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Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Contestants Turn Recyclables into Fashion

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Miss Earth system, the platform focus is very clear: saving our earth. The Miss Philippines Earth pageant has an interesting way to incorporate the global platform into a preliminary competition for its contestants. (Read: 7 Ways to Promote and Develop Your Platform This Summer)

The “Trash-to-Class” competition

This year’s Miss Earth Philippines contestants got to compete in a fun and interesting competition, “Trash-to-Class,” where they turned recyclables into fashion-forward outfits to model. The 40 contestants showed off their creativity and ingenuity in this modeling competition as they used items like paper cups, plastic utensils, rice bags and more.

Each woman could design whatever outfit she wanted, from evening gowns to jumpsuits, and the runway saw everything! The ladies hit the stage at Versailles Palace in Alabang City last Tuesday night to show off their creations. (Read: Miss Earth United States to Model in New York Fashion Week)

Photo: Miss Earth Philippines
Photo: Miss Earth Philippines

At the end of the night, the gold medal went to Celine Mae Pangan for her fantasy-themed evening gown made of rice sacks and plastic cups. The silver medal went to Rheena Mae Ferrer for her jumpsuit made with 6,000 pull tabs from soda cans. Tied for bronze were Marie Sherry Ann Tomes and fan-favorite Klaidel Hope Anderson.

Anderson became a fan-favorite when her designer never showed up with her outfit for the event and was left with only two hours to pull together an outfit. She borrowed pieces from other contestants to pull together something to model on the runway for the evening.  She was able to add her own belt made of plastic wrapper from soft drink bottles.

Photo: Miss Earth Philippines
Photo: Miss Earth Philippines

One of the judges praised her effort after the competition and said her resourcefulness cannot be overstated. Anderson said that she is not angry with the designer and that everything happens for a reason.

Recent controversy

Recently, the contestants also competed in the traditional pageant swimsuit competition but with a twist. All contestants wore veils over their faces during the competition. Pageant organizers said this was to prevent any bias from the judges but many fans critiqued the idea of judging faceless bodies. (Read more: Veiled Faces During the Miss Earth Philippines Swimsuit Competition)

What do you think of this competition? Was it a fun way to showcase ingenuity or was it too stressful? Let us know below!

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