Miss Earth hopefuls in Batangas for pre-pageant activities

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Candidates of Miss Earth 2011 arrive at the Hotel Pontefino in Batangas City for the swimwear pre-pageant competition. Video by INQUIRER.net's Matikas Santos

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BATANGAS City, Philippines—Candidates of Miss Earth 2011 arrived here Sunday afternoon at the Pontefino Hotel and Residences in Batangas City for pre-pageant activities later in the evening.
Thirty candidates aboard two coasters arrived at the hotel around 2:30 p.m. for a swimwear fashion show at 7 p.m. and a tree-planting activity on Monday at 6:30 a.m., Pontefino senior vice president for operations Felly Ramos said.

Ramos said that the crown hopefuls will display their best swimwear at the hotel poolside, and will promote their personal environmental advocacy.

Ramos said that Miss Earth candidates from Macau, Japan, and two others will also be showing off their talents in a mini-talent show to entertain hotel officials and guests.

Early Monday, candidates will each plant a Fire Tree at the garden side of the hotel.

MISS EARTH BEAUTIES Seven candidates of the 2011 Miss Earth beauty pageant line up after performing in a swimwear fashion show held at Hotel Pontifino, Batangas City, Sunday night, November 27, 2011. The grand coronation night of the pageant will be held in the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City on December 3. PHOTO BY MATIKAS SANTOS

Pontefino Hotel and Residences is an 8.5-hectare project located at the center of a growing commercial area in Batangas, which is just an hour’s drive away from Manila. It is surrounded by a school, church, hospital and shopping mall.

The hotel is 4-star, with 60 rooms—46 premium and 14 suites—inspired by Neo-Victorian aesthetics.—Jamie Marie Elona

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