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Miss Earth 2008
Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry
Miss Earth 2008
Date 9 November 2008
Presenters Billy Crawford, Priscilla Meirelles, Riza Santos
Venue Clark Expo Amphitheater, Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Broadcaster ABS-CBN, Studio 23, The Filipino Channel
Entrants 85
Placements 16
Debuts Bhutan, Congo DR, Guam, Luxembourg, Malta, Rwanda, Scotland, Serbia, South Sudan
Withdrawals Belize, Cameroon, Denmark, Fiji, Guatemala, Iceland, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nepal, Niue, Norway, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Saint Lucia, Tibet, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, US Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Returns Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Kosovo, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Tahiti, Turkey
Winner Karla Henry
 Philippines
Congeniality Andrea Leon Janzso
 Ecuador
Best National Costume Shassia Ubillús
 Panama
Photogenic Karla Henry
 Philippines

Miss Earth 2008, the eighth edition of Miss Earth pageant, was held on 9 November 2008 at the Clark Expo Amphitheater in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines.[1][2] Eighty-five delegates arrived from 19 October 2008 in Philippines. The pageant was broadcast live via ABS-CBN and coverage since on Studio 23 in the Philippines and to many countries worldwide via Star World, The Filipino Channel and other partner networks.[3]

At the conclusion of the final night of the competition, outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2007, Jessica Trisko from Canada crowned her successor Karla Henry from the Philippines.[4] The pageant was hosted by Billy Crawford, international singer and actor from the film Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist,[5] Miss Earth 2004 winner Priscilla Meirelles, and Miss Earth Canada 2006 Riza Santos.[6][7]

Results[edit]

Countries and territories that sent delegates and results

Placements[edit]

Final results Contestant
Miss Earth 2008
Miss Earth – Air 2008
Miss Earth – Water 2008
Miss Earth – Fire 2008
Finalists
Semi-finalists

Special awards[edit]

The following special awards were officially awarded during the grand coronation night:[8]

Awards Contestant
Best in National Costume  PanamaShassia Ubillús
Best in Swimsuit  MexicoAbigail Elizalde
Best in Long Gown  VenezuelaDaniela Torrealba
Miss Friendship  Ecuador – Andrea Leon Janzso
Miss Photogenic  PhilippinesKarla Henry
Miss Earth Designers Award  PhilippinesKarla Henry
Miss Talent  AustraliaRachael Margot Smith

Winning answer[edit]

Final Question in Miss Earth 2008: "If you have the chance to speak to the newly-elected US President Barack Obama about the state of the global environment, what would you tell him?"[9]

Answer of Miss Earth 2008: "What I would tell to the newly elected president of the United States, being one of the most powerful countries in the world, I would encourage him to implement environmental knowledge in the curriculum of all schools whether in the United States or in the Philippines. Environmental knowledge is something that all of us must share, but most importantly we must teach the youth that this is something that we should instill in them so that in the near future they will be the ones to take care of our mother Earth." – Karla Henry, represented Philippines.[9][10]

Judges[edit]

No. Judge Background
1 Lourdes Atienza Philanthropist and Beauty queen
2 Stephan Elsner Fashion designer (Chairperson of the board of directors, Bonprix Italia)
3 Tom Hansen Environmentalist
4 Hong Jin Regional Director, Korean Air
5 Philip Lo Director
6 Lisa Macuja-Elizalde Prima Ballerina (Founder of Ballet Manila)
7 Andrea Mastellone General manager, Traders Hotel Manila
8 Rizalino Navarro Chairperson of Clark Development Corporation
9 Samuel West Stewart Environmentalist (President of Philippines Bio Sciences Company Inc.)
10 Leo Valdez Singer/International musical theatre actor
11 Ping Valencia Image consultant/former top fashion model

Background music[edit]

Preliminary events[edit]

Beauties for a Cause[edit]

The delegates of Miss Earth 2008 explored the different islands of the Philippines with the theme "Green Lifestyle" and promoted the use of recyclable materials as part of our collective lifestyle.[11] In addition, they engaged on different environmental activities including the planting of trees in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Palawan, and Rizal. They also had school tours in Taytay, Rizal, and Metro Manila and taught the children the importance of protecting the environment.[12]

