Monday, December 01, 2008

Something about CANADA by John S.--- THANKS JOHN!

Karla Paula Ginteroy Henry, the newly crowned Miss Earth 2008, is more than a pretty face for the environmental cause. She wants to get her hands dirty planting trees, cleaning up shores and educating youth in developing countries.

The Tsawwassen-raised 22-year-old not only walked away with the coveted crown, she obviously had the Filipino media eating out of her hands. “Sultry mallure, regal composure, keen intellect, disarming candidness, down-to-earth humility and genuine conviction, gushed the Manila Bulletin, when describing Henry.

Henry wants to plant 20,000 trees in the Philippines during her reign as Miss Earth 2008.“If we get others to help it should be very easy. But what my group and I are talking about is that we do it ourselves.”

“In return, the government has to make sure that the trees will not be chopped down.” Her preference for the location is: “The mountain areas of Cebu.” The island she fondly calls home has been almost completely denuded and overpopulated, rendering the island dry and hot.

Ironically, it is those same hillsides—the island’s watershed that is vital to all—that are being bulldozed and developed as luxury residences today to benefit the few. “That’s why we have our work cut out for us,” Henry said in a published interview.

Henry is the latest stunner with Canadian connections to triumph in the Miss Earth contest - which is the only beauty pageant with a cause to save mother earth. Jessica Nicole Trisko, a beauty queen from Vancouver, British Columbia, was Miss Earth 2007.

Trisko’s father is of Ukrainian-Russian heritage, and her mother is Filipino. She was the first Canadian to win the Miss Earth title. She had previously placed in the top ten at Miss Universe Canada 2007.

Filipino-Canadian beauty, Riza Santos was voted Miss Photogenic at the Miss Earth 2006 competition in the world’s third largest beauty pageant . The 20-year-old pre-med student from the University of Calgary was born and raised in Canada.Her father is a native of Malolos, Bulacan, while her mother hails from Manila.

The Philippines also found an unlikely ambassador in Bradford, Ontario beauty, Denise Garrido, the reigning Miss Canada. Garrido, 21, was one of the 85 candidates in the worldwide search for Miss Earth 2008. She won the “Miss Earth Puerto Princesa” title during the Swimsuit Competition held at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The statuesque Laurentian University graduate is the daughter of Portuguese immigrants to Canada.

Katherine Erin McClure of Toronto was Miss Earth Friendship in 2005. Tanya Beatriz Munizaga, of Montreal was Best in Talent at the Miss Earth 2004 pageant. In the 2003 contest, Brooke Elizabeth Johnston of Saint Catherines, Ontario finished in the top 20.

Philippines-based Carousel Productions re-launched the annual Miss Earth contest in 2001 in an attempt to reinvent and improve the concept of beauty competitions for the new millennium. Its president, Ramon S. Monzon wanted this year’s contestants will be more aggressive in promoting the causes of Miss Earth.And in Henry, the Miss Earth 2008, he has got what he aimed for.

“As I went through the pageant, the schools and barangays we visited and the environmental activities we did as a candidate, it awoke something in me,” she said. “The one thing that I would like to pursue even after the pageant is the school course [Miss Earth Foundation’s I Love My Planet Earth School Tour]. They really matter. It doesn’t take a lot of your time even after your reign. We go around public school once a week a teach grade-school kids,” she says.

“There is a lack of awareness about climate change and global warming even in some private schools,” she notes, adding, “It’s all about promoting the green lifestyle. Of course the children aren’t the ones buying for the family. But they are innocent voices that can influence parents.”
This half-Canadian-Cebuana is quite comfortable speaking in Tagalog, despite having her formative years in British Columbia.

Born in Limay, Bataan, she was raised by her grandparents until the age of four when her family went to reside in Tsawwassen, Canada until she was 14. Upon her family’s return to the country, they first lived in Albay, Bicol for a year before residing permanently in Cebu City. Her parents seprated shortly after they returned to the Philippines.

