MANILA, Philippines?Negros Occidental province achieved two victories in the Miss Philippines-Earth pageant held at The Arena in San Juan City on Sunday.
The last women standing in the final moments of the competition were two Negrense beauties: Filipino-German model Sandra Seifert, representing Negros Occidental, and Adie Adelantar from Victorias City. Both were former candidates of rival pageant Binibining Pilipinas.
Seifert, 25, a New York City-educated nurse, beat 49 other contestants and brought home the title of Miss Philippines-Earth 2009. She won P250,000, plus other prizes, and will represent the country in the Miss Earth pageant later this year.
Adelantar, on the other hand, was proclaimed Miss Philippines-Ecotourism and Miss Pagcor. She brought home P250,000 and other prizes.
Seifert was an early favorite, collecting four special citations?Best in Cultural Costume, Miss RCBC E-Woman, Gandang Ricky Reyes and Best in Swimsuit.
Seifert was a popular favorite in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in March, but was disqualified two days before the proclamation night for having posed in a men?s magazine in 2007.
On Sunday night, the 5-foot-9-inch model again proved that she was the crowd favorite. Aside from her Eurasian good looks, gorgeous physique and stunning grace, she impressed the judges with her quick wit and genuine concern for the environment.
When asked what she would change to make herself a better environmentalist, Seifert said: ?When I joined Miss Earth I became aware of the things I can do as a Filipina and as a citizen of the world. I would like to share this awareness with more people, whether on a personal level or through the media ? [I want to] make a difference in every little way I can.?
She nailed the competition with her strong answer.
Seifert is the fourth Binibining Pilipinas castoff to win the Miss Philippines-Earth title. The other former contestants are reigning Miss Earth Karla Henry, Miss Philippines-Earth 2007 Jeanne Harn, and Miss Earth-Water 2006 Catherine Untalan.
Quezon City?s Patricia Marie Tumulak was crowned Miss Philippines-Fire and Miss Science and Technology, and brought home P150,000.
Aklan?s Michelle Martha Braun was proclaimed Miss Philippines-Air, while Catherine Loyola, from the Filipino Community in Sydney, was declared Miss Philippines-Water.
For the duration of their reign, the five winners, along with the five runners-up, will spearhead environmental projects led by pageant organizer Carousel Productions and the Miss Earth Foundation.