CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The heat was on as the candidates of Miss Earth 2017 showed off their lean physique during the swimsuit fashion and resort wear competition held October 24 at the LausGroup Event Centre here.

A beauty pageant staple, the preliminary competition is one of the most exciting activities the pageant hopefuls will participate in, prior to the grand coronation night on November 4.

Over 25 delegates from across the world graced the center stage clad in their stunning two-piece swimsuits and tropical-colored resorts wear.

They were also given the chance to voice out their environmental advocacies during the competition.

The beauty queens, who belong to the Group 1, were part of the 86-candidate entourage vying for one of the most prestigious title in the international arena.

Emerging as the winner and bagging the gold medal was 25-year-old Miss Venezuela Ninoska Vasquez.

Meanwhile, Miss Netherlands Faith Gennevieve Zawadi Landman and Miss Poland Dominika Szymanska both grabbed the silver medal.

It was also a tie for Miss Honduras Valeria Cardona and Miss Wales Sophie Bettridge as they finished off with a bronze medal.

The LausGroup of Companies (LGC), one of the chosen partners of Miss Earth International 2017, then awarded Miss Ecuador Lessie Giler Sanches as Miss Laus Group Lady.

LGC Deputy Chief Operating Officer Lisette Laus-Velasco said LausGroup is privileged to host this year’s pre-pageant event.

“It is such a great honor for us to host the resorts wear competition here at the LausGroup Event Centre. Truly, Miss Earth’s visit here can help enrich our local history and boost our continuous quest for modernization and progress,” she said.

She added that the LausGroup, dubbed as the country’s biggest auto conglomerate, is one with the pageant’s timely causes and worthy endeavors.

“Tonight, we celebrate beauty and of course, the Earth. Two subjects that have never been more relevant in our time. The LausGroup family believes that we only have one planet and we have to preserve it,” she said.

“I commend the Miss Earth pageant and the candidates for their effort to raise awareness about environmental challenges and in the process generate a collective commitment to what we can do to address it,” she added.

Now on its 17th year, Miss Earth continues to build its reputation as a worthwhile beauty competition, whose titleholders work together to help preserve and protect the environment.