Miss Philippines -Earth 2011: Top Five Winners Proclaimed!

Top Ten Miss Philippines-Earth Finalists

Most of my male readers crave for beautiful things, beautiful stories and a lot more regarding women. So, from time to time, with all the tragic events or malady that besieged us last week, like the controversial DEHP (Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate)or plasticizers and the E. coli virus that contaminated cucumbers from Europe.

Last night (June 5, 2011), Miss Philippines-Earth beauty pageant was held at Puerto Princessa, Palawan, considered to be the 'last frontier in the archipelago'. This peninsula facing the South China sea is famous for its exotic animals that are endemic in the country and the candidate for the Wonders of New World, the Tubbataha Reef and the underground river that the selected top 10 candidates braved to sail by boat.

A month-long selection of these ladies-for-a-cause, this Miss Earth beauties were spent visiting the forest reserves and heritage places in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as they were trimmed down to ten. They also conducted the contest for Earth Angels, utilizing talents of selected girls who gamely participated in the young version of the contest.

And the culmination saw these beautiful girls vie for the coveted crown.

The Top 10 candidates were:

  1. Athena Imperial - Casiguran-Aurora
  2. Edan Dafilmoto - Cotabato City
  3. Alicia Ariosa -Pagadian City
  4. Muriel Orais - Cebu City
  5. Jonavi Quiray - Puerto Princesa City
  6. Tarhata Rico - Makati City
  7. Michelle Gavagan - Las Pinas City
  8. Mary Denise Toribio - Malolos City
  9. Brenna Gamboa - Fil-Am East Coast, USA
  10. Catrine Ocampo - General Santos City


Below is a video I've got from YouTube, showing the trimming of 50 contestants down to 10 finalists.

Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Press Presentation Part 1 c/o OPMBvids

Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Press Presentation Part 2 c/o OPMBvids

Highlights of the Night

The television station, ABS-CBN Channel 2 with the Carousel Productions, Inc. staged the coronation night where some alumni of the pageant served as presenters and hosts, Ginger Conejero, Sandra Seifert and John Estrada.

Online poll on Facebook declared Athena Imperial, a Mass communication student, the one who grabbed the title as Miss Philippines-Earth 2011.

Other ladies who completed the Final Five are:

  • Michelle Gavagan - Las Pinas City
  • Muriel Orais - Cebu City
  • Jonavi Quiray - Puerto Princesa City
  • Tarhata Rico - Makati City

The Casiguran lass defeated her competitors because of her objective answer regarding this final question, (as repeatedly asked by national television host John Estrada among the remaining five):

"Compared to fossil fuels, like oil and coal, nuclear power is one of the cleanest, most cost-efficient sources of energy. Do you think, the Philippines should use nuclear plants as an alternative source of energy. Why or why not?"

The titlist, Ms. Imperial clearly explained that the country is already using available alternative sources of energy: harnessing the energy of water (hydropower plants), air (giant windmills) and the sun (solar power). She also explained the consequences of using nuclear plants, like what happened in Japan, recently.

This gathered a tremendous reaction from the local crowd and supporters. Unlike the other girls who cannot hit the perfect answer for the question.

Nonetheless, they ended up as titlists of Ms. Imperial's court:

  • Miss Philippines-Air was Jonavi Raisa Quiray from Puerto Princesa,
  • Miss Philippines-Water was Murielle Adrienne Orais,
  • Miss Philippines Fire was Michelle Gavagan and
  • Miss Philippines Eco Tourism Tarhata Clio Shari Rico of Makati City.


The crowned winner for Miss Philippines Earth - Athena Imperial of Casiguran-Aurora
The crowned winner for Miss Philippines Earth - Athena Imperial of Casiguran-Aurora | Source
The newly-crowned Athena Imperial, Miss Philippines Earth 2011, being interviewed by ABS-CBN Channel 2 reporter (photo by Travel Man on TV-June 6, 2011)
The newly-crowned Athena Imperial, Miss Philippines Earth 2011, being interviewed by ABS-CBN Channel 2 reporter (photo by Travel Man on TV-June 6, 2011)

Athena Mae Imperial, 24 years old, stands 5 feet and 6 inches and weight 115 pounds, has a vital statistics of 34-24-35. She's presently working as a researcher at GMA Channel 7., the rival station of ABS-CBN 2.

Ms. Imperial will represent the country in the Miss Earth 2011 pageant to be held in PattayaThailand this coming November 12.

Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Crowning Moment. c/o quineoppus

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great review of the pageant.....nice selection of videos and photos....it looks like they picked a real winner...voted up and beautiful


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Cogerson: Thanks for the vote of confidence. Most male have eyes for beauty, especially when a lady talks wittily and intelligently.


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Athena was a sure winner when she nailed the right answer for that question. Congratulations!


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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

She's the most engaging contestant during the pageant. A true beauty of a Filipina, battling it up through wit, grace, beauty and brawns; dominating the stage and the Q&A.

She's a standout winner. Congratulations, Athena!


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Athena was my bet during that coronation night. And she nailed it! Congratulations!!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: You bet she was She nailed some good answers while other candidates talked in circles. Good thing and riddance for her as well. Since she's a media practitioner (production staff), she knows all the issues concerning the planet Earth.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: You said it right. No wonder, she's the envy of the other girls who wanted the crown. Intelligence is what truly counts in every beauty contest, not just the height and beauty.

Judges will also agree with my opinion.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: No doubt about it! She's really the runaway winner...the grace, the beauty and intelligence.

It's her time to shine.

Good luck on your quest for the crown in Thailand, Athena!!!


billy 4 years ago

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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@billy: Thanks for appreciating this hub, kabayan!

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