Long gown[edit]

Miss Venezuela, Daniela Torrealba was named Best in Long Gown at the competition held at the PAGCOR, Grand Theatre in the city of Parañaque on 3 November 2008.[12]

Swimsuit[edit]

On 25 October 2008, the delegates were divided into three groups which simultaneously competed in the swimsuit preliminary competition in three different locations:

  1. Sabang Beach Resort in Puerto Princessa, Palawan
  2. Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas
  3. Manila

The 15 finalists in each group then competed in the Final Swimsuit Competition held on 2 November at the Fontana Leisure Park in the Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga. Abigail Elizalde of Mexico emerged as the winner of the Best in Swimsuit.[12]

National costume[edit]

The National Costume competition of Miss Earth 2008 was held on 28 October 2008 at the PAGCOR Grand Theatre in the city of Parañaque. And again minor/sponsor awards were also given at that night.[12]

All of 85 candidates participated in the competition, with Miss Panama winning the coveted Best in National Costume award. Miss Philippines, Karla Henry was unanimously chosen by the members of the press as Miss Photogenic. Minor/sponsor awards were also given at that night.[12]

TV shows[edit]

The girls had their TV guesting on the different shows of ABS-CBN and Studio 23, the official media partner of Carousel Production for Miss Earth 2008. They had gone to Wowowee, ASAP, Deal or No Deal, and The Singing Bee.[12]

Mall tours[edit]

The delegates also had their mall tours and fashion shows in all Robinsons Malls nationwide in order to promote its cause which is to promote the protection of our environment.[12]

Contestants[edit]

