, because this year we are celebrating the year of sustainable and renewable energy for the rest of the world. And of course, Mother Earth is the most beautiful gift that God has given us. It is our task to fight to preserve it.”

Fajksová, who did not ask for an interpreter, apologized for her minimal grasp of the English language, and responded: “I’m so sorry but I don’t understand the question. I will try to send this message: We have to protect Mother Earth. She gives us everything we need in our lives. So let’s respect her so she’ll respect us.”

The Philippines, Venezuela and Brazil all figured in the Top 4 of last year’s competition, also held in the Philippines.

Aside from Imperial, also in the Top 4 last year were Drielly Bennettone of Brazil who was crowned Miss Earth-Air and Caroline Medina of Venezuela who was hailed Miss Earth-Fire.

Last year’s winner, Olga Alava of Ecuador, turned over her title to Fajksová.

India’s Prachi Mishra was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow delegates, while Thailand’s Waratthaya Wongchayaporn was adjudged Miss Talent. Both delegates were heavily favored by pageant pundits to advance to the winners’ circle, but failed to crack the semifinals.

Among this year’s judges were Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, US Agency for International Development deputy head for environment and energy Joseph Foltz, professional cager Bobby Ray Parks  and national rugby team “Volcanoes” captain Harry Morris.

TV personality Marc Nelson hosted this year’s competition, while Seifert shared anchor duties with 2006 Miss Philippines-Water Ginger Conejero.

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  • Echuserang_Froglet

    infer maganda yun nanalo ha. pero parang napaka high school naman ng production low budget. talagang sa garden talaga ganap, ni wala man lang pang rent ng auditorium? bwahahahha.

  • Riz Manas

    I think this is the kind of beauty competition we should have with purpose and cause, specifically.

  • bugoybanggers

    Anong kalseng PILIPINA ito? HI-BREED? Bakit pangit ba ang PILIPINA, eh ano ngayon? Puro nalang German-Filipina, American-Filipina, Italian-Filipina, blah-blah – Filipina. Parang kayo ang bumubugaw na PAG-PUTAHIN ang mga FILIPINA para malahian ng mga DAYUHAN. Wala kayong hininga dahil mga BAKLA ang mga nagpasimuno nito. PAMBUBUGAW sa mga PINAY para magka-WORLDCLASS na anak. ABA, ang mga PILIPINO pala pang TINOLA nalang?

  • Cassidy2011

    She doesn’t look Filipina at all.  Too washed out. 

  • pinoyusa2012

    All beauty contest should be natural. Except for eye to be able to see and dentures to be able eat. Huwag naman bungal ang contestant.

  • basilionisisa

    insulto naman sa nanalo, second paragraph lang sya, yung pinay first paragraph at headline pa kahit pang-third lang. dapat nga, dahil tayo ang host ay hospitable at accommodating tayo sa ating news reporting man lang at hindi very obvious na bias, (wdyt, Mr Armin Adina?)

    at bakit dapat ipangalandakan pang may lahing German ang Filipino candidate? hindi ba mapapansin kung Filipino lang? how demeaning naman sa mga pinays.

    very poor writing skills!

    • kenjigraphics

      Yeah. That’s what they refer to as colonial mentality. Everybody with a foreign blood is almost always referred to as better than a Malay looking Filipino. The Philippine cosmetic market is a testament to this. References such as “Spanish beauty” and hyphenated Filipina/o perpetuates this mentality. The embarrassing thing about this is that almost every single Filipinos in international acclaim are either a “half foreigner” or “full foreigner”. It is rather sad and sometimes pathetic to see Filipinas abroad courting white men–even old white men. I understand some of these relationship are for “love,” but I suspect that many of these are for acclaim. These mothers would use their child’s “whiteness” or “Caucasian” looks as a point of pride. Unfortunately, Filipino men are kind of almost relegated to the sidelines.

  • brentcom

    setting aside the caption, hula ko ang pilipina ay yung either the first one from the left and the last one. un pala, ung fangatlo mula sa left. na deceive ako dai. hindi na finay yan kundi representative ng philippines yan na imported. wala na ba tayong makuhang TRUE filipina… and daming Pinay dyan na maganda at sexy at talented pa. dyos ko day…

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