Ms. Earth versus Ms. Grand International: The Rivalry

With the recent Miss Earth and Miss Grand International pageants having overlapping schedules, pageant fans of each competition are at each others’ throats once again. Why is this bitter rivalry still wouldn’t put to rest? Here are comparisons that brings the two at odds…

The Question of Each Others’ Advocacy – In terms of relevant advocacies, both pageant are now at an equal standing. Miss Earth with global warming becoming an international issue that more and more countries are realizing, becomes stronger each year. But nowadays with war, terrorism and domestic violence being on the forefront of every news channel, the MGI peace advocacy has begun to become more socially relevant. So neither of these pageant can claim that theirs is more relevant than the other. The only part that would differentiate is how they implement their advocacy plans. Something that ME enjoys being the older among the two.
The Better Production – in terms of finals night production, both are at par with each other. ME did struggle a bit in past editions in terms of production consistency though they have delivered well in recent years. The only weak point of the ME finals are the dizzying camera panning that is more appropriate for noontime variety programs. MGI couldn’t be denied that this seemed to be their forte: Showmanship with consistency year after year. Though there are times when choreography and contestant intros go overboard, that these become memes on soc-med.

The Glamour Factor – hands down MGI wins this round, simply because ME has always been unapologetic in its mission. ME is far more focused in tree planting activities, environmental seminars and the like to be bothered with regular photoshoots of the girls. Not that ME has zero glamour but rather MGI has bigger proportion on it. This is something that MGI has mastery of. Let’s face it and be true to ourselves, glitz and glamour is perhaps a huge portion of the reason we all love pageants. All ME has to do to address that is to get more exposure for their winners in glammed up events. 
The Bitter Fan Rivalries – Let’s face it, the rivalry between the pageant is mainly fueled by each of their fans. The only difference is that Filipino fans of ME is seen to be more vocal and loud on all social media outlets, plus the advantage of being bi-lingual able to communicate in English. Thai fans of MGI are just as capable of generating noise on social media though not as strong in other forms of soc-med (mainly via Twitter). nevertheless, these two countries are the biggest consumer of pageants in Asia.

Which is the better pageant? Truthfully, both pageants have areas of improvement that needs to be addressed before we can collectively validate which pageant is superior. While Miss Earth may have slight advantage in terms of social media noise and history, Miss Grand International is hot on its heels by improving leaps and bounds. ME cannot be complacent in its status as an Alpha Pageant, because MGI alongside MS are just around the corner continuously improving. It is likely that these pageants could be the next in line to the Alpha status that ME, MI, MU and MW currently enjoys (at least just for now).
The question of who is the better pageant between Miss Earth and Miss Grand International will not likely be answered now but in years to come…

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Miss Earth 2017: The Strongest from NORTH AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN

I only have three girls in this list and yet all of them are strong contenders in the Miss Earth 2017 pageant. In all honesty, I see one of this girls potentially could win the title.
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* USA, Andreia Gibau – 5’10 1/2″, 22 years old, Public Relations Graduate & a Self-Development Coach. I would say, she is the girl to beat among the candidates this year. Watching her Eco-video amazes me on how well spoken she is, understandably as she is a PR graduate and not just a model. Could she be the first ebony-skinned woman to win the title? I can honestly say, that she could be.
* Puerto Rico, Karla Victoria Aponte – 5’9″, 19 years old, Finance student. Hers is a story that needs to be told, after her country managed to survive two huge super-typhoons. The blonde beauty is one of the early talked about girls for a good reason. She is absolutely gorgeous when she smiles and looks actually much better with minimal make up. I can easily see her in the top8 this year. 
* US Virgin Islands, Kaylee Carlberg – 5’8″, 25 years old, Community Support Professional. In my opinion, she lost some steam she had after competing in Miss Earth USA. But I am glad to see her compete in ME this year as I see someone who is a fierce competitor in the pageant. I am hoping that she gains more momentum leading into the finals.

Miss Earth 2017 Sashes&Scripts 2nd Leaderboard

We are already mid-way into the Miss Earth competition and we are clearly seeing several girls starting to pull away from the rest of the competition. While nothing is yet set in stone, we list down the girls who are steadily gaining momentum and steam in the pageant…

16. Eucharia Akani,  Nigeria

15. Kaylee Carlberg, US Virgin Islands
14. Michelle Alriani,  Indonesia
13. Angele Kossinda, Cameroon *new
12. Nina Robertson, Australia *new
11.  Karen Bustos, Mexico
10. Erika Parker, Panama *new
9. Le Thi Ha Thu,  Vietnam
8. Emerlinda de Matos,  Angola
7. Ninoska Vasquez,  Venezuela
6. Andreia Gibau,  USA
5. Juliana Franco,  Colombia
4. Karen Ibasco, Philippines
3. Faith Landman,  Netherlands
2. Lessie Giler, Ecuador
1. Paweensuda ‘Fahsai’ Drouin, Thailand 

Chanelle, Bruna, Diana & Patricija: Crossover Beauties in Miss International 2017

Looks like the Miss International 2017  will be bringing in a number of pageant crossovers from other Alpha pageants. As of writing Patricija Belousova, Chanelle de Lau, Bruna Zanardo and Diana Croce are the expected crossover beauties in this years edition.

