February 27, 2017, 2:59 pm
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Who will succeed Angelia Ong as Miss Earth 2016?

TOMORROW night at the Mall of Asia Arena, eighty-three of the Earth’s most beautiful and environment-savvy ladies will vie for the coveted Miss Earth crown currently held by Angelia Ong of the Philippines.

The delegates’ hectic schedule prevented individual members of media from covering all the events, especially since the girls were divided into three groups with competitions happening at the same time in different parts of the country, from as near as Metro Manila and as far as Davao.

Pageant Watch was lucky enough to catch the press presentation at Diamond Hotel, meet-and-greet at Oakwood Joy-Nostalg Center and Crystal Jade Dining In, and swimsuit, evening gown and talent events at Versailles Palace, a posh Mediterranean-themed subdivision across Ayala Alabang in Las Piñas, sponsor visits at Natural Looks store at SM North EDSA and Sabreen’s Seafood Market & Restaurant, and the final and the well-attended national costume competition at the ballroom of Century Park Hotel.

We have picked eight ladies who are likely to make it to the finals and strongly contend for the Miss Earth title and her court of “elements.” They are: Imelda Bautista Schweighart, 21, a student from Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, aiming to be the fourth Filipina Miss Earth champion after Karla Henry (2008), Jamie Herrell (2014) and Angelia Ong (2015); Katherine Elizabeth Espin Gomez, 23, a model and cosmetologist from Quito, Ecuador who aspires to win her country’s second Miss Earth title after Olga Alava (2011); Stephanie Ysabel de Zorzi Landaeta, 23, a model from Aragua, Venezuela who is gunning for her country’s third title after Alexandra Braun (2005) and Alyz Henrich (2013); Lyndl Kean, 26, a model from Woronora,
Australia who is aiming to be the first winner from Down Under after a strong first runner-up finish last year by Dayana Grageda from Sydney; Bruna Custodio Zanardo, 24, a model from Sao Paulo, Brazil aiming for her country’s third title after Priscilla Meirelles-Estrada (2004) and Larissa Ramos (2009); Aleksandra Cherepanova, 19, a student from Vladivostok, Russia (who is a deadringer for actress Liza Soberano) gunning for her country’s first Miss Earth title; Corrin Julia Stellakis, 19, a Communications and Social Interaction student from New York who is raring to be America’s first Miss Earth; and Cloie Syquia Skarne, 22, a Global
Management student from Djursholm, Sweden. Cloie, of course, is Gabby Concepcion’s daughter with Jenny Syquia, now Mrs. Filip Skarne.  


Fritzie Lexdy Dimailig-Noche, a 36-year-old dentist from Balayan, Batangas, won the fifth Mrs. Philippines Globe Pageant last Sunday night, October 23 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura, Taguig City. She bested 16 other candidates from all over the country and will represent the country at the Mrs. Globe Pageant to be held Hainan, China in December.  

Noche succeeded Sherilou Villaseñor, last year’s winner and became the first contestant to win the title on her second try.  She finished as a top ten finalist at the 3rd edition of the pageant in 2014.  Along with women from all over the globe, she will vie for the coveted crown currently held by Lebanon’s Sylvia Yammine. 

Noche also took home the Career Woman of the Year and Supermodel Mom awards.     

“My second try at Mrs. Philippines Globe has allowed me to discover more about myself and improve my persona as a wife, mother, and friend to all,” said Fritzie. “I will bring everything I learned in this journey as I represent my country for Mrs. Globe 2016.”

Aside from Noche, the pageant’s major winners also included: Timikko Santos, Woman of Substance; Annalyn Marie Gayatin, Solane Mother of the Year; Michelle Boyero, 1st runner-up; Niezal Cayangan, 2nd runner-up; and Nova Christine de la Cruz, 3rd runner-up.
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