Miss MARIBOJOC, BOHOL

GEA CAROLINE GABAISEN

Age: 19
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Measurements: 35 inches - 25 inches - 35 inches
Occupation/Education: Nursing Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My childhood was an exciting one. I always had “the best of both worlds”. I live in Maribojoc, a town in Bohol that is located near the sea. I remember vividly going to our town’s port, eating snacks by the sea with my parents and feeling the sea breeze hit us. We would sometimes have picnic dinners there and watch the starry night sky. We would also travel to my mom’s hometown in Balilihan, a rural town. I had a lot of cousins close to my age and I remember we would play “dakpanay” or catch around my grandmother’s fields, climbed up on coconut trees and enjoy my grandmother’s specialties. I was blessed enough to live away from the city and grew up with all the beautiful memories I have being surrounded by nature.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
A lesson that I learned in my childhood/growing years that I am practicing now in my life is to be more kind. I have been subjected to different types of rudeness that had greatly affected my self-esteem. There was a time in my teenage years where I put a halt to everything I was passionate about because I didn’t feel like I was good enough. I learned the hard way how impactful words can be to a person. That is why I always do my best to be a kind person because we never know what anyone is going through. It doesn’t cost much to be a kinder individual.

Most memorable moment:
One of my most memorable moments was when I joined a local singing talent competition in our province. I remember being very anxious and had second thoughts joining because it was a big radio station that hosted that contest and it was the very first time that I joined a provincial singing competition. I was very scared of failure. I remember how my mother pushed me into joining, so I did.

To put the story short, I ended up winning the singing competition. I saw how a lot of people were cheering on me and I saw that they really believed in me, more than I believed in myself. This happened in 2019, and ever since that moment, I learned to believe in myself more.


Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2021 not because of the title and the perks that come with it, but because I want to talk about certain topics that aren’t usually brought to light. I want to have a platform that I can use to amplify my ideals and my advocacies. I want to be able to be of service to the people and to the Earth.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy is called “Handa sa Kalamidad“ and it is centered on creating a disaster preparedness program in a form of securing safe and convenient evacuation centers. Our country is prone to natural disasters and I have seen the different effects that these calamities bring. I chose this advocacy because I believe that it is always important that we are prepared, especially in our helpless moments.