The Miss Earth Pageant has transformed Henry’s own lifestyle as well. “The greatest change I’ve had is realizing the need for not using plastics. It’s amazing how when you buy even the smallest items in a mall, they have to put it all in plastic bags. Now I’m more conscious about these and say, ‘No, I don’t need those.’ Little things like that really matter.”

Like everthing else these days there was the Obama question for Henry. This years Miss Earth finalists were asked, “What would you tell US President-elect Barack Obama about the state of the global environment if ever you were to meet him?” Henry answered, “Environmental knowledge is something that all of us must share, but most importantly we must teach the youth that this is something that we should instill in them so that in the near future they will be the ones to take care of our mother Earth.”
Henry now intends to back her winning answer with her actions.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Miss Earth Canada Candidate Wins $1,000 in Puerto Princesa

MISS CANADA Denise Conceicao Garrido, one of the pretty 30 candidates in the worldwide search for Miss Earth 2008, was awarded US$1,000 by Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn and first lady Ellen M. Hagedorn for winning the “Miss Earth Puerto Princesa” title during the Swimsuit Competition that was held at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) on October 25.
The PPSRNP, home to the world’s longest navigable underground river, was this year’s Miss Earth venue for the competition that was sponsored by the city government in a bid to further promote its chances to be included in the search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Garrido, a statuesque 21 years old from Bradford, Canada, is donating her prize money to a certain “Mary Joy,” a little girl who needs medical help she met in Las PiƱas. Hagedorn was impressed by the pretty candidate’s reply when she was asked what she will do with her prize. Among the 30 Miss Earth candidates that visited the city, Garrido instantly became a crowd and judges’ favorite because of her extraordinary appeal and charm.
The Miss Puerto Princesa Earth said she was amazed at how beautiful the subterranean river is, and would be encouraging other people to also vote for its inclusion in the seven wonders of nature. “It is definitely lovely,” she said, promising that she’s casting her ballot as soon as she gets online.
Meanwhile, Miss Earth Philippines candidate Karla Paula Henry also expressed the same admiration after entering the underground river, which is known the world over for its cathedral-like rock formations.
“It’s a very unforgettable cave experience because you have to do a little sailing before you see wonderful rock shapes,” Henry told local media men.
Hagedorn said the visit of the Miss Earth 2008 candidates will not only boost the chances of the subterranean river in the New 7 Wonders of Nature search, but it will also encourage the candidates to appreciate more the importance of the environment and maintaining its natural beauty.
“We, Puerto Princesans, should be proud that we have here with us one of God’s most beautiful creations. Without the support of the residents of Puerto Princesa, we would not be able to achieve where we are now in terms of protecting the environment,” he said.
From September 22-October 20, the underground river occupied the No. 1 spot in the live ranking of the New 7 Wonders of Nature search.
“Our various campaigns to get the subterranean river to the highest rank in the New 7 Wonders of Nature have finally paid off. We are now No. 1 in the live ranking since September 22. Let us hope that the trend remains that way,” Hagedorn said. (The Palawan Times)

Miss Earth CANADA 2008 Denise Garrido in ACTION- More PICTURES!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Miss Earth CANADA 2008 Denise Garrido in pictures!

Stunning MEC08 Denise Garrido back in Manila for the Press Presentation and Dinner presented by the Ministry of Tourism. (Merci a Mabuhay Beauties and OPMB pour les photos)

MEC08 "Overall winner" MISS PUERTO PRINCESA 2008 (YOU TUBE)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Miss Canada is Miss Puerto Princesa City in Miss Earth 2008 swimsuit competition

