Miss Earth 2006

Miss Earth 2006
Miss Earth 2006 and her court (Fire, Earth, Air and Water)
DateNovember 26, 2006
EntertainmentChristian Bautista
VenueNational Museum, Manila, Philippines
WinnerHil Hernández
CongenialityMaria Lucia Leo
Best National CostumeMililani Vienna Tofa
PhotogenicRiza Santos
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Miss Earth 2006, the 6th edition of the Miss Earth pageant, was held on November 26, 2006, at the grounds of the National Museum in Manila, Philippines. The pageant was won by Hil Hernández of Chile and crowned by outgoing titleholder, Miss Earth 2005, Alexandra Braun.[1]

The event was originally intended to be held in Santiago, Chile on 15 November, and would be the first Miss Earth pageant outside of the Philippines and as well in Asia, but the Chilean organizers did not meet requirements.[2][3] In the end, pageant owners Carousel Productions decided to hold the pageant in the Philippines, where all previous Miss Earth pageants had been held, despite having less than two months to prepare for the event.[4]

More than 100 contestants were expected to compete, but only 82 eventually participated. Nevertheless, it was still the highest turn-out for the event.[1]

On 24 November, a number of delegates participated in the Philippine version of Deal or No Deal, acting as suitcase models during the game.[2] This followed an episode of the American game show, where 26 Miss USA 2006 contestants acted as suitcase models.[5]


National Museum of the Philippines, the venue for Miss Earth 2006
Countries and territories which sent delegates and results
Hil Hernández


Final results Contestant
Miss Earth 2006
Miss Air (1st Runner-up)
Miss Water (2nd Runner-up)
Miss Fire (3rd Runner-up)
Top 8
Top 16

Special awards

Miss Earth 2006 Award winners: China (Talent), Canada (Photogenic), India (Evening Gown), Venezuela (Swimsuit), Samoa (National Costume), and Italy (Friendship)
Awards Contestant
Miss Photogenic  CanadaRiza Santos
Best in National Costume  Samoa – Mililani Vienna Tofa
Miss Friendship  Italy – Maria Lucia Leo
Miss Fontana  CanadaRiza Santos
Miss Talent  China – Zhou Mengting (Winner)
 VietnamVũ Nguyễn Hà Anh (2nd Place)
Best in Swimsuit  VenezuelaMarianne Puglia
Best in Long Gown  IndiaAmruta Patki

Order of announcements

Winning answer

Final Question in Miss Earth 2006: "What effort must the country's government exert to stop global warming?"

Answer of Miss Earth 2006: "We have to educate the people on global warming. We should help them to control pollution, create global consciousness. Bigger industries are involved here. You run the economy, now it is your turn to take care of Mother Earth". – Hil Hernández, represented Chile.[6]


The following is the list of the board of judges in this year's Miss Earth:[7]

No. Judge Background
1 Abbygale Arenas Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1997, Top Fashion Model, Personality/Image Consultant
2 Catherine Constantinides Environmentalist and TV host of a Lifestyle show in South Africa
3 Tweety de Leon Top Fashion Model
4 Justine Gabionza Miss Tourism Queen International 2006 from Philippines
5 Michel Adam Lisowski Founder & Chairperson of Fashion TV
6 Warner Manning Environmentalist, Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
7 Andrea Mastellone general manager, Traders Hotel Manila
8 Jose Ramon Olives Journalist, Senior Vice President of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
9 Dorian Peña Professional basketball player for the San Miguel Brewery
10 Ricky Reyes Beauty Expert-Cum-Philanthropist
11 Tatsuhiko Takahasi Philanthropist, President of Richmonde Hotel
12 Lee Chul-woo Korean Air Regional Manager for the Philippines

Preliminary events

Delegates of the Miss Earth 2006 during the Press Presentation


The delegates were divided into three groups which simultaneously competed in the swimsuit preliminary competition in three different locations: Trace Aquatic Sports Complex in Los Baños, Laguna, Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas and in Coron, Palawan. The competition was held on 12 November 2006.

The finalists from the Laguna group were: Jessica Anne Jordan (Bolivia), Francys Sudnicka (Poland), Patra Rungratansunthorn (Thailand), Amanda Pennekamp (USA), Marianne Puglia (Venezuela)

The finalists from the Batangas group were: Ana Quinot (Brazil), Riza Santos (Canada), Anne-Charlotte Triplet (France), Paloma Navarro (Paraguay), Richa Adhia (Tanzania)

Rounding off the top 15 finalists were the finalists who were selected from the third group in Coron, Palawan: Catherine Gregg (Guatemala), Catherine Untalan (Philippines), Cathy Daniel (Saint Lucia), Raimata Agnieray (Tahiti), Karina Kharchynska (Ukraine)

The 15 finalists then competed in the Final Swimsuit Competition, held on 18 November at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Field, Pampanga. From the 15 finalists, Marianne Puglia of Venezuela was awarded Best in Swimsuit.


Riza Santos of Canada competes in the talent competition.

The 2006 talent competition was held on 22 November at the Teatro Marikina, Marikina. 15 of the delegates, chosen in a preliminary competition days before, performed their talents in front of the judges and audience. The semi-finalists were Riza Raquel Santos (Canada), Zhou Mei Ting (China), Kristal Sprock (Curaçao), Nicoline Qvortrup (Denmark), Maria Stahl (Ecuador), Anne-Charlotte Triplet (France), Yelena Setiabudi (Indonesia), Sharon Amador (Nicaragua), Paloma Navarro (Paraguay), Catherine Untalan (Philippines), Nicoleta Motei (Romania), Raimata Agnieray (Tahiti), Tsering Chungtak (Tibet), Nicquell Garland (Turks & Caicos) and Ha Anh Vu (Vietnam). The winner of the competition was Zhou Mei Ting of China. Ha Anh Vu was first runner-up.


List of countries and delegates that participated in Miss Earth 2006:



Notes: England and Wales are technically new as they were represented in the previous years as Great Britain or United Kingdom.



Other notes



  1. ^ a b "Miss Earth 2006". Archived from the original on December 16, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b Palmero, Paul (June 18, 2005). "Pageant History". Pageant Almanac. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2008.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ Yazon, Giovanni Paolo J. (May 20, 2006). "Miss Philippines Earth 2006: Height is might". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
  4. ^ "Miss Chile, Hil Yesenia Hernandez Escobar, Crowned Miss Earth 2006". Retrieved March 18, 2008.
  5. ^ "Special Episode of NBC's "Deal or No Deal" Featuring 26 Miss USA Delegates". Retrieved March 18, 2008.
  6. ^ "Miss Earth 2006: Hil Yesenia Hernandez Escobar". Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2008.
  7. ^ Yazon, Giovanni Paolo J. (November 30, 2006). "Chile's charmer wins Miss Earth crown". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved December 27, 2008.

External links

  • Official website
  • Miss Earth Foundation
  • Miss Earth Foundation Kids' I Love My Planet
  • 2006 Miss Earth Press Presentation Fan Page
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