7 to vie for Miss Earth NMI title

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DESPITE the Covid-19 pandemic, Exquisite Productions Marianas, the organizer of Miss Earth Northern Marianas, will push through with this year’s pageant set for Oct. 24 at Saipan World Resort.

The candidates are Arianne Cabrera, Zoe Stephanson, Jessme Jones, Maria Terlaje, Jaybriana Manalo, Kaitlin Borja and Tawnie Ngeskebei.

“We are still four months away and we are monitoring the situation [on the Covid-19 pandemic],” said Diana Clayton, Exquisite Productions Marianas president. “Our backup plan is to go virtual.”

2019 Miss Earth NMI Leisha Leon Guerrero


She said all the other Miss Earth pageants around the world have also conducted a virtual competition, so she has some ideas on how to do it on Saipan.

If live audience is not possible because of the social distancing directives, Clayton said there will be a limited number of people during the actual pageant —  the candidates and the other people necessary to the event, but the pageant itself will be livestreamed so people can watch it.

Leisha Leon Guerrero won the NMI pageant last year.

The 2020 candidates

Arianne Cabrera decided to join the pageant to help educate the community about sustainable eco-tourism.

Zoe Stephanson said she has always been a strong supporter of Earth programs, including beach cleanups. “My advocacy is to establish a bike clinic in our community, which means that instead of using cars people have the option of using their bikes to go from one place to another. This will reduce greenhouse emissions, air pollution and noise pollution, and also save a lot of gas for cars.”

A registered nurse, Stephanson said her other advocacy is to promote an active lifestyle.

This is Jessme Jones’s second attempt to win the crown. She competed in last year’s pageant. 

Maria Terlaje’s advocacy is to promote “kindness to Mother Earth. I want to advocate love and respect for our islands, and help in implementing preservation and conservation measures to protect our environment,” she said.

Terlaje believes that the pageant is a great platform to inform the community about environmental issues. “Using this platform, I would like to educate and inspire our people, especially our youth. Small actions will make bigger differences,” she added.

Jaybriana Manalo said she joined the pageant to develop her self-confidence.

Kaitlin Borja, for her part, wants to promote environmental awareness. “It has always been my passion, to preserve nature. My advocacy is to have sustainable management of natural resources.”

Tawnie Ngeskebei’s advocacy is to assist and support the public in preserving the beauty and environment of the islands. She also hopes to gain knowledge and experience in her Miss Earth NMI journey.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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