SORSOGON CITY — All thirty-two international beauties from countries over the world descended on this city Tuesday to compete in the “Resort Wear” segment of the Ms. Earth International competition on Wednesday at the provincial gymnasium.
The candidates arrived late Tuesday morning from Metro Manila and proceeded to the Siama Hotel in Barangay Bibincahan here where they will be billeted during their stay.
Sorsogon governor Raul Lee accepted the hosting of the prestigious event as part of the efforts to promote the tourism potentials of the province in the international market.
At around 3:00 p.m., the contestants will participate in a mangrove-planting activity at Barangay Gimaloto, a seaside village where the government has an ongoing mangrove reforestation project,as part of the Ms. Earth competition’s advocacy on environmental protection.
On Wednesday, the beauties travelled to the town of Barcelona for a photo session in the ruins by the shore after which they were at Bulusan Lake for the water sports challenge.
The last was at the “Valley View” in Irosin town before had their lunch at the Guest World Resort in the same town.
The contestants head back to Sorsogon city at around 1:30 p.m. for a waste-recycling activity at the Kasanggayahan Village from 2:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m. and a motorcade around the city proper at 4:00 p.m.
The “Resort Wear” competition was scheduled at 7:00 p.m. at the provincial gym which has undergone a major face-lifting.
Tickets to the competition come at a steep price of P3,000 each and only 300 limeted tickets were sold by the provincial government.
Lee said he hoped that the provincial government’s hosting of the event would give the province an extensive exposure in the national and international media.
Ms. Earth is one of the three major international beauty pageants, together with Miss Universe and Miss World, in terms of prestige and number of participating countries and is primarily aimed at raising public awareness about the environment.
Philippines is represented by Angelee Delos Reyes. The pageant’s final search will be held on December 7.(PNA)