MISS EARTH 2011 MOVES BACK TO MANILA
In view of the worsening flood situation Bangkok, Thailand is experiencing, Carousel Productions, Inc. (Carousel) has decided to transfer the venue of Miss Earth 2011 from Bangkok, Thailand to Manila, Philippines.
Carousel President Ramon Monzon issued the following statement: “After careful consideration, it is with regret that we have decided to cancel the scheduled Miss Earth 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand and transfer the event to Manila, Philippines even at this late stage. I believe it would have been insensitive and even irresponsible to go ahead with the event in Bangkok at this time considering the calamity that has befallen Bangkok. We informed our Thai Licensee, PD Creations, of this decision and they agreed and accepted the same. We are presently discussing their request to host Miss Earth in 2012 or 2013 in lieu of this year.”
The flooding that has inundated the cities surrounding Bangkok and which is on the verge of overflowing to Thailand’s capital is the worst that the country has experienced in the past 50 years. More than 400 lives have been lost and millions of people have been displaced from their work and homes as a result of this calamity.
Though Carousel is left with less than a month to organize the logistics for hosting the expected 90 candidates in Manila, it never considered the possibility or option of postponing the pageant. With the different natural calamities that have befallen Thailand, Turkey and other parts of the world, more than ever this is the best time to stage Miss Earth to call attention to the pressing environmental problems the world faces.
“Miss Earth 2011 will in fact become more meaningful at this time,” said Lorraine Schuck, Carousel Executive Vice-President. “Through the Miss Earth Foundation, we will have more activities that will increase awareness on the worldwide impact of climate change. The situation in Thailand is an example of what can happen if we do not take the necessary measures to save the environment.”
The 90 or so candidates are expected to arrive in Manila beginning November 17 together with the reigning Miss Earth, Nicole Faria of India. Coronation Night will be on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at the University of the Philippines Theatre in Diliman, Quezon City. The show will be aired live by Star World at 8:00 p.m. while ABS-CBN Channel 2 will air it nationwide on Sunday, December 4 at 10:30 p.m. There will also be a delayed telecast of the show on The Filipino Channel and on the television stations of some participating countries. The pageant will also be shown on TFC at a later date.
NOVEMBER 5, 2011 "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE"