Miss Earth 2003

Miss Earth 2003
Date November 9, 2003
Presenters Ariel Ureta
Venue University of the Philippines Theater, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Broadcaster ABS-CBN, The Filipino Channel, Star World
Entrants 57
Placements 10
Debuts Afghanistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, Israel, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia, Sweden, Tahiti, Vietnam
Withdrawals Barbados, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Great Britain, Greece, Nepal, Paraguay, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Yugoslavia
Returns Brazil, Japan, New Zealand
Winner Dania Prince
Congeniality Yodit Getahun
Best National Costume Jessica Doralis Segui †
Photogenic Claudia Cecilia Azaeda

Miss Earth 2003, the third edition of Miss Earth pageant, was held on November 9, 2003 at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City, Philippines.[1][2][3] Fifty-seven delegates from all over the globe participated in the event.[4][5] The pageant was broadcast live via ABS-CBN in the Philippines and to many countries worldwide via Star World, The Filipino Channel and other partner networks.[6][7][8] At the conclusion of the final night of the competition, outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2002, Winfred Omwakwe from Kenya crowned her successor Dania Prince of Honduras.[9] Brazil's Pricila Zandona was selected Miss Air 2003 (first runner-up), Costa Rica's Marianela Zeledon Bolanos was chosen Miss Water 2003 (second runner-up), and Poland's Marta Matyjasik was Miss Fire 2003 (third runner-up).[10] The pageant was hosted by Television show host Ariel Ureta. The candidates were initially presented at the poolside of Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati City on October 22, 2003.[11]

Beauty for a Cause Award was awarded to Vida Samadzai the first Afghan woman to compete in an international beauty pageant in almost three decades, for helping found a US-based women's charity that seeks to raise awareness of women's rights and education in Afghanistan by “symbolizing the newfound confidence, courage and spirit of today’s women and representing the victory of women’s rights and various social, personal and religious struggles”.[12][13]


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results


Final results Contestant
Miss Earth 2003
Miss Earth - Air 2003
  •  Brazil - Priscila Poleselo Zandoná
Miss Earth - Water 2003
  •  Costa Rica - Marianela Zeledón Bolaños
Miss Earth - Fire 2003
  •  Poland - Marta Matyjasik[14]
  •  Cyprus - Krystiana Aristotelou
  •  Guatemala - Marie Claire Palacios Bouefgras
  •  Norway - Fay Larsen
  •  Philippines - Laura Marie Dunlap
  •  Serbia & Montenegro - Katarina Vucetic
  •  Tahiti - Vairupe Pater Huioutu

Special awards

Awards Contestant
Beauty for a Cause  Afghanistan - Vida Samadzai
Miss Friendship  Ethiopia - Yodit Getahun
Miss Photogenic  Bolivia - Claudia Cecilia Azaeda
Miss Talent  Bosnia & Herzegovina - Mirela Bulbulija
Best National Costume  Panama - Jessica Doralis Segui †
Best in Long Gown  Brazil - Priscila Poleselo Zandoná
Best in Swimsuit  France - Jennifer Pichard

Winning answer

Final Question in Miss Earth 2003: "At the end of each rainbow, so the saying goes, is a pot of gold. As a woman of the earth, instead of a pot of gold, what else would you rather find at the end of the rainbow?"

Winning Answer of Miss Earth 2003: "Honestly, there are things that are much more important than gold. For me personally, the most important is the sentiments of the people. To give love and smile to a human being, to be able to give them a hand when needed, to give help to someone who needs your presence, and also God is always with us which is very important. The first thing I think when I open my eyes is heaven. When we have Him in our hearts and mind, everything is better. And I can see people how they really are inside, not if they have gold or not. For me the rainbow means life, God and happiness." - Dania Prince, represented Honduras.[15][16]


The following is the list of the nine-member board of judges of Miss Earth 2003:[15]

No. Judge Background
1 Jose Cayetano da Silva Ambassador of Portugal to the Philippines
2 Evangeline Pascual Miss World 1973 1st runner-up
3 Inno Sotto Premier Fashion Designer
4 Chito Macapagal General Manager of Unilever Philippines
5 Patricia Tancheong Senior Vice President of Air Philippines
6 Chin Chin Gutierrez TIME Magazine 2003 Asian hero
7 Stefan Voogel General Manager of Hotel Intercontinental Manila
8 Paul Lancos Beauty Expert, Vice President of Avon
9 Elisea Gozun Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources


List of countries and delegates that participated in Miss Earth 2003:[17]

  •  Afghanistan - Vida Samadzai
  •  Antigua & Barbuda - Juany Gomez
  •  Argentina - Marisol Pipastrelli
  •  Australia - Shivaune Christina Field
  •  Belgium - Sofie Ydens
  •  Bolivia - Claudia Cecilia Azaeda Melgar
  •  Bosnia & Herzegovina - Mirela Bulbulija
  •  Brazil - Priscila Poleselo Zandoná
  •  Canada - Brooke Elizabeth Johnston
  •  Chile - Carolina Salazar
  •  China - Dong Meixi
  •  Colombia - Emily de Castro Giacometto
  •  Costa Rica - Marianela Zeledón Bolaños
  •  Cyprus - Krystiana Aristotelou
  •  Denmark - Marie Petersen
  •  Dominican Republic - Suanny Frontaán
  •  Ecuador - Isabel Cristina Ontaneda Pinto
  •  Estonia - Kadi Tombak
  •  Ethiopia - Yodit Getahun
  •  Finland - Jenni Suominen
  •  France - Jennifer Pichard
  •  Germany - Jolena Kwasow
  •  Ghana - Ama Amissah Quartey
  •  Gibraltar - Justine Olivero
  •  Guatemala - Marie Claire Palacios Boeufgras
  •  Honduras - Dania Patricia Prince Méndez
  •  Hungary - Aniko Szucs
  •  India - Shwetha Vijay Nair
  •  Israel - Moran Glistron

