Guam - More than two dozen ladies competed for the Miss Earth Guam crown last night and not one but two ladies took the crown. This year was special as not only was Miss Earth Guam 2012 crowned to Nimitz Hill resident Sarah Filush, but also first runner-up Barrigada resident Katarina Casem Martinez was crowned Miss Earth Guam 2013.
Less than 24 hours after winning the crowns, both ladies along with several other finalists were on hand to plant trees at Government House with Governor Eddie Calvo and First Lady Christine Calvo. "It's an amazing, amazing feeling to be an ambassador to my home and island and I'm so excited," said Filush. Martinez added, "I want to bring it for Guam, and I want to bring that crown home and I hope that I represent Guam in the best way I can."
The ladies however, have been keeping themselves busy by volunteering and promoting the going green lifestyle through cleanups along with bringing awareness to the environmental issues facing our island. After presenting their native costumes, swimsuits and evening gowns, the finalists proceeded to answering questions about our island, culture, beauty and of course the environment.
However it was this final question and answer that won Filush the crown: "With so many people and organizations using social media to advocate a cause or call for action, how would you as miss earth guam use social media to promote environmental sustainable behavior?"
She said, "Social media is a powerful and useful tool in spreading information and how I would utilize that tool would be by promoting recycling, teaching our community the easy and different ways to go green and lastly just spreading awareness on our islands environmental issues."
However, they say change begins with you and doesn't necessarily require a crown or title. '"I don't feel that beauty for a cause is just a concept it's a lifestyle, so even with or without the crown, it's just good to get involved because it's our responsibility as a community because we have to leave something beautiful for our generation," said Martinez.
Filush meanwhile was awarded the Best in Native Costume, Evening Wear and Most Photogenic. She will compete in the international pageant in Indonesia in October this year.