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14 nov. 2011

Thailand quits as Miss Earth 2011 host

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The culprit is the massive floods that have been devastating Thailand since July, now reaching its capital, Bangkok, so the 2011 Miss Earth contest scheduled there from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3 has to be moved back to the Philippines, the contest’s home base.


According to Funfare’s “other beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas, this was confirmed by Lorraine Schuck, executive vice president of Carousel Productions, in a letter to all contestants and directors:


Wrote Schuck:


“We have tried to remain optimistic about the situation in Thailand but day after day, the flood continues to engulf more portions of the country including its capital, Bangkok, where Miss Earth 2011 is scheduled to be held. Factories are shutting down and millions have been displaced from their work and homes. We understand and sympathize with the unfortunate and difficult situation Bangkok is undergoing especially after the Thai government recently declared indefinite holidays for everyone’s safety. Thai officials estimate it might take four to six weeks for the floods to recede and recovery could take months, if not years.


“To continue to hold Miss Earth in Bangkok would be very insensitive and irresponsible on our part. Accordingly, we have decided to change the venue of Miss Earth 2011 from Bangkok to where it all started: the Philippines. We are at this very moment planning and lining up meaningful activities for you that will be true to our mission as beauties for a cause. In our workshops, we shall discuss these natural calamities and what we can do to control their effects on our respective countries.”
Ronnie Liang at Universal Studios


The announcement of Thailand as host of Miss Earth 2011 took place last June during the coronation of Miss Philippines-Earth. Originally scheduled to take place in Pattaya, the contest was moved to Bangkok where it would have been held at the Impact Arena.


The coronation of Miss Earth 2011 will take place at the University of the Philippines Theater on Saturday, Dec. 3, and will be telecast over ABS-CBN on Sunday, Dec. 4. Reigning Miss Earth is Nicole Faria of India.


“Miss Earth 2012 will be held in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam, in Dec. 2012,” said Celso.

fuente: philstar.com

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