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Thursday December 1, 2011

Mexico’s Contestant for Miss Earth Visits Philippines

Mexico’s Contestant for Miss Earth Visits Philippines

Photo: Mexico's Contestant for Miss Earth Visits Philippines

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Casandra Becerra, Mexico’s contestant for the title of Miss Earth, said she feels “at home” in The Philippines, the host country for this year’s 10th edition of the pageant.

“The most incredible thing is that I don’t miss my home much. The Filipinos are very much like Mexicans by being so friendly, smiling so much. Wherever we go, they welcome us with smiles, affection, applause. Not even the food is very different,” the 24-year-old Guadalajara native said.

“Celebrating forests for people” is the slogan for this year’s edition of the Miss Earth competition, which was created a decade ago by the Philippine firm Carousel to raise international awareness about ecology and the effects of climate change.

Becerra prepared an ecological project on green urban terraces to make it to the final phase of the contest.

She said the idea came to her when she was living in Mexico City and “saw that there’s a lot of pollution there due to having so many vehicles. Since this is the year of reforestation, I chose the green terraces because it allows you to use the buildings of a city (for gardens, etc.) in which there’s no more space.”

If she wins the Miss Earth title, Becerra will promote the idea of green rooftops and terraces all over the world.

The winner, to be crowned Saturday in Manila, will receive jewelry worth $25,000 and will become the spokeswoman for the Miss Earth Foundation.