Miss Canada is Miss Puerto Princesa City in Miss Earth 2008 swimsuit competitionBy BOY VILLASANTA, 10/26/2008 7:28 PMPuerto Princesa City , Palawan—Idinaos kaninang alas diyes ng umaga ang isang makulay na bahagi ng Miss Earth 2008, ang swimsuit competition, sa Sabang, Palawan , dalawang oras na biyahe mula sa lunsod na ito.Hindi ipinahayag ng mga hurado ang nagwagi sa Pinakamahusay na Pagsusuot ng Swimsuit dahil sa takdang paligsahan sa Miss Earth 2008 pa ihahayag ang panalo na gaganapin sa ika-9 ng Nobyembre sa Clark Expo Amphitheater sa Angeles City .Gayunman, pumili ang mga hurado ng titulong Miss Puerto Princesa City bilang pagkilala sa madulang tanawin ng siyudad na ito.Ang Miss Canada, si Denise Garrido, dalawampu’t isang taong gulang mula sa Bradford, Canada ang nagwagi bilang Miss Puerto Princesa City .Nagkamit siya ng gantimpalang isang libong dolyar ($1000) mula sa pinuno ng lunsod na ito na si Mayor Edward Hagedorn.Walang mapagsidlan ng kasiyahan ang Miss Canada sa karangalang kanyang nakamit.Dumating ang siyamnapu’t isang kinatawan ng mga bansa sa Miss Earth 2008 sa buong daigdig sa siyudad na ito isang araw bago ang swimsuit competition.Pagdating sa paliparan ay nagdaos agad ang buong lunsod ng motorcade ng mga delegado ng bawat bansa.Taliwas sa mga balita na inulan ang timpalak, sinabi ng mga lokal na peryodista ng bayan na ito tulad Ruth Rodriguez na hindi inulan ang paligsahan bagkos ay maaraw ang kapaligiran.Kasama sat impala ang representante ng Pilipinas na si Karla Paula Henry na mula sa Cebu City .Inaasahang magiging makulay ang Miss Earth 2008 hindi lamang sa pagpapamalas ng magagandang tanawin sa buong kapuluan kundi kung paano rin mapangalagaan ang kalikasan na isa sa mga pangunahing layunin ng beauty contest na ito.Nag-enjoy ang mga kinatawan sa pamamasyal at pag-ikot para sa mga opisyal na gawain ng timpalak.Ililipat ni Jessica Nicole Trisko, ang Miss Earth 2007 mula sa Canada, ang kanyang korona, sa karapat-dapat na contestant sa ikawalong taon ng of 10/26/2008 7:33 PM

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MEC08 in ACTION at the Miss Earth 2008 Activities! (Photos courtesy of Miss Earth)

MEC O8 is Miss Puerto Princesa (Palawan) 2008!

~OCTOBER 24- Puerto Princesa, Palawan- Our very own Miss Earth CANADA 2008 Denise Garrido won the title of Miss Puerto Princesa 2008 in Palawan. CONGRATULATIONS, DENISE! She won 1,500$ and plan to donate it to "Mary Joy", a young girl from Las Pinas who needs some medical assistance. Mahal ka namin, Denise! GO CANADA!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MABUHAY, Miss Earth CANADA 2008!

MEC08 is ready for the Philippines and we would like to thank the people responsible for her National Costume .
"So many people to thank for their conrtibution in creating the Beautiful-Fabulous National Costume" THANKS to the Following:~Igor and Inga Harant (created the accessories. Igor has worked for big people in theatres in Italy, he really knew how to work the colours and sparkles to capture the light of my accessories).~Zuzana Gabor (who sponsored the costs of the material for the accessories. She is the contact that connected MEC08 with Igor and Inga).~Maria Alice Pereira who was the seamstress. She has been a seamstress for 40 years, creating wedding gowns in Portugal. She truly brought the idea into reality--definitely a woman of talent!
~Thanks also to Photographer Nick Bicanic.
*****MABUHAY Miss Earth CANADA 2008!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


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Thursday, October 09, 2008

"DIN-DIN" (MEC08) Is Getting Ready For The Philippines!!

MEC08 wearing Sarees courtesy of UMA SAREES~ Proud Sponsor of Miss Earth CANADA Located at 6270 Cote des Neiges, Montreal Tel: (514) 341-1394 (Thanks to Mr. Chugh)


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MEC08 at the Terry Fox Run~ September 14

Last Suday, MEC08 Denise Garrido joined the Terry Fox Run, a cause that is also very close to her heart, Below are some of the pictures of MEC08 Denise Garrido with the people who supported this event: Terry Fox Organizing Committee, M.P. Peter Van Loan and family, Mayor Doug White and Daughters and with Judy, one of the volunteers. KEEP IT UP, MEC08!!