Miss Philippines Earth 2009

Miss Philippines Earth 2009 was the 9th edition of the Miss Philippines Earth pageant.[1][2][3] The grand coronation night was held on May 10, 2009, at The Arena Entertainment and Recreational Center of the People, San Juan. Fifty contestants competed for the title. The event was broadcast by ABS-CBN in the Philippines and by The Filipino Channel internationally.[4][5]

Miss Philippines Earth 2009
DateMay 10, 2009
VenueThe Arena Entertainment and Recreational Center of the People, San Juan
WinnerSandra Seifert
Negros Occidental
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Karla Henry, the winner of Miss Philippines Earth 2008 and Miss Earth 2008, crowned Sandra Seifert as Miss Philippines Earth 2009. Seifert represented the Philippines in the Miss Earth 2009. Maria Venus Raj relinquished her crown to Grezilda Adelantar as Miss Philippines Eco Tourism who also won Miss PAGCOR. The Miss Philippines Fire crown held by Kristelle Lazaro was won by Patricia Tumulak and also obtained the title Miss Science and Technology. Marie Razel Eguia crowned Michelle Braun as Miss Philippines Air, while Marian Michelle Oblea crowned Catherine Loyola as Miss Philippines Water.[6][7]


Color keys
Final Results Candidate International Placement
Miss Philippines Earth 2009 Negros Occidental - Sandra Seifert Miss Air (1st Runner-up)
Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2009[1] Victorias - Grezilda Adelantar (Miss PAGCOR)
Miss Philippines Fire 2009 Quezon City - Patricia Tumulak (Miss Science and Technology)
Miss Philippines Air 2009 Aklan - Michelle Braun
Miss Philippines Water 2009 Fil-Sydney - Catherine Loyola (abdicated her title)
Alegria, Cebu - Kirstie Joan Babor (assumed the WATER title)
The Runners-up

^1 Note: Kirstie Joan Babor of Alegria, Cebu was later on proclaimed as the replacement of Catherine Loyola as Miss Philippines Water 2009

Special TitlesEdit

Special Title Represents Contestant
Miss PAGCOR Victorias Grezilda 'Adie' Adelantar
Miss Science and Technology Quezon City Patricia Marie Tumulak

Special awardsEdit

Press Releases


Carousel Productions opened the contest to Filipina women of foreign ancestry, or living abroad in 2006. In 2008, Miss Philippines-Earth broadened its coverage to various provinces, cities, municipalities to send in their candidates.[8][9] Here are the 50 contestants that competed for the title Miss Philippines Earth 2009:

