Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MEC08 Denise Garrido at the Launching of Designer Christopher Bates' ULTRA in Toronto!


Miss Earth CANADA Denise Garrido and Miss World CANADA Leah Ryerse in designer Christopher Bates' creations. CONGRATULATIONS, Christopher Bates of ULTRA!!!



With designer Christopher Bates of ULTRA . You can visit ULTRA at http://www.ultramenswear.com/




ALL PHOTOS are by NICK BICANIC- Thanks!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Miss Earth 2008.... The opportunity and experience of a lifetime
Posted By Denise Garrido
Denise Tree-planting in the Philippines.
Endings are always bittersweet. It was a delight to return home to see familiar faces and sleep in my own bed, but having to say goodbye to all the ladies and staff that shared in everything I did for almost a month was definitely difficult.
So what happened during those 3 and a half weeks? We had jam-packed days that started at 5 a.m., and ended at 1 a.m. Our activities in a single day would range from tree-planting to visiting schools, and then attending formal evening events. We did sponsor visits and promotional work, and got to participate in some fun events – fashions shows and photo shoots. The most important, however, were the conferences and television interviews that allowed us to speak about our countries, and the environmental issues and solutions that were important to us.
The trip was very educational – and I truly enjoyed learning of the different delegates’ countries and environmental work. We had seminars and opportunities to speak to specialists in different fields, regarding their work from an environmental perspective – and we visited cities across the Philippines to see what kind of efforts were being done there.
One of the cities that remains special to me is Puerto Princesa, on the Island of Palawan. The city is known as the “City within a forest” for its excellent maintenance of its terrain and vegetation. It is also the location of one of the nominations for the new “Seven Wonders of the World” list -the subterranean river. What makes this underground river so unique is that it is the world’s longest navigable underground river, and we delegates had the opportunity to take a canoe ride to marvel at its beauty.
While there, we encouraged people to vote for it as one of the new Seven Wonders – and voting can still be done at http://www.new7wonders.com/ Aside from its stunning landscapes, Puerto Princesa holds a special place in my heart because I was awarded the title of Miss Puerto Princesa 2008 – an award given to the best final answer of the top 5 contestants in the swimsuit competition.
As for the final results, one of my good friends from the pageant – Karla Henry, Miss Philippines – won the title of Miss Earth 2008. I am proud of her accomplishment and I know she will be a great environmental ambassador. I did not make the semi-finals, but that is no disappointment. I still bring home a title, and most importantly, many great memories, knowledge and friendships, and a friend told me that the impression I left in the Philippines as Miss Earth Canada was as a “go-getter, smart, energetic and a well-rounded person.” I think this is a winning impression for Canada.
It doesn’t end here. I still have the title of Miss Earth Canada to fulfill, until next August. There are events that I am already booked for, including attending the Miss Earth US Pageant in July, the launch of my evening gown designer’s line (ULTRA) in February, and the judging of the Miss North Ontario Pageant in May. Most importantly, I will continue to represent Miss Earth Canada by being a “Green lifestyle” role model and environmental advocate.
With this, I would like to thank all those that have been supportive on my journey to the Miss Earth 2008 competition, including Delfs’ Fitness Centre, Exhale Spa & Salon, Maria Alice Pereira, Zuzana Gabor, Igor and Inga Harant, Giselle Santonato, Leanne Knipe, Nick Bicanic, Kayla Armstrong, FPH Financial, and really, all of the town of Bradford. I am indebted to the kindness and support given.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

MARY JOY and Miss Earth CANADA 2008/ Miss Earth Puerto Princesa 2008 Denise Garrido

Miss Earth CANADA/ ROSOTRO Productions raises funds for charitable causes and heightens awareness of environmental issues. Every year, Miss Earth CANADA winners are encouraged to use their title in doing so. In 2003, Brooke Johnston donated the money she raised to "Tanggol Kalikasan" a non-goverment organization that focuses on saving animals and nature. In 2004, Tanya Beatriz Munizaga donated her funds to a children's hospital in Manila (Hospicio de San Juan). In 2005 Katie McClure donated the money she had raised to the Kalinga Mission for Indeginous Children and Youth Development, Inc. Based in Kalinga Province, Philippines. In 2006, Riza Santos donated the money she raised for a very special girl that I had met and who needs medical attention. Her name is Mary Joy. Mary Joy comes from a very poor family and lives in a below poverty slum area. Last year, 2008, Denise Garrido also donated her prize money in winning the tittle of Miss Puerto Princesa 2008 to Mary Joy. This has gone a long way to help particularly with regard to her vision problem. Maraming Salamat, Denise! Mary Joy and her family are so grateful...
Neighborhood of Mary Joy.

Mary Joy with her younger brother John Mark. Out for a dinner- giving them my christmas presents and announcing the good news that MEC08 Denise is donating her prize money to her.




"Tito, is it okay to have my eyes examined? I have been having a problem with my vsion for the longest time.




Mary Joy having her eyes examined at PEREZ OPTICAL.





Many Thanks to Dr. Jessica Perez.




Mary Joy with her youngest sister and her new pair of eye glasses!



Maraming Salamat, Ate Denise!

If you would like to donate to Mary Joy's fund. please contact us. rosotro@sympatico.ca (514)342-9080