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Guam girl Malu waiting for an Island Sunset

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In the heart of the Pacific Ocean, where the sea dances with the shore, and the palm trees sway with the rhythm of the winds, there’s a place called Guam. An island of beauty where the sun and the sea are nature’s canvas. Here, amidst the cerulean waves and golden sands, we find Malu Santos Enriquez, the resplendent Miss Earth Guam of 2009, basking in the pre-sunset glow.

Just imagine, the sky painting a breathtaking spectacle of hues, awaiting the grand arrival of the evening star. Malu, with her delicate white swimsuit mirroring the purity of the foamy waves, is a vision that perfectly complements this picturesque backdrop. You can almost feel the sand beneath your feet, the soft whisper of the sea breeze, the radiant warmth of the sun kissing your skin, as you join her in this tranquil moment of anticipation.

Maria Luisa Santos, affectionately known as Malu, is not just a beauty queen in appearance. She’s a beacon of grace and inner beauty that shines brighter than the most dazzling sunset. Winning the title of Miss Earth Guam in 2009 was no small feat, but Malu’s journey to the crown didn’t stop there. She also claimed the titles of Miss Photogenic, Best in Native Costume, Best in Swimsuit, and Best in Evening Gown. Her journey to the crown was a testament to her unwavering dedication and commitment, a dance of determination and grace.

The Miss Earth Pageant, recognized as one of the three largest international beauty pageants, is not just about physical attractiveness. It’s a platform that encourages its winners to be agents of change, to champion causes close to their hearts, to advocate for a healthier planet. Malu embraced this responsibility with a fervor that was as inspiring as it was impactful.

She used her platform to raise awareness about sustainable living, reminding us that our actions today will echo through generations. For Earth Hour 2009, she rallied her fellow islanders to turn off their lights for an hour, a symbolic gesture showcasing how simple actions can accumulate into a significant impact on our environment.

But Malu’s advocacy didn’t stop at symbolic gestures. She spearheaded the Hagatna Restoration Clean-up, an initiative to reclaim Guam’s capital city from the grips of pollution and neglect. Imagine the transformation – streets free of litter, trees pruned and cared for, a city restored to its former glory. Malu’s actions were a beacon, inspiring others to follow her lead and strive for a better, cleaner world.

When the sun finally set and the sky burst into a myriad of fiery hues, Malu’s radiance was captured in photographs that will forever remind us of this special day. One of these enchanting images is available for you to admire in another post titled “Malu’s Sunset“. It’s more than just a picture; it’s a symbol of Malu’s journey, her dedication to the environment, and the serene beauty of Guam’s sunset.

Photo by Herman Crisostomo


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Herman Crisostomo
Herman Crisostomohttps://guam.com/about/herman-crisostomo
Guam based photographer and filmmaker. Owner of Pacific Pictures Film & Video, Pictures, Inc., and Tribalmoda. Training: BA and BS in Illustrative Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, and an MFA in Film from Art Center, College of Design in Los Angeles. Photography & Cinematography — Produce, Direct, Shoot, Edit TV commercials, Music Videos, Documentaries, Corporate Videos. TV, Print Advertising, Fashion Glamour Model Portfolio Photography/Social Media Marketing Strategies.
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