Country Contestant Age Height Hometown
 Albania Rudina Suti[13] 23 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Gjirokastër
 Argentina Camila Solórzano Ayusa[14] 18 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Tucumán
 Australia Rachael Margot Smith[15][16][17] 23 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) Perth
 Bahamas Garnell Storr[18] 25 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Musha Cay
 Belgium Debby Gommeren[19][20] 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Antwerp
 Bhutan Tsokye Karchung[21][22] 24 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Thimphu
 Bolivia Carolina Urquiola[23] 23 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) La Paz
 Bosnia & Herzegovina Alisa Zlatarevic[24] 20 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Sarajevo
 Botswana Nametso Ngwako[25] 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Serowe
 Brazil Tatiane Alves[26][27] 24 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Conselheiro Lafaiete
 Canada Denise Garrido[28][29] 21 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Bradford
 China Zhou Yingkun[30][31] 22 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Shandong
 Chinese Taipei Tsai Yin-Yin[32] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Taipei
 Colombia Mariana Rodríguez[33] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Cali
 Costa Rica Wendy Cordero[34] 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Cartago
 Cuba Jessica Silva[35] 18 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Camagüey
 Congo DR Olga Yumba[36] 21 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) Kasai-Oriental
 Congo RO Katissia Kouta[37] 23 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Brazzaville
 Czech Republic Hana Svobodová[38][39] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Zadní Zhořec
 Dominican Republic Diana González Flores[40][41] 18 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) San Francisco de Macorís
 Ecuador Andrea Carolina León[42][43] 20 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Machala
 El Salvador Teresita Gómez[44][45] 23 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) San Salvador
 England Caroline Duffy[46][47][48] 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) York
 Ethiopia Kidan Tesfahun[49] 24 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Addis Ababa
 Finland Minna Nikkila[50] 21 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Tampere
 France Charlotte Lagauzere[51][52][53] 24 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Bayonne
 Georgia Sopiko Svimonishvili[54] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Rustavi
 Germany Dayana Schult[55][56] 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Schwerin
 Ghana Sara Adoley Addo[57] 24 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Accra
 Greece Ria Antoniou[58][59] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Athens
 Guadeloupe Jennifer Desbouiges[60] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Basse-Terre
 Guam Jennifer Neves[61] 26 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Hagatña
 Honduras Kenia Andrade[62][63][64] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Atlántida
 Hungary Krisztina Polgár[65] 21 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Törökszentmiklós
 India Tanvi Vyas[66][67] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Vadodara
 Indonesia Hedhy Kurniati[68][69] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Jakarta
 Israel Lin Mor[70] 18 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Tel Aviv
 Italy Caterina Pasquale[71][72] 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Crotone
 Jamaica Simone Burke[73][74] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) St. Andrew
 Japan Akemi Fukumura[75][76] 26 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Tokyo
 Korea Seo Seol-hee[77][78][79] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Daegu
 Kosovo Yllka Berisha[80][81] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Pristina
 Latvia Anita Baltruna[82] 25 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Jelgava
 Lebanon Pamela Saade[83] 25 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Beirut
 Liberia Marit Woods[84][85] 21 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) Monrovia
 Lithuania Ingrida Kazlauskaite[86][87] 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Kaunas
 Luxembourg Nadia Neves Pereira[88] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Luxembourg
 Macau Qian Wei-Na[89] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Macau
 Malaysia Audrey Ng[90] 23 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Perak
 Malta Maria Galea[91] 18 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Valletta
 Martinique Frédérique Violene Grainville[92] 18 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Fort-de-France
 Mexico Abigail Elizalde[93][94][95] 23 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Torreón
 Netherlands Melanie de Laat[96][97] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Utrecht
 New Zealand Rachel Crofts[98][99] 20 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Manawatu
 Nicaragua Thelma Rodríguez[100][101][102] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Chinandega
 Nigeria Uko Ezinne[103][104][105] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Lagos
 Northern Ireland Gemma Walker[106][107] 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Slievemore
 Pakistan Nosheen Idrees[108][109][110] 22 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) Jhelum
 Panama Shassia Ubillús[111][112][113] 25 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Panama City
 Peru Giuliana Zevallos[114][115][116] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Loreto
 Philippines Karla Henry[117][118] 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Cebu City
 Poland Karolina Filipkowska[119][120] 20 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Łódź
 Romania Ruxandra Popa[121] 21 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Abrud
 Russia Anna Mezentseva[122][123] 23 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Moscow
 Rwanda Cynthia Akazuba[124] 18 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Kigali
 Scotland Courtney St. John[125][126][127] 22 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Glasgow
 Serbia Bojana Traljic[128][129] 18 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Subotica
 Singapore Ivy Leow Kian Peng[130][131][132] 25 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Singapore
 Slovak Republic Martina Tóthová[133][134] 20 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Piešťany
 Slovenia Sara Frančeškin[135][136][137] 18 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) Ljubljana
 South Africa Matapa Maila[138][139][140] 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Limpopo
 South Sudan Nok Nora Duany[141] 18 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Juba
 Spain Adriana Reverón[142][143][144] 23 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Tenerife
 Suriname Priscilla Yhap[145] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Paramaribo
 Sweden Fanny Blomé[146][147] 18 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) Norrköping
  Switzerland Nasanin Nuri[148][149][150] 21 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Teheran
 Tahiti Vahinetua Flaccadori[151][152] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Papeete
 Tanzania Miriam Odemba[153][154][155] 25 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Arusha
 Thailand Piyaporn Deejing[156][157] 19 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Nakhon Ratchasima
 Turkey Demet Karadeniz[158][159] 25 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Ankara
 Turks & Caicos Sessily Pratt[160] 18 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Providenciales
 Uganda Daisy Nabagereka[161][162][163] 22 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Kampala
 USA Jana Murrell[164][165] 26 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Omaha
 Venezuela Daniela Torrealba[166][167][168] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) San Cristóbal
 Wales Jamie Lee Williams[169][170] 22 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Powys

Notes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Returns[edit]

Withdrawals[edit]

Crossovers[edit]

Other notes[edit]

  • Harshita Saxena surrendered her Miss India Earth title, paving way for Tanvi Vyas, who became Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth 2008.[171][172]
  • Debby Gommeren was a replacement of Barbara van den Bussche, the original winner for an unknown reason.
  • Akemi Fukumura (Japan) replaced Mayu Kato, the original contestant for unknown reason.
  • Karla Paula Henry (Philippines) gained too much weight during her reign, which concerned a lot of pageant fans.

Images[edit]

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