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Naga to host Miss Earth Int’l

ALL SET. Former CamSur Provincial Board Member Carlo Batalla (right, in black jacket) of Carousel Productions has formally announced the holding of the 2019 Miss Earth International Coronation Night in Naga City during the press conference and MOA signing with Mayor Nelson Legacion at City Hall Wednesday morning. Also on hand to act as witnesses are City Councilors Sonny Ranola and Joe Perez. BICOL MAIL PHOTO

NAGA CITY --- Would multi-talented Fil-Am singer and dancer Bruno Mars be coming to this city to serenade the Miss Earth International 2019 candidates during the coronation night to be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum here on October 26?

This was hinted by Atty. Luisito Tongson, Jr., one of the event organizers under Carousel Productions, Inc., owner and organizer of Miss Earth and Miss Earth Philippines.

The 2019 Miss Earth International beauty pageant and coronation night will be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum here in Naga City two months from now.

Although he admitted that the world-renowned R&B and pop singer is not yet 100% sure to come to the pageant, he disclosed that the top brass of Carousel Productions, namely former beauty queens Peachy Veneracion and Lorraine Schuck, are currently in the United States making their best effort to invite Bruno Mars as the pageant’s guest artist.

Born Gene Hernandez to a Puerto Rican father and Filipino mother, the late Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, a former hula dancer, in Hawaii, Bruno Mars is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. He has sold over 200 million singles and 26 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Yesterday, the Carousel Production team headed by former Camarines Sur Provincial Board Member Carlo Batalla and event organizers Atty. Tongson and Architect Louie Domalaon of the United Architects of the Philippines signed the Memorandum of Agreement with Naga City Mayor Nelson S. Legacion designating this city to be the host of the Miss Earth International coronation night at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum on October 26, 2019.

Batalla said they have chosen Naga City as venue because of its coliseum, the biggest dome in South Luzon that can accommodate 10,000 people, with 500 seats for VIP guests. “And because of the city itself that is known for its warm people and strong advocacy for green environment,” he added.

In the press conference held yesterday morning at city hall compound here, Mayor Legacion said Naga City’s hosting of the international beauty pageant is both coincidental and providential as the city is about to launch its “Forests in Our Midst” project. It is a citywide greening program that will plant native and indigenous trees and develop mini-forests in all idle and public lands, parks, and plazas around the city.

Per agreement, the city will be responsible for the renovation of the coliseum (which incidentally is also the venue for the annual Miss Bicolandia Beauty pageant slated on September 11), better ventilation through installation of fans, exhaust fans, air coolers, and upgrading of comfort rooms and other amenities.

About 92 candidates representing 92 countries will be coming to vie for the Miss Earth crown, Batalla said even as he added that they need about 2,000 hotel rooms to accommodate the influx of Manila and foreign guests for the coronation night.

Legacion said all the major hotels in the city will be booked for the candidates and official guests while they may seek accommodation from neighboring cities, such as Legazpi in Albay, should the need arise.

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