Karla Henry, 22, was crowned the beauty of Mother Earth
14 November 2008. Karla Henry, 22, of the Philippines, was crowned Miss Earth 2008 at the Expo Amphitheatre in Angeles, Pampanga, in the Philippines on November 9, 2008. Henry beat 84 other contestants from all over the world, succeeding Canada’s Jessica Trisko, Miss Earth 2007. Crowned Miss Philippines-Earth in May, Karla is the first winner ever from the Philippines. The first from Asia.
Miss Earth is a beauty pageant that boasts of an advocacy to save Mother Earth. Contestants competed in the annual beauty competition to promote environmental awareness and each contestant’s respective environmental advocacies in their country.
Miss Tanzania, Miriam Odemba was Miss Earth Air (1st runner-up); Miss Mexico, Abigail Elizalde was Miss Earth Water (2nd runner-up), and Miss Brazil Tatiane Alves won Miss Earth Fire (3rd runner-up).
Rounding up the pageant’s top eight finalists are Mariana Rodriguez (Miss Colombia), Adriana Reveron (Miss Spain), Nasanin Nuri (MIss Switzerland), and Daniela Torrealba (Miss Venezuela).
Miss Earth is described as one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals.
The coronation night was hosted by singer Billy Crawford, Miss Earth 2008 Priscilla Meirelles, and Miss Earth Canada 2006 Riza Santos.
In the final question and answer round, Karla Henry was asked on what she would tell US president-elect Barack Obama about the state of the global environment. Henry responded she would encorage Obama to implement environmental knowledge in the curriculum of shools not just in the US, but also in the Philippines.
“Environmental knowledge is something that all of us must share, but most important 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”, she said.
In early 2008, Karla had joined Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines), with great fan backing. She was, however, snubbed at the semifinal round of the competition. Winners later are sent to compete as country representatives to Miss World and Miss Universe.