Miss MANDALUYONG CITY

RONI MENESES

Age: 26
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 26 inches - 38 inches
Occupation/Education: Clothing Technology Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
These times were actually one of the toughest years of my childhood. I was coping with the separation of my parents. It was very difficult since I only got to see my mom once or twice a year. In order to distract myself, I focused on studying harder which made me a top student — receiving outstanding and excellence awards all throughout. During weekends, I spent time playing outside with my neighbors. Social media and gadgets weren’t as popular back then, and so there was really interaction and quality time amongst my friends. When we have longer free time, my dad, sister, and I would travel and just spend time getting closer and developing a deeper connection with one another. Whenever my mom visited, we would go to our province and spend as much time as we can doing things we could have always done if she didn’t move to the US. It isn’t ideal, but it is something that I will forever be thankful for because i would not be who I am today if I didn’t go through those difficult times of my childhood.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
I learned that sometimes things need to broken in order for them to be fixed. Pain needs to be felt in order to appreciate happiness. Everything happens for a reason; every misfortune leads to a better opportunity. Every rejection pushes us to a greater success.

Most memorable moment:
Winning my first ever pageant — Miss Mandaluyong. Everybody was there; my family, friends, and people I did not know but still chose to support me. It was a moment of great honor, pride, and joy. I proved to myself that I could do it; that I can do anything I put my mind and heart into. It wasn’t much about the title per se, but more on the confidence and assurance I was able to build and give myself, and the inspiration, values, and help I was able to give other people.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2021 because I care about the environment, the animals, the people — I care about the Earth. Winning this title would give me a stronger voice to promote my advocacy and to encourage everyone to start taking actions that would help the earth become better, especially for future generations.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is moving towards a plant-based diet, not only for the health of our bodies, but also for the health and longevity of our planet. I chose this advocacy because it is something that I practice and live by. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost two years now, and I’m hoping to influence and encourage more people to practice mindful eating. Being on a plant-based diet is beneficial to the environment because it lessens pollution, protects animals, and promotes organic farming and care for our natural resources.