  •  Japan - Asami Saito
  •  Kenya - Hazel Nzioki
  •  Korea - Oh Yoo-mi
  • United Nations Kosovo - Teuta Hoxha
  •  Lebanon - Mary Georges Hanna
  •  Malaysia - Ying Ying Lee
  •  Mexico - Lorena Irene Velarde Briceño
  •  New Zealand - Katey Ellen Price
  •  Nicaragua - Marynés Argüello César
  •  Nigeria - Eva Ogberor
  •  Norway - Fay Larsen
  •  Panama - Jessica Doralis Segui Barrios †
  •  Peru - Danitza Autero Stanic
  •  Philippines - Laura Marie Mercado Dunlap
  •  Poland - Marta Matyjasik
  •  Puerto Rico - Norelis Ortiz Acosta
  •  Serbia & Montenegro - Katarina Vucetic
  •  Singapore - Adele Koh
  •  Slovenia - Sabina Begovic
  •  South Africa - Catherine Constantinides
  •  Sweden - Caroline Sonath
  •   Switzerland - Catherine Waldenmeyer
  •  Tahiti - Vairupe Pater Huioutu
  •  Thailand - Anongnat Sutthanuch
  •  USA - Jessica Schilling †
  •  Venezuela - Driva Ysabella Cedeño Salazar
  •  Vietnam - Nguyen Ngan Ha



Miss Universe
  • 1998:  Honduras - Dania Prince
  • 2002:  Ecuador - Isabel Ontaneda
  • 2005:  Canada - Brooke Elizabeth Johnston (as  United Kingdom)
Miss World
  • 2001:  Cyprus - Krystiana Aristotelou
  • 2002:  Poland - Marta Matyjasik
Miss International
  • 2002:  Ecuador - Isabel Ontaneda
  • 2003:  Ethiopia - Yodit Getahun
  • 2004:  Poland - Marta Matyjasik
Miss Globe International
  • 2004:  Germany - Jolena Kwasow
Miss Global Beauty Queen
  • 2005:  Germany - Jolena Kwasow (1st runner-up)
Miss Tourism International
  • 2003:  Germany - Jolena Kwasow (Semi-finalist)
Miss Tourism Queen International
  • 2004:  Germany - Jolena Kwasow (1st runner-up)
  • 2004:  Vietnam - Nguyen Ngan Ha (semi-finalist)
  • 2005:  Afghanistan - Vida Samadzai (Miss Personality, as  USA)
  • 2006:  Argentina - Marisol Pipastrelli

Miss Continente Americano
  • 2007:  Bolivia - Claudia Cecilia Azaeda Melgar
Miss América Latina
Miss Atlántico Internacional
Reinado Internacional del Café
Reina Mundial del Banano
  • 2001:  Panama - Jessica Doralis Segui Barrios
Miss Europe
  • 2002:  Norway - Fay Larsen
  • 2003:  Poland - Marta Matyjasik (4th runner-up, Miss Photogenic)
Miss Asia Pacific

Other notes

Further reading


  1. BBC News, Online (2003-10-23). "Afghan beauty queen makes history". BBC World News. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  2. Taranto, James (2003-10-24). "The Wall Street Journal: Good News Watch". The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  3. New York Times, Online News (2003-10-30). "Anti-Pageant Judges". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  4. West, Donald (2007-12-18). "Miss Earth History". Pageantopolis. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  5. Constable, Pamela (2003-10-30). "Pageant Flap Bares Depth Of Tradition For Afghans; Rights Advocates Fear Conservative Backlash". The Washington Post - Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  6. Palmero, Paul (2005-06-18). "Pageant History". Pageant Almanac. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  7. Winters, Rebecca (2003-11-10). "Bod For A Burqa?". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  8. Armitage, Lynn (2003-10-23). "Miss Afghanistan 2003". Afghanland News. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  9. Michigan Daily News, Associated Press (2003-11-10). "Lauded at pageant, woman condemned by Afghan officials". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  10. Fox World News, The Associated Press (2003-11-10). "Miss Afghanistan Takes Prize at Miss Earth Contest". FOX News Network, LLC. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  11. Manongdo, Jenny (23 October 2003). "60 int'l beauties competing for Miss Earth title". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  12. CNN News, Agence France Presse (AFP) (2003-11-10). "Beauty prize for Miss Afghanistan". CNN World News. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  13. The Associated Press, Agencies (2003-10-23). "Miss Afghanistan wins award at Miss Earth". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  14. 1 2 Manongdo, Jenny F. (2003-11-11). "Honduras beauty wins Miss Earth pageant title". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  15. Taken from Water
  16. Soul, John (2003-11-09). "Miss Earth 2003". Woman of the Earth News. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
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