Miss Earth 2009 Titlecard

Larissa Ramos, a biology student from Brazil, was recently crowned as Miss Earth 2009. She took home the $20,000 (equivalent to 1 million Philippine pesos, US $=Php50) cash prize, and she is the first woman to receive the newly designed crown worth $100,000 (equivalent to P5,000,000). The beauty pageant was held at the Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, Boracay, Aklan, Philippines on November 22, 2009. Sandra Seifert (Philippines) was crowned Miss Air as the first runner-up, Jessica Barboza of Venezuela as Miss Water (second runner-up), and Alejandra Echevarria of Spain as Miss Fire (third runner up). Seifert also won three special awards: Best in Swimsuit, Best in Long Gown, and Miss Jubilee Presidents' Foundation. Echevarria was awarded with Miss Discovery Suites Award and Miss Gandang Ricky Reyes Award.

Other special awards are the following:

Best in National Costume Evelyne Almasi (Tanzania)
Best in Eco-Bag Design Wear Tereza Budková (Czech Republic)
Best in Eco-Design Wear Jenaae Jackson (Jamaica)
Best in Use of Indigenous Products Wear Suada Saliu (Albania)
Miss Talent Niuriki Teremate (Tahiti)
Miss Photogenic Tereza Budková (Czech Republic)
Miss Friendship Graziella Rogers (Switzerland)
Miss Asei Park Ye-ju (Korea)
Miss Perwoll Jessica Barboza (Venezuela)
Miss AVSCOR Mariel Garcia (Dominican Republic)
Miss Eagle Express Park Ye-ju (Korea)
Miss Fontana Resort Yan Xu (China)
Miss Golden Sunset Resort & Spa Jamillette Gaxiola (Cuba)
Miss HDR Management Izabela Wilczek (Poland)
Pasigandahan Award Maria Luisa Santos (Guam)
Placenta Award Dignelis Jiménez (Puerto Rico)

"I come from a country that has the largest rainforest in the world, and it is also known as the 'lungs of the world.' But we cannot just say that we are the 'lungs of the world' because my country produces a lot of air pollution as well." said Larissa Ramos of Brazil, Miss Earth 2009 when she was tasked to share her views on the picture shown to her.

Sandra Seifert of the Philippines, on the other hand, said “We are the root of all these problems. But the good news is, we are also the solution. We can make the change now. Now is the time for leaders to be born. Let us embrace this mission, and become creative in solving our problems.”

The explanation of Seifert is very, very intelligent, isn't it?

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