Czech wins Miss Earth 2012; PH finishes runner-up

Posted at 11/24/2012 11:11 PM | Updated as of 11/26/2012 11:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Czech delegate to the 12th annual Miss Earth pageant bested 80 international candidates as she was crowned winner in Alabang, Muntinlupa City on Saturday.

Tereza Fajksová of the Czech Republic - Miss Earth 2012

Tereza Fajksová of the Czech Republic was named Miss Earth 2012 at the coronation night held Saturday night at the Versailles Palace.

The Philippines' Stephany Stefanowitz was named Miss Air (1st runner-up); Venezuela's Osmariel Villalobos, Miss Water (2nd runner-up); and Brazil's Camila Brant, Miss Fire (3rd runner-up).

For the pageant's Question and Answer portion, the Top 4 beauties were asked, "What would you consider as your defining moment as a woman?"

Stefanowitz drew applause for pointing to her fight for the conservation and preservation of the environment, as well as her advocacy for renewable energy. At first admitting she did not understand the question (asked in English), Fajksová, meanwhile, answered that it is everyone's duty to protect and respect Mother Earth.

Philippines' Stephany Stefanowitz - Miss Air (1st runner-up)

Miss Earth 2011 Olga Álava of Ecuador awarded the crown to her successor. In turn, an emotional Fajksová took the runway and paraded in her long gown. After falling on her knees from tripping on her gown, Fajksová took no time to stand with aid from her fellow contestant.

Venezuela's Osmariel Villalobos - Miss Water (2nd runner-up)

Delegates from South Africa (Tamerin Jardine), Russia (Natalia Pereverzeva), Nepal (Nagma Shrestha), and the United States of America (Siria Bojorquez), completed the Top 8 finalists.

Brazil's Camila Brant - Miss Fire (3rd runner-up)

Rounding out the victors of the special awards are India's Prachi Mishra for Miss Congeniality; Venezuela's Osmariel Villalobos, Miss Photogenic; and Thailand's Waratthaya Wongchayaporn, Best in National Costume.

ABS-CBN will air the local telecast of Miss Earth 2012 coronation night on Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

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