Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 33 inches - 23 inches - 34 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I am an only child. When I was in my early years, my younger sister died prematurely. My Parents then were scared to have another baby after that incident. Growing up, I was close with my parents. And being a probinsyana, I was raised with values and beliefs rooted in the province. Which I am grateful about. Because it molded me to become the woman I am today. Someone who is both compassionate towards other people, and passionate in everything that I believe in.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
The biggest lesson I learned from my childhood years is kindness. Because kindness in all forms is what unites all of us. And being able to spread kindness may it be through charity works, or giving out a helping hand to those in need is essential in our modern world today. I have been given the privilege to witness this in my growing years – how my parents would engage themselves in programs such as Dental and Medical Missions to giving groceries to the indigenous tribes here in Pampanga. In a child’s eyes – is the greatest example of kindness I would be able to take with me as I grow up.
Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment is when I flew to Australia and excitedly went there to scuba dive and witness the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest living coral reef in the world which supports the vast biodiversity of marine life. But then I didn’t push through with it because when I got there, I learned that the Great Barrier Reef is already dying – actually more than half of it is dead already. Mainly because of human activities such as coral bleaching and tourism. That experience opened my eyes to the environmental problems most people turn a blind eye to.
It has to be my most memorable moment because it was my turning point. From a normal carefree individual that I used to be to the environmental enthusiast that I am now. From then on, I have made it my personal goal to do something for the environment the best way that I can.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is Ecopreneurship. Ecopreneurship is when a business either solves an environmental problem or operates sustainably. If we can encourage more businesses both big or small to change their ways of procuring, manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of their products to a more eco-responsible way – then we would be able to see a more eco-responsible economy. This in turn would be giving the consumers more chances of patronizing eco-friendly products and use them in their everyday lives.
I chose this advocacy because I am an Ecopreneur myself. Ecopreneurship is very close to my heart. I co-founded 2 businesses that are practicing this kind of thinking. Ecourier and Ecowash. Ecourier is a courier service that employs bikers instead of other carbon-emitted vehicles making the transport of products more sustainable. And Ecowash, a car wash in a bottle, aims to conserve water by cutting down the water used in every single car wash from 90 gallons to 50 liters. These little initiatives of mine are my simple ways to help the environment. I know that it may not be as big as the other companies, but it already is the first step to a greener and cleaner economy.
My long-term goal is to see our modern economy thriving with Green Businesses. Because if we increase the supply of sustainable and ecoresonsible products in the market, then the demand from the people would soon follow. And collectively reverse whatever damage our industrial age and modern-day technology have done to the Earth.