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Maina beauty crowned 2010 Miss Earth Guam

HAGÅTÑA —  Naiomie Jean Perez Santos, a 17-year-old resident of Maina, will represent Guam in the 2010 Miss Earth pageant in Vietnam in December.

The Miss Earth Guam 2010 title holders smile before the crowd. Standing from left are Miss Earth Water Leila Ludwig, Miss Earth Air Jaeleen Marie Mesa, Miss Earth Guam Naiomie Jean Perez Santos, and Miss Earth Fire Mindy Kanani Laronal. Photo by Zita TaitanoThe Miss Earth Guam 2010 title holders smile before the crowd. Standing from left are Miss Earth Water Leila Ludwig, Miss Earth Air Jaeleen Marie Mesa, Miss Earth Guam Naiomie Jean Perez Santos, and Miss Earth Fire Mindy Kanani Laronal. Photo by Zita TaitanoThe recent graduate of Notre Dame High School was crowned 2010 Miss Earth Guam during the finals of the pageant held Wednesday night at the Sheraton Laguna Resort and Spa in Tamuning.

She inherited the crown from 2009 Miss Guam Maria Luisa Santos, beating 19 other candidates.

Miss Earth is not the same as other ordinary beauty pageants. This was Naiomie Santos’ response to the final question post to all finalists: “Beauty pageants have often been criticized for their exploitation of women. Do you think this beauty pageant is the same as all others and subject to the criticism? Why or why not?”

“First of all,” Santos said, “we go out in the hot sun and we pick up trash. I think beauty pageants are criticized based on natural beauty but there’s more to it.  It gives us a chance to represent our culture, our beliefs.”

The Miss Earth pageant, she added, is unique because it encourages the contestants to learn more and promote the protection of the environment.

Santos’ victory was predictable as she was the crowd favorite throughout the evening, receiving the biggest round of applause from the moment she got on stage to introduce herself. Besides the main title, Santos also won the competitions for the evening gown, swimsuit and national costume categories.

Crowned Miss Earth Air (first runner-up) was Jaeleen Marie Mesa, 20, of Chalan Pago; Miss Earth Water (second runner-up) went to Leila Ludwig, 19, of Barrigada; and Miss Earth Fire (third runner-up) was Mindy Kanani Laronal, 20, of Mangilao.

Mesa, who won the most photogenic competition, will represent Guam in the Miss Tourism International pageant in China in the fall.

The pageant started off with dance performance from Rasan Acho’ Latte and Miss Earth 2009 Larissa Ramos, of Brazil, who sat on a portable platform being carried by male performers. As she was brought toward the stage, she held the new crown, which was hand-crafted by local artist Frank Matanane, owner of Kiko’s Local Art in the Chamorro Village.

Of the 19 contestants, 10 were selected for the semifinals and eventually down to the four finalists.

There were other winners in other categories such as Miss Friendship, which went to Danielle Dizon, 22, of Mangilao.  The iConnect texters’ choice went to Marlissa Jeanine Cruz Mendoza, 18, of Sinajana.  She would later share the title of Miss Environmental Mayor with Aleshanee San Nicolas Garrido, 18, of Agat.  Miss Eco-Tourism went to Aja Reyes, 26, of Mangilao.