Monday, March 9, 2015

Miss Philippines Earth- 2015 Holds Bohol Screening

For the Boholana aspirants for the 2015 Miss Philippines Earth title, the journey started yesterday with the screening of applicants at the Activity  Center of Island City Mall. 

There was palpable excitement while waiting for the activity to start. The organizers showed a looped video of the winning performance of reigning Miss Philippines 2014 Jaime Herell in the international finals of Miss Earth 2014. 

 Your Blogger was invited as one of the three judges that were given the arduous task of trimming or winnowing the hopefuls to ten ladies who will be the official candidates for the inaugural search of Bohol’s first official candidate in the Miss Philippines- Earth Pageant. 

Joining me in the judging panel were Mark Cepe, a GMA 7 talent/ businessman & talented Boholano director/ mentor Michael Tago.

Here’s the criteria used to guide the judges in coming up with the final list:

Beauty of the face & legs 50%
Intelligence (Environmental knowledge) 50%

After each of the girls had their individual appearance onstage in a smart casual wear, we proceeded with our questions for the girls. After the interview, the girls had their final appearance and this time, in swimsuits of their choice.

This is not the first time that a Boholana will be competing in Miss Philippines Earth. There have been other girls who were appointed as candidates to represent their towns like Dr. Aileen Dango who represented Loboc and Soraya Hasani who represented Loay. There was Zanaida Bulalaque of Batuan who competed in the national finals in 2012. Amanda Arbitrario also competed in Miss Philippines 2014 but she represented Caloocan City.

Right now, I’m not in the liberty to divulge the names of the qualifiers so we will leave the official announcement from the organizers. Ritchell Mutia, Marketing Officer from ICM, bared that the chosen candidates will have a series of fun activities that will focus on the environment & on the girls' advocacy projects. The provincial finals will be on March 29 at the ICM Activity Center.

May the best Earth Warrior prevail!

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