Miss ILOILO CITY

ROCEL ANGELAH SONGANO

Age: 18
Height: 5 feet 6.5 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 24 inches - 36 inches
Occupation/Education: Senior High Scool Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I was drawn to the arts as early as the age of eight. I'd bury my face into the countless journals I'd beg my mother to buy for me, and nothing felt more natural than filling them with drawings, original characters, and stories. All these years spent creating allowed others to perceive me as keen and detail-oriented. And fortunately, I brought this skill into other aspects of my life. Because I appreciate details, I am capable of forming deep and meaningful connections with others. After all, it's the little things that count.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Growing up, I always felt the need to control everything, but with time, I found out that things don’t exactly work out the way you want them to -- and that’s perfectly fine. My early high school years taught me to not sulk in my negative emotions. It took me a while, but I’ve finally understood that it’s normal to have blockages in our flow of energy. It’s normal to feel resistance. What’s important is honoring the contrast of things and allowing it to breathe energy into our lights. Ultimately, things get better.

Most memorable moment:
When I was seven years old, I was an overly energetic child. So one day, I tried to mimic Spider-Man while I climbed the school’s monkey bars. I fell, and as a result, I fractured my arm. Although it may seem odd, I consider this a memorable moment because this is a pivotal point in my life. After that incident, I couldn’t move as much as I wanted to with an arm cast, so I spent my days drawing and painting instead. Ever since then, art has been a significant part of my life.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
When a woman is crowned Miss Philippines Earth, she becomes part and parcel of an organization that empowers women, promotes eco-tourism and aids environmental causes. I am excited for this journey, because being Miss Philippines Earth 2021 would mean openly advocating for the environment through the arts. There’s so much to look forward to that I can’t help but be thrilled to learn more about the Miss Earth organization and, along the way, create meaningful connections with phenomenal and passionate people.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is entitled “Hearth: Home. Earth. Art”, wherein I will be using theater for development to raise awareness and start conversations towards pressing environmental issues. But with the pandemic still hounding us, we’ve moved from staged to screen -- transforming engagements of our advocacy programs within and beyond the digital community. Additionally, I chose this advocacy for two reasons: One, I am an artist, so I feel inclined to amplify Mother Earth’s voice through the arts. Two, art is the key to the heART, because if you want to change people’s minds, you have to change their hearts first.