Carousel Productions

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Carousel Productions
Headquarters Manila
Location
President
Mr. Ramon Monzon
Key people
Ms. Lorraine E. Schuck

Carousel Productions Inc. is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Earth and Miss Philippines Earth beauty contests. The annual events are produced in partnership with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. The organization is based in the Philippines.[1]

History[edit]

Carousel Productions organizes the Miss Earth and Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageants annually since 2001.[2] It is based in Manila, Philippines. The production sells national franchise and television rights of the pageants in other countries.[3][4][5] The organization is headed by Ramon Monzon as President and Lorraine E. Schuck as Executive Vice President.[6]

In 2004, Carousel Productions Inc. formed the Miss Earth Foundation to work with the local and international groups and non-governmental organizations that are actively involved in environmental causes. Its campaign focuses in educating the youth in environmental awareness. Its major project "I Love Planet Earth" School Tour, teaches, distribute educational aides for school children as well as "I Will Heal the Earth" Pledge, an environmental check leaflets to remind every individual on eco-responsibility.[7]

Environmental awards[edit]

Loren Legarda Environment Award[edit]

Carousel Productions, Inc. became the recipient of the first Loren Legarda Environment Award for the movie "Project Noel", an environmental advocacy film produced by Carousel Productions[8][9] released through Marcus Phoenix Media Productions and directed by Jon Steffan Ballesteros.[10][11] The award was presented by Senator Loren Legarda during the 59th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Award (FAMAS) awards night on December 10, 2011.[12][13]

The movie was the legacy project of Miss Philippines Earth 2009 winnrer through the Miss Earth Foundation. It is a short environmental advocacy film which aims to spread the value of recycling and love for Mother Earth. In the film, Noel (Jairus Aquino), son of Victor (Jojit Lorenzo), is a scholar of St. James Elementary School. As part of the school finals, they are required to make a Science Project that pertains to "What are the threats to Mother Earth?"[14]

Environmental Heroism Award[edit]

On April 22, 2010, Carousel Productions received an environmental award, the "Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism" specifically for the eco-cultural communications through broadcast category. The Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism is chaired by the Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Carousel Productions was commended for "helping in efforts to strengthen environmental awareness among Filipinos, and fostering environmental preservation and care for Mother Earth, especially in the wake of the dangers being faced by humanity due to global warming and climate change."[15][16][17]

The Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism, a program of the Climate Change Commission, UNESCO, the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts, (NCCA), and the Earth Savers Movement, is named in honor of the late priest-environmentalist and deputized forest ranger killed by suspected illegal loggers in the forests of Bukidnon, Philippines in 1991.[16]

Miss Earth Foundation[edit]

The Miss Earth Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization, which serves as the environmental-social-humanitarian outreach arm of Miss Earth beauty pageant established in 2004. The Miss Earth grand winner travels and works worldwide as spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental groups.[18] Its major project “I Love Planet Earth” School Tour, teaches, distribute educational aides for school children as well as “I Will Heal the Earth” Pledge, an environmental check leaflets to remind every individual on eco-responsibility.[19]

In December 2007, Miss Earth Foundation took part in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali. Miss Earth 2007 Jessica Trisko, Miss Earth 2004 Priscilla Meirelles and Miss Earth Water 2006 Catherine Untalan participated the event from December 5–15 and also took part in various activities like school tours, eco-tourism adventures and environmental orientations. In addition, a "Miss Earth Village", an exhibition booth was put up to showcase the advocacies of the Miss Earth Foundation. The Conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, took place at the Bali International Convention Centre and brought together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media. The two-week period included the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, its subsidiary bodies as well as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol.[20]

UNEP partnership[edit]

The United Nations Environment Programme established Champions of the Earth in 2004 as an annual awards programme to recognize outstanding environmental leaders at a policy level.[21] In 2006, the Miss Earth Foundation began to co-host the event, which usually held in Singapore.[22][23] Mr. Eric Falt, UNEP Director of Communications and Public Information, and Miss Alexandra Braun Waldeck of Venezuela Miss Earth 2005, hosted the Champions of the Earth 2006 gala dinner.[24]

The following year, the Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony was cohosted by Hil Hernández of Chile, Miss Earth 2006.[25][26]

Jessica Trisko of Canada, Miss Earth 2007, cohosted the 2008 awarding ceremony in Singapore on April 22, 2008[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miss Earth International Pageant
  2. ^ ABC News: Miss Earth 2007
  3. ^ Vietnam latest news - Thanh Nien Daily
  4. ^ The Post Online (Cameroon): MTN, Culture Clan Launch Miss Earth Cameroon Contest
  5. ^ Afghanland.com Afghanistan Miss Afghanistan 2003 Vida Samadzai
  6. ^ Miss Earth: Organizers.
  7. ^ Miss Earth Foundation | About Us
  8. ^ Martinez-Belen, Crispin (8 December 2011). "Bong confident 'Panday 2' will be MMFF blockbuster". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  9. ^ News, Philippine Star (13 December 2011). "Ai-Ai, John Lloyd win acting plums at 59th Famas". Philippine Star. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  10. ^ News, ABS-CBN (11 December 2011). "Senator wants more 'green' movies". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  11. ^ News, People's Tonight (12 December 2011). "Make more ‘green’ movies -- Loren". People's Tonight, Journal Online. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Orsal, Noel (7 December 2011). "Nora Aunor will receive Lifetime Achievement Award during the 59th FAMAS Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Belmonte, Maureen Marie (12 December 2011). "'Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote' wins big at 59th FAMAS awards". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  14. ^ News, Visayan Star (3 February 2011). "Green Film Festival set at SM City Bacolod". Visayan Star. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  15. ^ GMA Network, Online News (2010-04-22). "Born to be Wild receives environmental award". GMA Network Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  16. ^ a b Punongbayan, Michael (2010-04-22). "Earth Day award for 'Ondoy' hero". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  17. ^ Lopez de Leon, Angela (2010-04-22). "‘Ondoy’ hero gets environment award". Business Insight Malaya Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  18. ^ The Great Warming - Call To Action - Miss Earth Foundation
  19. ^ Miss Earth Foundation | About Us
  20. ^ The Manila Times Internet Edition | LIFE & TIMES > Miss Earth in the “City of the Gods”
  21. ^ United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Champions of the Earth
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  23. ^ United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Error page
  24. ^ http://www.unep.org/champions/Photo_Gallery/championssingapore/i_default.asp?Frame=Zoom&PicIndex=7
  25. ^ Press Releases April 2007–2007 UNEP Champions of the Earth Awards Make Big Splash at Gala Ceremony in Singapore - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  26. ^ MISS EARTH 2007 | Press Release
  27. ^ Press Releases January 2008 - Climate Change Links 2008 Champions of the Earth Award Winners - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)