Miss MAKILALA, NORTH COTABATO

ARRA RAGO

Age: 20
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 33 inches - 29 inches - 34 inches
Occupation/Education: Psychology Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Back when I was a child, I remembered growing up with an environment where education is really valued. I often stay inside our home and study; I always make sure that I can maintain my grades and be always on the top spot. However, I still manage to enjoy those years because I still can’t forget those amazing experiences I had when I was still at that age.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
The lesson I learned in life while I was growing is to not give up in achieving your dreams. No matter how hard the situation is, I learned to trust the plans of the Lord and believed in my capabilities. I always motivate myself to push harder and chase every opportunity that will lead me to unlock my dreams.

Most memorable moment:
The most memorable moment I had was when I won the beauty pageant title I’ve always wanted. I considered it memorable since I can’t believe I achieved that dream after years of preparing and aiming for it.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2021 because I wanted to become the catalyst of change. The advocacy of this pageant to promote environmental awareness to preserve it for the next generation needs a role model that will serve as their voice and I can be that voice that will empower and influence the youth to preserve our environment. I want to educate them that our lives are connected to where we live and it is our responsibility to preserve and take care of them. That is why I believed that to be the Miss Philippines Earth 2021 can be a huge platform to raise awareness to all the people living on Earth.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
As a mental health advocate my advocacy is #EmpoweredMentalHealthtohaveProgresiveandWealthyEnvironment I firmly believed that if each person is mentally healthy, we can function well and can perform their responsibilities in preserving our environment. Imagine if a person is not mentally healthy, they can be a social burden to others since they are dysfunctional and neglected their environmental duties. That is why, I wanted to advocate the importance of empowering our mental health to be able to have a wealthy environment because if each of us is healthy in mind, we can start to plan actions that will save our environment and will act with perseverance to help in preserving and saving the environment which I consider our home.