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Miss Earth 2016 Queens in Reunion Island
Katherine Espin in Reunion Island

Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin and Miss Earth Air 2016 Michelle Gomez were warmly welcomed in the island of Reunion for a series of environmental and eco-tourism activities, leading to the coronation of Miss Earth Reunion 2017. The queens visited Charles Cros -Mont Ver Les Hauts School for their environmental education campaign, where they planted trees with the students. They were also treated for a visit to famous eco-tourism spots and a helicopter ride around the island; plus a visit to the island's leading electric car company - Renault.



Katherine Espin Celebrating Earth Day in Angola
Katherine Espin Celebrating Earth Day in Angola

Miss Earth 2016 Katherin Espin celebrated Earth Day 2017 in Angola. She is the first Miss Earth titleholder to visit the African country, where she also crowned the very first Miss Earth Angola. Katherine, with Fundacao Verde, had a tree planting activity supported by the Government of Angola and the Ministerio do Ambiente.



Miss Earth 2016 Beauties for Ghana's "Trash in Bin" Campaign
Miss Earth 2016 Beauties for Ghana's "Trash in Bin" Campaign

Reigining Miss Earth Air Michelle Gomez of Colombia, with Miss Earth 2016 delegates from the Bahamas (Candisha Rolle), England (Luissa Burton), India (Rashi Yadav), Lebanon (Carole Kahwagi) & Zambia (Ketty Kabaso), and Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell graced the grand launch of Miss Earth Ghana Organiation's "Trash in Bin Campaign. The project, led by Miss Earth Ghana 2016 Deborah Eyram Dodor, aims to encourage everyone in Ghana to practice proper waste disposal and segregation. The ladies also participated in a clean-up activity, together with volunteers.



Miss Earth 2016 Returns to the Philippines
Miss Earth 2016 Beauties for Ghana's "Trash in Isabela Province
 
After winning Miss Earth 2016 in the Philippines last October 29, 2016, Katherine Espin of Ecuador returns to the Philippines once again to continue her work in advocating the preservation and protection of the environment to address Climate Change, promote Eco Tourism and good health. The reigning environmental queens of Miss Philippines -Earth and Eco Tourism 2016 shall join her in this journey.

Welcoming Katherine on her arrival on January 21 is Miss Philippines Earth 2016, Loren Mar Artajos who will be with her in the first part of their environmental trip on January 23. Katherine and Loren will be received by the warm hospitality of the Provincial Government of Isabela through Gov. Faustino “Bodjie” Dy III and Vice-Gov. Antonio “Tonypet” Albano, where they will be the official guests at the opening of the Agro-Ecotourism exhibit, Bambanti Village, Provincial Capitol, City of Iligan. On January 24, both ‘beauties for a cause’ will make an official visit to the restored virgin beaches in Palanan for eco tourism promotional activities. They shall be given a tour of the Eco-Fuel Agro-Industrial Plant, San Mariano Isabela and Sta. Victoria Green Sanctuary, City of Iligan on January 25. The queens shall engage in Tree Planting at Iligan’s Sindun Bayabo together with the community on the next day. Famous for putting up scarecrows to protect their crops, the people hold a parade of scarecrow displays every year called the Bambanti Kings and Queens where different groups compete in a colorful and exciting showdown of the best presentation. Katherine and Loren will be guest judges in this two-day fiesta.

Upon Katherine’s return to Manila, the eco queens of Miss Philippines Earth 2016 will join her in “I Love My Planet Earth” school tours of the Miss Earth Foundation to educate youngsters about the preservation of the environment. She will continue this message of environmental awareness in her events with other organizations, TV appearances and radio guestings in Manila. She will be flying to Ilocos Sur on February 1 to be with the Ilocanos’ Town Fiesta activities where the people celebrate their environmental prosperity. Then on February 21 she flies to Isabela once more to assist in Isabela’s Medical Mission activities which provides medical care for the good health of the people until the 25th. Katherine’s environmental undertaking in the Philippines shall continue until March 16 when she returns to her home in Ecuador.

Katherine is also expected to travel to Reunion Island, Mauritius, Chile, Angola, Ghana, Sri Lanka, the USA and Puerto Rico. She clearly stated, “The responsibility of preserving the environment should be taken seriously. I would continue to campaign on the implementation of environmental education in schools.” Follow Miss Earth on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for photos and updates.



The Queen's Grand Homecoming
Miss Earth 2016's Homecoming in Ecuador

Forty days after winning the most coveted and relevant beauty title, Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin is finally back in Ecuador! Straight from her media tour in the United States, the Queen was warmly welcomed by a huge crowd of excited and proud family, supporters and media at the Guayaquil International Airport. More photos here.



Ecuador's Second Miss Earth Crown
Ecuador's Katherine Elizabeth Espin was crowned Miss Earth 2016 on Saturday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Espin said she feels so blessed to have won and thanked the people in the Philippines for their warm hospitality: "I have never been to a country where people are so warm-hearted and I really want to thank every single (person) in the Philippines because they made me feel like I'm in my home," she told reporters. "People who have never seen me supporting me: that is something huge. Just by seeing that, I feel like a winner."

Espin also outlined what she would do as the new Miss Earth. "I am a lawyer and I fight for justice and for what is good," she said. "And now, as Miss Earth, I will fight for the environment and actually to have people be conscientious about the environment and about the respect that we need to have towards it."

