Miss LAPU-LAPU CITY

CLAIRE CODILLA

Age: 26
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 33 inches - 25 inches - 34 inches
Occupation/Education: On Air Radio Talent & Freelance Event Host

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My years growing up were magical. I was raised by my parents who taught me to be strong, independent and fearless to face a world full of adversity and struggles. My grandparents taught me how to appreciate the small things that make up the beauty in life. My sisters taught me to be responsible, selfless and caring. They all taught me the duality of life, the order amidst the chaos, the yin and yang. Nostalgic memories frozen in sepia-colored photographs show me how happy the simple times were, and I can still remember certain moments that made a mark on my character and how I perceive this world to be.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
A lesson from childhood that I carry up to today would be that the most important thing in life is our connection and relationship with those we love - how we should be grateful for everything and everyone we have been blessed with. Only time will tell how long we have left of each other in this fast-paced world. Sometimes we all get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our forged paths that we forget to sit down and talk to those who we didn’t know we needed to before they pass on. Growing up now, I have learned to forgive myself for all the things left unsaid and heal intrinsically. And I always draw from the strength of those experiences every time I face an obstacle.

Most memorable moment:
I would like to open the treasure chest that is the magic of my childhood and transport back to when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I was with my maternal grandparents doing our chores and collecting leaves for “da-ob” (bisaya for bonfire) when I noticed there was a plant that grew out of the cement wall of the ancestral home. It came out of nowhere and for little me to see that there was this beautiful living being growing from the harsh concrete without any soil or even without being watered, I was ecstatic to find this and pointed out, “Lo, tan-awa! (Grandpa, Look) It’s a miracle on the wall”.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2021 because it aligns with my goals in representing the country on an international standard with my purpose and my advocacy. It would be my biggest challenge and my greatest honor to hold my head up high together with all the amazing, empowered women on the international main stage, confidently showing Earth what big talent we have in a small country that is the Philippines. I would like to send the message of sustainable practices that we are executing by donning beautiful zero-waste pieces handcrafted by our brilliant Filipino eco-designers as well as broadcast the many problems that we all face by using my voice and my presence to create wholesome, thought-provoking environmental content that show sustainable initiatives that is being done all over the country and amplify that message on a platform as big and as prestigious as Miss Earth.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is Solid Waste Management. I am fully aware that this is a pretty heavy topic to tackle as the forefront of my message, but I believe that this is what needs to be addressed as early as today because the solution to improper waste management is really simple and it starts at home: segregating trash. I am choosing this advocacy because we need to educate, encourage and empower everyone to do the simplest of things to save our Earth.