Hometown Candidate Age Environmental Message
Aklan Michelle Braun 18 "Observe Waste Segregation"
Alegria Kirstie Joan Babor 22 "Take your plastic bottles to recycling sites and not to garbage dumps."
Antipolo Czarina Mae Justo 23 "You can save 25,000 litres of water a year if you shower for 4 minutes. More so if you use tabo."
Pampanga Vanessa Johnson 22 "Recycle all kinds of paper by crafting them into greeting cards and other novelty items."
Bacolod Jan Maricris Vega 18 "You can water your plants using the water from your dishwashing chore."
Ilocos Norte Jinky Janelle Miranda 21 "Use environment-friendly solutions to clogged drains. Pour a cup of baking soda and half a cup of salt on it. Flush it down with boiling water the day after."
Baguio Maria Raenalyn Guansing 21 "Compact Fluorescent Lamps(CFL) save 75% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs. They also last longer."
Bataan Monique Teruelle Manuel 20 "When ironing, select fabrics that require low temperatures first and work up to those requiring higher temperatures."
Batangas City Jennelyn Bagsit 20 "Make use of your unwanted things by donating them to charities."
Biñan Joanne Principio 18 "Save energy by loading your washing machine to its full capacity."
Bulacan Cherry Mae de Guzman 18 "Try environment-friendly "Electronic Jeep" or ejeep as public utility vehicle."
Bustos Joanna Krizel Tuazon 20 "Cut down on paper use and avoid chemically-bleached paper towels by using reusable cloth towels instead."
Camarines Sur Arianne Natalie Lim 23 "Patronize rechargeable batteries. This will reduce the production of hazardous disposable batteries."
Cagayan de Oro Stephanie Kate Cawaling 23 "Create designated holding "bins" for each type of recycled product and place in convenient locations in your home/garage."
Rizal Jane Annalyn Sy 20 "Used cooking oil can either be reused as soap detergent and biodiesel or disposed of properly by sealing it inside a non-recyclable container."
Calamba Kathrina Camille Suarez 19 "Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth. Leaving the tap running can waste up to 17 litres of water a minute. Better to use glass to save water as well."
Canada (Fil.) Tessa Kruger 21 "Keep refrigerator door closed whenever possible. Plan ahead; remove all food necessary for a meal at one time. Discourage open-door "browsing" between meals."
Northern Samar Rochelle Cadiente 19 "Check the air pressure in your car tires frequently to make sure your car is running as efficiently as possible."
Ilocos Sur Paula Camille Figueras 22 "Old newspapers can be a good material for making bags and other exportable handicrafts."
Las Piñas Elizabeth Naluz 18 "Always bring a reusable shopping bag when you go to the market."
Laguna Barbie Sauquillo 23 "Old compact discs(CD) can be recycled into beautiful house decors, costumes, toys and other objects that can be imagined."
Lipa City Reina Mae Maerina 23 "Reject plastic disposable shopping bags and use a reusable one instead."
Los Baños City Shiella Mae Botones 19 "If your destination is nearby, you can help reduce gas emission by walking. You save the environment and exercise your body too."
Lumban Shienneth Navarro 25 "You can make use of your food and garden wastes through a composting process. This will also help reduce wastes going to landfills."
Malolos City Kenneth Shane Dimaapi 19 "Don't idle your engine. When waiting for pick up or other activities, turn off the engine to reduce the amount of harmful emissions."
Manila Alexis Go 20 "Be creative in recycling old tires. A swing made out of it will not only save the environment, but will also contribute fun to the entire family."
Marikina Elaine Paola Esteban 21 "Staying cool all summer long draw blinds, shades or drapes to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day."
Melbourne (Fil.) Tanya Louise Hendy 23 "Use public transportation where possible."
Mexico Agnes Dizon 25 "Maximize paper usage by printing on both sides and making note pads out of used paper."
Meycauayan City Nickah dela Cruz 18 "Maximize paper usage by printing on both sides and making note pads out of used paper."
Cotabato Province Leah Sarah Baranaskas 18 "Vinegar is an excellent solvent and it is this very property which makes it such a wonderful disinfectant, antiseptic and preservative."
Negros Occidental Sandra Inez Seifert 25 "Break the habit of using your car every time you go out. If the destination is nearby, use bike instead."
Olongapo Angelee Claudett delos Reyes 21 "Always unplug unused appliances because they continue electricity consumption even on standby mode."
Misamis Occidental Wendie Olape 24 "Patronize garage sales by either holding one or buying from them. It's a great way to recycle."
Pagsanjan Alexandra Santos 18 "Turn off lights when not needed. It will help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases."
Palawan Christine Barby Loreno 20 "Wear T-shirts with environmental slogans and promote social consciousness."
Pasay Karryl Ann Lopez 21 "Old jars don't belong to trash bins because they can be reused as containers or house decor."
Passi City Jo-nah Belle Capuy 18 "Worn-out plastic containers can be utilized as garden pots."
Puerto Princesa Maria Theresa Arzaga 21 "Start an eco-project in your community by telling environment-themed stories to kids."
Quezon City Patricia Marie Tumulak 21 "Wash your car and save gallons of water at the same time by using a pail instead of a water hose."
Romblon Reina Cuneta 22 "Research and learn to be aware of our environment."
Nueva Ecija Carriza Senoc 18 "Unplug all appliances when you're not using them. Leaving appliances on standby still uses energy."
San Juan Patricia Mae Sta. Rosa 18 "Use placards to provide visual aids in campaigning for a cleaner environment."
San Pedro City Maria Melissa Lim 25 "Plants greatly reduce toxic elements in the air. An indoor plant can remove 87% of toxic indoor air within 24 hours."
Santa Rosa City Carl Crystle delos Reyes 19 "Trees absorb carbon dioxide minimize the effects of global warming."
Sorsogon Kathleen Jebulan 23 "Instead of bagging cut grass, they can be left on the lawn to rot. This will decompose and contribute to soil enrichment."
Sydney Catherine Loyola 23 "Dripping faucets waste water and energy-repair all leaks promptly."
Tarlac City Evangeline Mae Castillo 25 "Empty wine bottles can make interesting indoor accents."
United States West Coast (Fil.) Charmaine Chiong 24 "Keep reflector pans beneath stove top cooking elements clean and shiny to reflect heat upward. Also keep pan bottoms clean to absorb heat more efficiency."
Victorias Grezilda 'Adie' Adelantar 21 "Being kind to animals means being kind to the environment as well."


