Indonesia's most prestigious beauty pageant, Yayasan Puteri Indonesia, now holds the Miss Earth franchise. This is according to a news report by MetroTVnews [Full Report In Bahasa Indonesia]. The pageant sends its winners to the Miss Universe pageant and the first runner-up to Miss International. With the news franchise, the first runner-up will now go to Miss Earth while the second runner-up to Miss International. The finals this year is set on February 1. The reigning Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo of United States, is currently in Indonesia doing commercials and appearances and is scheduled to grace the finals night of Puteri Indonesia.
The franchise of Miss Earth in Indonesia was under the hands of Mr. Adilwan Astrawinata who organized the Miss Earth Indonesia pageant since 2007. The transfer of the franchise to a much established, better known and more prestigious pageant indicates the growing stature of Miss Earth. Meanwhile, the other Big4 Pageant, Miss World, will remain under the hands of Miss Indonesia pageant which began sending its winners to the pageant since 2006.