Miss Philippines Karla Henry, 22, reacts after winning the Miss Earth 2008 beauty pageant at the Expo amphitheatre in Clark air base in Pampanga, north of Manila November 9, 2008. Henry beat over eighty beauties from around the world. First runner-up, who won the title Miss Earth Air, was Miriam Odemba, 25, of Tanzania. (Source: www.beautyschool.blogspot)
A total package of beauty, brains and genuine concern for the environment, Karla Paula Henry won the first Miss Earth crown for the Philippines.
|Miss Earth 2008: Karla Paula Henry, PHILIPPINES
||Miss Air: Miriam Odemba, TANZANIA
|Miss Water: Abigail Elizalde, MEXICO
||Miss Fire: Tatiane Alves,
TOP 8 FINALISTS:
COLOMBIA, Mariana Rodríguez
SPAIN, Adriana Reverón
SWITZERLAND, Nasanin Nuri
VENEZUELA, Daniela Torrealba
TOP 16 SEMI-FINALISTS:
CZECH REPUBLIC, Hana Svobodová
KOREA, Seo Seol-hee
NIGERIA, Uko Ezinne
POLAND, Karolina Filipkowska
ROMANIA, Ruxandra Popa
RUSSIA, Anna Mezentseva
THAILAND, Piyaporn Deejing
USA, Jana Murrell
Miss Photogenic – Miss Philippines
Best in National Costume – Miss Panama
Best in Swimsuit – Miss Mexico
Miss Talent – Miss Australia
Best in Long Gown – Miss Venezuela
Miss Friendship – Ecuador
* Miss Earth 2008 – The Final Question and Answer Portion – This is why Miss Philippines won!
Screencaps from the coronation night:
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Karla Paula Henry
Height: 5′”6 1/2
Weight: 110 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Place of Birth: Cebu City
Can you describe yourself and your background?
One thing that can best describe my self is a word EARTH each letter will represent the characteristic that I possess E-nergetic, A-pproachable, R-eliable, T-alented and H-ospitable. Energetic in a way of accomplishing my duties, Approachable to all my countenance, Reliable in pursuing or realizing the dreams of a concern Filipino in making/keeping the GREEN Earth, Talented to attract other people from different countries and Hospitable for it is the best Filipino Traits known in the world. And I would like to be an instrument to every woman who believe in their own ways.
What are your preparations for the upcoming Miss Earth?
I believe winning the Miss Earth title need not to have that much preparation, because the significant on it is not the preparation you have to win the title but is what you have done for the Earth before the pageant night. That is why I prefer to spend much time in solving an environmental issues, visiting and helping other countries in Asia who have environmental problems, spreading words about the ways on how to help the planet in our own ways. And if I win the title it is because I deserve it but if I lose at least I’ll be able to contribute my capabilities in order to keep the Earth a better planet to live in.
What is your environmental slogan?
BASURA MO LINIS MO!!! (Be responsible for your own trash) that would be my environmental slogan… It is simple yet powerful and I am sure everybody can do this.
Of all the elements of the Earth: Fire, Water and Air, which element are you most likely to associate with and why?
WATER because this will connect every country in the world, the sea touches the Philippines is the same sea in other countries. I believe water symbolizes life because a wave in the ocean will represents people’s trials, a calm water will represents human’s satisfactions, a water in the river will represents love for no one can stop its flows.
Aside from its environmental platform, what makes Miss Earth different from other pageants like Miss World and Miss Universe?
For me, Miss Earth is so realistic in terms of commitments, the duties that you have as a reigning Miss Earth is for life time, because as long as you live in this Earth you are part of it, and you have still role for it .. The Miss Earth title is indeed remarkable.
In your country what are the major ways it does to protect or improve the environment?
Educating people is still the best way in order to protect and inprove the environment.
Any message to Woman of the Earth Forum?
A woman must love Nature for its never fails you. A woman must take courage and strength from all the elements of the Earth for the Earth called as MOTHER Earth because it is dedicated to the women of Earth. Therefore, we must be the first to take care of it, we must be a role model to the people of the world and we must be an instrument in protecting the planet earth.
Thank you very much to Miss Philippines, Karla Paula Henry and Ferdinand Abejon for the photos.
Originally posted at Woman of the Earth forum: http://www.voy.com/217922/