The Evening Gown finals was held last night, November 16, at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Parañaque City where the host candidate disappointed 79 other beauties from around the world after being announced as the winner.
It looks like the Miss Earth Pageant is on track to duplicate what happened in Miss Universe earlier this year where a back-to-back victory was granted to Venezuela. Venezuela bagged the Miss Universe crown in 2008 and 2009, the first time that a country won twice in 2 consecutive years in the history of the pageant. Philippines won Miss Earth 2008, are we seeing another Miss Earth crown for the country next week?
It’s highly possible since Sandra Seifert, believed by pageant experts to end the country’s Miss Universe drought when she competed in Bb. Pilipinas earlier this year, is a real stunner and epitome of beauty and brains. But when Bb. Pilipinas disqualified her for having posed in FHM, Sandra did not quit on her dream to become a beauty queen. Miss Philippines earth embraced her and now she’s an excellent representative of the country.
But to give the crown to the host candidate for the second year in a row will definitely hurt the Philippine-produced Miss Earth pageant which is currently tagged as the 3rd most prestigious in the world. Sandra might be the fairest among 80 contestants but i believe we should not duplicate the Miss Universe incident. If we do, there’s a big possibility that some countries will boycott the pageant and will no longer participate on next editions.
Just my opinion. A first runner up position for Sandra is enough. We know she’s the best but we have to give way to other equally deserving candidates like USA, Venezuela, Latvia and Spain (my suggestions) because we are the host country.
Image courtesy of OPMB.