# Judge Background
1 Cindy Ejercito Beauty queen: winner of 1987 Miss Model of the World (Turkey edition) and 1988 Mutya ng Pilipinas, chairman of the board of judges of Miss Philippines Earth 2009
2 Marlo Mendoza Environmental advocate, chairman of Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources
3 Jake Macapagal International stage actor and television actor
4 Ginger Conejero Miss Philippines Air 2006, TV Patrol World Star Patrol patroller
5 Hong Jin General Manager of Korean Air
6 Precious Lara Quigaman Fashion model, television host, actress, and beauty queen; she won the Binibining Pilipinas 2005 as representative to the Miss International and eventually, she won the Miss International 2005. She is also the founder of Turismo Filipina Charities.
7 John Cenica Cosmetic surgeon and president of Jancen Cosmetic Surgery Company
8 Rowena Jamaji International businesswoman based in Dubai
9 Graciano Yumul Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology
10 Amina Aranaz Model, journalist/columnist, apparel designer, and president of Philippine School of Fashion and Arts.
11 Erwin Genuino Environmentalist, lawyer, and president of Trace College in the Philippines.
12 Leandro Enriquez Founder of Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Asia Pacific International beauty pageants and president and chief executive officer of Sulo Hotel

Environmental activitiesEdit

Date Activity Details
March 21, 2009 Grand March versus Illegal Drugs Twelve of the official 50 candidates of Miss Philippines Earth 2009 participated in the Grand March versus Illegal Drugs, which was held along Roxas Boulevard, Philippines.[10] The President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led the march which started from the Cultural Center of the Philippines and proceeded to Rajah Sulayman Park and eventually to the Quirino Grandstand to complete the 2.5 km. trek.[11] The event was recorded in the Guinness World Records as the “Largest March Against Illegal Drugs.”[12][13]
March 28, 2009 Earth Hour 2009 Eleven of the official candidates of Miss Philippines 2009 along with 2 reigning Miss Philippines winners, Miss Philippines Air Marie Razel Eguia and Miss Philippines Water Marian Michelle Oblea attended the press conference of Earth Hour that took place at the Bonifacio High Street at The Fort, Taguig, Metro Manila.[14] Nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries took part in the Earth Hour, an effort to call attention to climate change.[15][16] The Philippines topped the Earth Hour 2009 participation as 647 cities and towns or over 15 million Filipinos were estimated to have participated according to the World Wildlife Fund, which sponsored the event and called on cities to dim nonessential lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.[17]
March 31, 2009 Climate Change 101 The delegates of Miss Philippines-Earth attended a workshop-seminar called "A Climate Change 101" by the Miss Earth Foundation's Executive Director, Catherine Untalan at the Carousel Gardens.[18]
April 3, 2009 Rags 2 Riches The delegates went on an "I love My Planet Community Tour" and learned more about the story behind the success of "Rags2Riches" who does not only help minimize the garbage problem but also uplifts the quality of lives of the women in Payatas. "Rags 2 Riches" gave the talk in the School of Fashion, which include fashionable bags made of garment discards.[18]
April 14, 2009 Green Lifestyle An environmental seminar held at the Eco-Academy Multi-Purpose Hall of the La Mesa Eco-Park, where the delegates learned on how to live the "Green Lifestyle" which conducted by Gawad Kalinga and Human Heart Nature, a line of 100% chemical free, 100% Philippine ingredients and 100% organic personal care products. Another seminar-workshop with Bangon Kalikasan Movement conducted about Solid Waste Management based on the almost decade old law, Republic Act of the Philippines 9003. The delegates brought their own reusable utensils and refillable water bottles to realize how they can minimize their waste with simple acts. Sustainable Energy Development Program and the United States Agency for International Development facilitated fun-filled activities for the 50 candidates.[18]
