Miss Earth contestants from 26 countries, who arrived in Negros Occidental yesterday, called for a united effort to save the world from the ravages of global warming by going green.
The 26 of the about 80 Miss Earth beauties were in the province for their pre-talent competition at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City last night.
Two other batches of contestants were in Palawan and Metro Manila for their pre-talent competitions, with the final pageant night set in Boracay on Nov. 22.
Gov. Isidro Zayco, who hosted lunch for the 26 contestants at Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel, said he was glad they chose Negros Occidental as one of the venues for the pre-talent competition, so that its tourism attractions can also be promoted.
The contestants are set to visit Mambukal Resort in Murcia , The Ruins in Talisay City and the historical sites in Silay City today, said Adie Adelantar, Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism 2008, who is from Victorias City .
At a press presentation yesterday noon at the Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel, the girls batted for the preservation of the environment.
Miss Tanzania Evelyne Amasi said “When we understand the freshness of the air that we breath…and the purity of the water we consume, then automatically we understand life.”
“When this happens we understand the need to preserve the environment, we all should not wait for tomorrow, we should do it now,” she said.
Miss Brazil Larissa Ramos, who is studying biology in Universidade Federal do Amazonas, stressed the need to work against contamination of the environment, while Miss Chinese Taipei Yi-Wen Chen said the world needs more green campaigns.
Miss France Magalie Thierry, who has a masters degree in biology, said she wants to promote the protection of the ocean's biodiversity, while Miss Greece Triantafyllia Sarantinou stressed the need to tap the sun and wind as sources of clean energy.
“God has blessed us with only one Earth; if we don't take action now we will destroy it forever,” Miss Guam Maria Luisa Santos said.
Miss Honduras Alejandra Mendoza called on everyone to take care of the environment by keeping it green and clean.
Miss Kosovo Elza Marku called for unity in saving mother earth, while Miss Macau Jia Pei said the environment must be protected for a better future.
Safer alternative energy was pushed by Miss Malta Alison Galea Valletta.
Calls to save the environment should be heard at the world summit on the environment in Copenhagen in December, Miss Nepal Richa Thapa Magar said.
Miss Nigeria Modesta Alozie said, “we are all here to save Mother Earth together, I can't do it alone and you can't do it alone.”
Miss Northern Ireland Kayleigh O'Reilly said “we should start making changes within ourselves and unite to protect Mother Earth.”
“We must preserve the balance of nature to prevent calamities,” Miss Paraguay Gabriela Rejala said.
Miss Peru Leticia Rivera Vergara said the first solution to environmental problems is education, we all need to be examples for the world.
“We must go green for future generations,” said Miss Puerto Rico Dignelis Taymi Jimenez, who is a lawyer.
Miss Samoa Varuna Curry said climate change is causing sea levels to rise and if this goes on, there won't be any small islands left to live in.
Miss Scotland Sarah Finlay stressed the importance of protecting biodiversity and going green, while Miss Singapore Valerie Lim said it is important to protect the environment for the future.
“We have to all together help Mother Earth so let's do it,” Miss Slovenia Maja Jamnik said.
Mother Earth is innocent and pure and must be well protected, Miss Switzerland Graziella Rogers said.
Miss Thailand Rujinan Phanseethum said protecting the environment is protecting oneself.
Also in Negros were Miss Tahiti Niuriki Teremate, Miss El Salvador Mayra Aldana, Miss Mexico Natalia Quiñones Perez and Miss Guatemala Hamy Nataly Tejeda Funes, who was celebrating her birthday yesterday.*CPG