Miss Venezuela is Miss Earth 2013

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MANILA — Venezuela’s candidate to the 2013 Miss Earth pageant, Alyz Henrich, was crowned the title winner on Saturday during the finals night held at Versailles Alabang in Las Piñas.

Austria’s Katia Wagner was named Miss Air, Thailand’s Punika Kulsoontornrut took home the Miss Water title, while Korea’s Catharina Choi placed as Miss Fire.

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The crowing of Henrich as Miss Earth marks the second major win for Venezuela, considered as a pageant powerhouse, in international beauty competitions this year.

Only last month, another Venezuelan beauty, Gabriela Isler, clinched the Miss Universe crown. The Philippines’ Ariella Arida finished 3rd runner-up in the same competition.

Completing the top 16 were the candidates of Turkey, Chile, France, China, Mauritius, Spain, USA, and South Africa.

Special awards such as the Best in Swimwear and Best in Evening Gown, which Jenrich and Ukraine’s Anastasia Sukh won, respecitvely, were handed out days before the coronation night.

Kazakhstan’s Kumis Bazarbayeva got the Best in Talent award, Kulsoontornrut won Best in Resorts Wear, while India’s Sobhita Dhulipala took home the Miss Photogenic trophy. She also won the Miss Earth Eco-Beauty competition, where each candidate showcases her environmental advoacy through a video.

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Awarded Miss Friendship were Indonesia’s Nita Sofiani, Lebanon’s Rita Houkayem, and Gabon’s Filiane Mayombo Koundi.

Leading up to the coronation night, the candidates took part in relief efforts for the survivors of “Yolanda.” This year’s pageant had been announced to focus on raising awareness about climate change, in relation to the devastation caused by the typhoon.

The Philippines-based international pageant, whose slogan is “beauties for a cause,” has been held in the country annually since 2001, except in 2010 when Vietnam hosted the finals night.

Miss Malaysia Earth 2013v was represented by Josephine Tan.

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