April 15, 2009 Stop Car Fumes The delegates led the delegation of Makati for the annual "Tigil Buga Movement" or "Stop Car Fumes." On its 3rd year, participants asked the motorists along Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas to shut off their engines for 5 minutes, 4 minutes longer than the traditional 1-minute shut-off. Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry and her Philippine court entertained the kids afterwards with a storytelling session of the story, Bakawan. This is in partnership with the City Government of Makati.[18]
April 17, 2009 Clean and Green KILUS Foundation in Ugong, Pasig was the destination of the delegates for its "2nd I Love My Planet Earth Community Tour." The delegates toured around the cleanest, greenest, and most progressive barangay in the said city. The delegates also had the chance to witness how doy packs were transformed into beautiful bags by the women of the community.[18]
April 18, 2009 Earth Day Activities A group of delegates also participated in the different Earth Day Activities of the People Management Association of the Philippines at the Quezon Memorial Circle for the "3rd I Love My Planet Earth Community Tour." The tour was continued in Mandaluyong on its 4th stop on April 20, 2009.[18]
April 19, 2009 Tour of the Fireflies The Miss Earth Foundation conducted a 40 kilometer bike ride, entitled, "Tour of the Fireflies 2009." The delegates bring out their bikes to campaign for clean air and healthy lifestyle.[18]
April 22, 2009 Pollution-free Motorcade A clean air campaign by Miss Earth Foundation together with Green Independent Power Producers, leaders of the Electric Jeepneys have a pollution-free motorcade to jumpstart the Earth Day celebration from the Mall of Asia to Quezon City Circle. It aimed to call the attention of the public to switch to cleaner transportation alternatives and technologies. The Miss Earth Foundation and Miss Philippines Earth 2009 delegates also participated in the activities spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the afternoon. Candidates and reigning queens visited the Echo Store at 4pm in Serendra, Taguig to learn more about environmental and social enterprises and organic products available in the market for the "5th I Love My Planet Earth Community Tour."[18]
April 23, 2009 Fluvial Parade The delegates left the Metropolitan Manila to visit the Municipality of Hagonoy for several activities that included a "Fluvial Parade" and Memorandum of Agreement for the planting of 2,000 mangrove seedlings in the place.[18]
April 24–28, 2009 Smokey Mountain The delegates will tour at Bahay Toro, Quezon City and on April 28, at Smokey Mountain with the supervision of environmental priest, Fr. Ben Beltran who is the instrumental in the construction of the Eco-Church in the said area.[18]
April 29, 2009 Going Back to Traditional Bag Campaign "Magbalik Bayong Campaign" or "Going Back to Traditional Bag" was launched in Cainta, Rizal on April 29 for a Market Tour to promote the campaign of the use of "bayong." Bayong is simple woven flat basket or bag made of buri, bamboo, or rattan strips.[18]
April 30, 2009 Bakawan The delegates visited the Gawad Kalinga Village in Taguig for storytelling session of Bakawan with the children.[18] Bakawan is a pro-environment book, written by Catherine Untalan, Executive Director of Miss Earth Foundation and Reena Sarmiento, Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2006. The book aimed to teach children about taking care of the environment, particularly the importance of bakawan or mangroves.[19]

2009 Lil' Earth AngelsEdit

Miss Lil' Earth Angels 2009 is the third edition of Miss Lil' Earth Angels pageant, the younger version of the Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant. The finale of Miss Lil' Earth Angels for 2009 was held at the Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City, Philippines on April 24, 2009.[20]


Final Results Contestant
Lil' Earth Angel Ivy Yvon Vibandor
Lil' Earth Angel-Air Jackieleen Crisostomo
Lil' Earth Angel-Water Maria Carmen Solis
Lil' Earth Angel-Fire Carla Tobias
Lil' Earth Angel-Eco Tourism Atascha Chloe Mercado
Lil' Earth Angel-Beauty for a Cause Zara Chanel Arguelles


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