Ninoska Vasquez from Venezuela emerged as the winner in the resorts wear preliminary competition of Miss Earth 2017. This round that included the first group of delegates was held at Laus Event Center in Pampanga, Philippines on October 24.

The resorts wear competition featured the ladies wearing summer-inspired outfits and accessories. The outfits included floral prints, bright colors, and hats as headpieces.

Vasquez works as a psychologist in her country. Though she came from an underprivileged family and her mother worked as a street vendor, she was able to support her family “with a lot of faith in God.”

She currently has won two medals in the pre-pageant activities.

This Venezuelan beauty bagged a silver medal in her group’s swimsuit preliminaries.

“The best thing about my family is that they are hardworking people and we did not have to have a special date to enjoy and put together a good party at my house,” Vasquez said. “Even though I only attend university studies, the members of my family are very intelligent, enterprising and dedicated.”

Medal tally

During the resorts wear competition held in San Fernando in Pampanga, Faith Landman from the Netherlands and Dominika Szymańska from Poland tied in the second place. Honduras’ Valeria Cardona and Wales’ Sophie Bettridge tied in the third place and bagged bronze medals.

Earlier, a long gown preliminary competition was held.

Karla Aponte from Puerto was declared the winner in their group. This marked her second gold medal after also winning first place during the swimsuit round.

Mexico’s delegate Karen Bustos won a silver medal and Vietnam’s representative Le Thi Ha Thu won a bronze medal. During the first group’s talent competition, the winners were contestants from Crimea, Guatemala, and Wales.

Provincial leg

Miss Earth 2017 organizers partnered with the Laus Group Event Centre in Pampanga to host various events such as the resorts wear contest and tree-planting activities, local newspaper SunStar reported. The ladies presented their advocacies for the environment and participated in immersion activities.

The provincial leg kicked off with a tree-planting affair held at the Laus Group Complex as part of the pageant’s advocacy to protect nature.

Some of the ladies planted a native flowering tree and an herbal plant in the venue.

Other recent activities included a courtesy visit to the seat of the Philippines’ executive office at the Malacanang Palace with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. They also visited Masungi Georeserve and a resort in Batangas.