Also crowned as the new elemental queens were: Colombia's Michelle Gomez as Miss Earth Air, Venezuela's Stephanie De Zorzi as Miss Earth Water and Brazil's Bruna Zanardo as Miss Earth Fire.

Corrin Stellakis from the USA, Nguyen Thi Le Nam Em from Vietnam, Aleksandra Cherepanova from Russia and Cloie Skarne from Sweden were the finalists. The rest of the semi-finalists were: Lyndl Kean from Australia, Denise Frigo from Italy, Itzel Astudillo from Mexico, Nozipho Magagula from South Africa, Clover Zhu from Macau SAR China, Luissa Burton from England, Chae-Yeung Lee from Korea and Julieann McStravick from Northern Ireland.

Miss Moldova, Tatiana Ovcinicova, was announced as winner of the Eco-Beauty Video competition; while Charlotte Hitchman of Wales was the first ever recipient of the Eco-Warrior Award.
Miss Earth 2016 is Katherine Espin of Ecuador
Miss Earth 2016 is supported by Diamond Hotel Philippines, Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila and Century Park Hotel as official residences of the delegates; together with official airlines Philippine Airlines and Air Asia; Institutional partnership with Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board and brought you by Miss Earth Foundation and KITTCO Travel and Tours.



Miss Earth 2016 Rides the Wave of Change
t’s a sweet homecoming for Miss Earth as the highly anticipated environmental event of the year gets underway.

Close to 90 delegates from all over the world made their way to the nation’s capital to participate in various environmental activities and compete to be the next rightful bearer of the Miss Earth crown.

“We have a busy yet meaningful schedule prepared for the delegates this year,” shares Carousel Productions Executive Vice-President and founder of Miss Earth Lorraine Schuck. “The delegates will visit several provinces all over the Philippines and explore our ecotourism destinations.

“These are not just mere leisure activities. They will have the chance to meet with the locals and learn how these ecotourism spots are protected,” Ms. Shuck adds.

Among the provinces that the delegates are scheduled to visit include Davao, Island Garden City of Samal, Isabela, Tacloban, Guimaras, Cebu, Boracay Island, Sorsogon, Benguet, Sablayan, Lanao and Butuan.

The 16th edition of Miss Earth will focus on making an effective change to address pressing environmental issues. The delegates have been doing various activities in their respective countries before flying to Manila, and have also made their stand on how to protect the planet through their eco-videos. These videos can be viewed on Miss Earth’s official YouTube account.

“The delegates are getting more competitive each year,” observes Carousel President Ramon Monzon, “and their awareness on environmental issues are really impressive. We are confident that anyone we crown will be a deserving winner who will continue to redefine the role of beauty queens.”

Preparations are also underway for the grand coronation night slated on Saturday, October 29, 7PM at the MOA Arena in Pasay City. The event will be telecast live on worldwide and on rappler.com via live streaming. It will also be shown on ABS-CBN on Sunday, October 30, at 10 AM.

In true Miss Earth tradition, the final night will not only be a competition of pretty faces, but will also highlight the delegates’ dedication to the Miss Earth cause.

Outgoing queen Angelia Ong, who made a historic back-to-back win for the Philippines will be passing on her crown to the new environmental ambassador who will be expected to travel the world and carry out the mission to encourage the global community to make a change to save and protect the environment.

Miss Earth 2016 is supported by Diamond Hotel Philippines, Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila and Century Park Hotel as official residences of the delegates; together with official airlines Philippine Airlines and Air Asia; Institutional partnership with Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board and brought you by Miss Earth Foundation and KITTCO Travel and Tours.



Miss Earth 2016: Empowered to Make a Change

The Philippines once again plays host to the 16th edition of Miss Earth, the highly anticipated international environmental event that has been crowning beauty queens who serve at the forefront of promoting environmental awareness.

The announcement was made by Carousel’s Executive Vice President and Miss Earth founder Lorraine Schuck. Following the success of the Austrian staging of the event last year, Carousel thought it best to bring back Miss Earth to its home country where change is adamantly implemented in different sectors.

“It has always been our mission to encourage everyone to make a change in their day-to-day activities in terms of lessening their carbon footprint,” states Ms. Schuck. “Imagine the effects of these little steps if there would be millions who are willing to make that change.”

Carousel believes that the Philippine staging of Miss Earth 2016 will amplify the current administration’s stand on environmental issues. Both Carousel and the current Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez have been partners in the past in a campaign for a cleaner and greener environment.

This year’s delegates are scheduled to visit ecotourism destinations in different parts of the country. A far cry from the leisure and touristy spots, Miss Earth 2016 will showcase the rich biodiversity of the country and encourage sustainability in the process.
Miss Earth 2016: Empowered to Make a Change
“We understand the need to raise funds through the promotion of our tourist spots, but not to the point of compromising nature,” Ms. Schuck explains. “We also need to strike a balance between creating profit and conserving the environment for the benefit of small communities.”

90 delegates are expected to arrive by early October. Aside from the event’s thrust to promote environmental consciousness, Miss Earth 2016 promises to be another spectacular television event that will be seen in an estimated 190+ countries around the world.

“We are very thankful for the support we have been getting from different international television networks,” shares Carousel President Ramon Monzon. “Our international broadcast is not only an indication of the worldwide popularity of Miss Earth, but equally important, it’s also a sign that Miss Earth’s mission is being heard and done in various countries.”

The grand coronation night of Miss Earth 2016 is slated on Saturday, October 29, 7:00 PM at the MOA Arena, with local and international live telecast.