Bruna Zanardo – Brazil, was Miss Earth Fire before being dethroned of her title. Having not completed her year before competing again in a pageant, she is actually following the footsteps of Punika Kulsoonrut  who was stripped of her ME-Water title in 2013. Despite failing to get a state title to be able to compete in Miss Brazil this year, Bruna is a welcome addition to the MI pageant. I do have some reservations for her winning MI this year, hopefully the Japanese judges & organizers would find her beauty suitable for their pageant.
Chanelle de Lau – Curacao, competed in Miss Universe 2016 in Manila. She was a personal favorite who wowed the crowd during the final dress rehearsals. With her wit and public speaking skills, I see her advancing into the semis and could possibly nail a spot in the top 5 this year. Chanelle would be a great rep for the MI organization should she win and could usher more spotlight to the Caribbean girls in the Tokyo-based contest.

Patricija Belousova – Lithuania, participated in Miss Universe 2014. The blue-eyed ash blonde beauty was one of the facially strong candidates in MU that year. She stunned in her white national costume but wore a forgettable gray evening gown. Hopefully she won’t make the same fashion mistakes in Miss International as she is a shoo-in for the semis and even the Miss Photogenic award. 
Diana Croce – Venezuela, was her country’s rep to Miss World in 2016. She was styled to look like past MW winners from her country: Astrid Carolina Herrera, Ninibeth Leal & Jacqueline Aguilera. That is probably why she failed to make the cut despite being of the facially strongest girls in that batch. Her participating in MI this year could be her redemption as I could see her romp away with the title. Hopefully she is styled more naturally this time.

Miss Earth 2017: The Strongest from AFRICA

We have yet to see a Miss Earth coming from Africa, and this year might be that year. I see three girls with the potential to make it into the finals of the pageant this year, and even possibly one of the elemental crowns…

* Angola, Ermelinda de Matos – 5’9 3/4″, 22 years old, Law Graduate. She is perhaps the strongest candidate coming from her continent this year. Being her country’s first ME rep also puts her at an advantage in terms of publicity. Her law background can also serve her well just like the reigning ME winner, Katherine Espin. I have high hopes that she could place among the top 4 this year.
* Nigeria, Eucharia Akani – 5’11 3/4″, 19 years old, Theatre Arts student. Arguably the most photogenic in her continent this year with a really gorgeous facial features. I only see her youth as her only weak point going into the competition, but I see lots of potential in her. I am hoping to see her in the semis this year.
* Uganda, Josephine Mutesi Nabirye – 5’9″, 24 years old, Pharmacy Graduate. I believe that she is a darkhorse from her continent and that people should pay a little more attention to her. With proper styling and wardrobe, she can actually be transformed into a real strong competitor. Hopefully she came in prepared with the month-long rigorous schedule of the pageant.

Multiple Alpha Pageant wins in a Single Year

Did you know that every decade since the 1950’s there is at least one country that has won two of the Alpha pageants in the same year? And did you know that only 7 countries has managed to achieve that remarkable feat? If you are curious as to which countries has managed to achieve that feat, then look no further as we list them out for you…

France, 1953 – Miss Universe Christiane Martel & Miss World Denise Perrier, the country to first achieve this enviable feat. 
Brazil, 1968 – Miss Universe Martha Vasconcellos & Miss International Maria da Glória Carvalho

Australia, 1972 – Miss Universe Kerry Anne Wells & Miss World Belinda Green
Venezuela, 1981 – Miss Universe Irene Saez & Miss World Pilin Leon

India, 1994 – Miss Universe Sushmita Sen & Miss World Aiswarya Rai
India, 2000 – Miss Universe Lara Dutta & Miss World Priyanka Chopra

Ecuador, 2011 – Miss Earth Olga Alava & Miss International Fernanda Cornejo
Venezuela, 2013 – Miss Universe Gabriela Isler & Miss Earth Alyz Henrich

Philippines, 2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young 
Philippines, 2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Ong
Among these countries that has achieved this feat, only three countries are able to do it twice: Venezuela, India and the Philippines. It is no wonder that these countries are among the pageant powerhouses there is. 

Opinion: Elizabeth as Miss Grand International & Paweensuda as Miss Earth?

The Miss Earth and Miss Grand International pageants are having overlapping schedules this year. Not withstanding the steaming rivalry between the two pageants, their finals night will be highly anticipated as to which lady is gonna run home with the titles. At this point, I can say I already have formed several favorites for the Miss Earth and Miss Grand International titles. But for this post let’s focus on just two: Elizabeth Clenci and Paweensuda Drouin.

If Elizabeth Clenci wins the Miss Grand International title (finals on October 26, 2017), this would be a huge win for the Bangkok-based pageant. Filipinos love to rally behind their queens and it would be a great way to reconcile Pinoy pageant fans with MGI. There would be a huge wave of support for Liz as the winner which would benefit the pageant. Elizabeth is nailing the fashion game spot-on and she knows how to command attention without asking for it. Add to that is her ability to win you over with her winsome personality, something that the Vietnamese fans are seeing as of late.
If Paweensuda Drouin Saetan or Fahsai wins Miss Earth? That would be to the delight of Thai fans as Fahsai is perhaps the strongest girl they have sent to ME in ages. No disrespect to the gorgeous Punika Kulsoontornrut, but Fahsai is far more ME winner material. Of course Fahsai’s win could usher more Thai fans for ME, also a win-win for the Manila-based pageant. Fahsai seems to be genuinely sympathetic to the ME cause. Add to her resume, public speaking skills, impressive face and tall stature, she seems to be quite a perfect candidate for the ME title. Miss Earth finals will be on November  4, 2017.

Don’t you think that this scenario could easily play out? That both Fahsai and Liz can be the bridge to bring the ME and MGI fans together? Or that it would benefit the ME & MGI pageants in the long term? 
Your thoughts, dear readers…