ECUADOR’S Olga Alava was crowned as Miss Earth 2011, while Miss Philippines Athena Imperial bagged the Ms. Earth Water title.
With this year’s theme “The Earth is Crying, Let the Earth Smile Again,” Alava bestest more than 80 lovely ladies during the coronation night at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.
The 23-year-old Alava, who advocates preserving the forests and planting more trees, was crowned by Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria of India.
Filipina entrant Imperial received the loudest cheers from the audience. Athena, a communication researcher for a major television network in Manila, is a native of Casiguran, Aurora.
Brazilian beauty Driely Bennettone and Venezuelan Caroline Medina also took home the Miss Earth Air and Miss Earth Fire crowns, respectively.
Other big winners during the 11th edition of Miss Earth are Miss Mexico (Best in Evening Gown), Miss Czech Republic (Best in Swimsuit), Miss Japan (Best in National Costume), Miss South Africa (Best in Talent), Miss Chinese Taipei (Photogenic) and Miss Pakistan (Friendship).
The 80 plus contestants visited Cebu, Davao, Ilocos and Bohol during their stay in the Philippines. The beauty ambassadors also promised to take responsibility in saving and protecting mother earth.
Miss Earth 2011 was originally scheduled to be held in Bangkok, but was moved to Manila after the massive flooding in Thailand.
Miss Malaysia Earth 2011 is represented by Miss Joyce Tay, 24 year old from Melaka and she stands at 1.73m and weights 50 kg. Joyce has won the Miss Malaysia Earth 2011 title earliest this year in Ipoh, Perak.