Miss ESPERANZA, SULTAN KUDARAT

AMIRA ALISHA QAMHAWE

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 25 inches - 34 inches
Occupation/Education: BS Public Health Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My mom is a single mother. When I was born, she decided to pursue her studies in nursing in order to provide for me. When she started working as a nurse in a local hospital, she often brought me with her to the hospital. There were nights when I had to sleep in an empty hospital room since my mother was on duty that night. I am an only child, but I grew up with lots of cousins, so I never felt alone. I was an underdog during the first few years of elementary school, but I persevered and graduated with the Class Salutatorian of my elementary class.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Since my mom had to juggle work and raising me, I had to learn to early on to take care of myself on my own. I learned to be independent, and to work hard for things that I wanted to get out of life.

Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment is meeting my papa for the first time. I was around four years old then. I was a child then, and I probably weren’t aware of everything that was happening, but I can still remember clearly seeing my father for the first time as he exited the Davao International Airport.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
The world is now experiencing the effects of climate change- from stronger typhoons, to rising sea levels, and, now, unbearably high daily temperatures. Climate change is a threat to both humans and other species, and should be addressed with great urgency. I, as a steward of our beloved plant, want to do my fair share in saving it. I believe that as an advocate of the environment, Miss Philippines Earth will give me the right platform to forward my advocacy on forest conservation- a very vital instrument in decreasing carbon emissions, protecting wildlife, and promoting sustainability.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy is on forest conservation. The Earth is not only home to humans. It is also home to a diverse number of flora and fauna. However, our unsustainable practices have resulted to a worsening in the state of our environment, especially on our forests. Many mountains are now bare of any greenery. A multitude of trees have been cut down which have resulted to the destruction of lush forests, and, as a result, loss of precious diversity. The loss of our forests is also a setback in our fight against climate change, as trees are major tools in absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As stewards of the planet, it is our job to not only secure our future, but to also ensure that other organisms are conserved and protected in a sustainable coexistence. While economic growth is important, we should never chase it at the expense of the future of our planet Earth.