Miss Earth 2006

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Miss Earth 2006
Miss Earth 2006 and her court (Fire, Earth, Air and Water)
Date November 26, 2006
Presenters Ariel Ureta, Priscilla Meirelles, Ginger Conejero
Entertainment Christian Bautista
Venue Philippines National Museum, Manila
Broadcaster ABS-CBN, The Filipino Channel, Star World
Entrants 82
Debuts Botswana, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, England, Georgia, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Liberia, Lithuania, Tibet, Wales
Withdraws Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Latvia, Macau, Mauritius, Mongolia, Niue, Portugal, Tokelau, United Kingdom, Zambia
Returns Albania, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Spain, Switzerland
Winner Hil Hernández
Congeniality Maria Lucia Leo
Best National Costume Mililani Vienna Tofa
Photogenic Riza Santos

Miss Earth 2006, the 6th edition of Miss Earth pageant, took place on November 26, 2006 at the grounds of the National Museum in Manila, Philippines. The pageant was won by Hil Hernández of Chile.[1]

The event was originally intended to be held in Santiago, Chile on November 15, but the Chilean organizers did not meet requirements.[2][3] In the end, pageant owners Carousel Productions decided to hold the pageant in the Philippines, where all previous Miss Earth pageants had been held, despite having less than two months to prepare for the event.[4]

More than 100 contestants were expected to compete, but only 82 eventually participated. Nevertheless, it was still the highest turn-out for the event.[1][5]

On November 24 a number of delegates participated in the Philippine version of Deal or No Deal, acting as suitcase models during the game.[2] This followed an episode of the US game show, where 26 Miss USA 2006 contestant acted as suitcase models.[2]


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results
Hil Hernández


Final results Contestant
Miss Earth 2006
Miss Earth - Air 2006
Miss Earth - Water 2006
Miss Earth - Fire 2006

Special awards[edit]

Miss Earth 2006 Award winners: China (Talent), Canada (Photogenic), India (Long Gown), Venezuela (Swimsuit), Samoa (National Costume), and Italy (Friendship)
Award Contestant
Miss Photogenic  Canada - Riza Santos
Best National Costume  Samoa - Mililani Vienna Tofa
Miss Friendship  Italy - Maria Lucia Leo
Miss Talent  China - Zhou Mengting
Best in Swimsuit  Venezuela - Marianne Puglia
Best in Long Gown  India - Amruta Patki

Winning answer[edit]

Final Question in Miss Earth 2006: "What effort must the country’s government exert to stop global warming?"

Answer of Miss Earth 2006: "We have to educate the people on global warming. We should help them to control pollution, create global consciousness. Bigger industries are involved here. You run the economy, now it is your turn to take care of Mother Earth". - Hil Hernández, represented Chile.[6]


The following is the list of the board of judges in this year's Miss Earth:[7]

No. Judge Background
1 Abbygale Arenas Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1997, Top Fashion Model, Personality/Image Consultant
2 Catherine Constantinides Environmentalist and TV host of a Lifestyle (TV channel) show in South Africa
3 Tweety de Leon Top Fashion Model
4 Justine Gabionza International Beauty Queen
5 Michel Adam Lisowski Founder & Chairperson of Fashion TV
6 Warner Manning Environmentalist, Chief Executive of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
7 Andrea Mastellone General Manager, Traders Hotel Manila
8 Jose Ramon Olives Journalist, Senior Vice President of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
9 Dorian Peña Professional basketball player for the San Miguel Brewery
10 Ricky Reyes Beauty Expert-Cum-Philanthropist
11 Tatsuhiko Takahasi Philanthropist, President of Richmonde Hotel
12 Lee Chul-woo Korean Air Regional Manager for the Philippines

Preliminary events[edit]


The delegates were divided into three groups which simultaneously competed in the swimsuit preliminary competition in three different locations: Trace Aquatic Sports Complex in Los Baños, Laguna, Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas and in Coron, Palawan. The competition was held on November 12, 2006.

The finalists from the Laguna group were: Jessica Anne Jordan (Bolivia), Francys Sudnicka (Poland), Patra Rungratansunthorn (Thailand), Amanda Pennekamp (United States), Marianne Puglia (Venezuela)

The finalists from the Batangas group were: Ana Quinot (Brazil), Riza Santos (Canada), Anne-Charlotte Triplet (France), Paloma Navarro (Paraguay), Richa Adhia (Tanzania)

Rounding off the top 15 finalists were the finalists who were selected from the third group in Coron, Palawan: Catherine Gregg (Guatemala), Catherine Untalan (Philippines), Cathy Daniel (Saint Lucia), Raimata Agnieray (Tahiti), Karina Kharchynska (Ukraine)

The 15 finalists then competed in the Final Swimsuit Competition, held on November 18 at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Field, Pampanga. From the 15 finalists, Marianne Puglia of Venezuela was chosen as Best in Swimsuit.


Riza Santos of Canada competes in the talent competition.

The 2006 talent competition was held on November 22 at the Teatro Marikina, Marikina City. 15 of the delegates, chosen in a preliminary competition days before, performed their talents in front of the judges and audience. The semi-finalists were Riza Raquel Santos (Canada), Zhou Mei Ting (China), Kristal Sprock (Curaçao), Nicoline Qvortrup (Denmark), Maria Stahl (Ecuador), Anne-Charlotte Triplet (France), Yelena Setiabudi (Indonesia), Sharon Amador (Nicaragua), Paloma Navarro (Paraguay), Catherine Untalan (Philippines), Nicoleta Motei (Romania), Raimata Agnieray (Tahiti), Tsering Chungtak (Tibet), Nicquell Garland (Turks and Caicos), and Vu Nguyen Ha Anh (Vietnam). The winner of the competition was Zhou Mei Ting of China.


List of countries and delegates that participated in Miss Earth 2006:[8]



Notes: England and Wales are technically new as they were represented in the previous years as Great Britain or United Kingdom.


Returning countries and territories[edit]


Other notes[edit]

  • Nahed Al-Saghir (Lebanon) died on April 16, 2011, of complications from a severe kidney infection.



  1. ^ a b "Pageantopolis: Miss Earth 2006". Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Palmero, Paul (2005-06-18). "Pageant History". Pageant Almanac. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 
  3. ^ Yazon, Giovanni Paolo J. (2006-05-20). "Miss Philippines Earth 2006: Height is might". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Miss Chile, Hil Yesenia Hernandez Escobar, Crowned Miss Earth 2006". Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Newsline: Road to Miss Earth 2006". Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Miss Earth 2006: Hil Yesenia Hernandez Escobar". Archived from the original on 2008-03-11. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  7. ^ Yazon, Giovanni Paolo J. (2006-11-30). "Chile’s charmer wins Miss Earth crown". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  8. ^ Soul, John (2006-11-26). "Miss Earth 2006". Woman of the Earth News. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 

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