Miss ROXAS, ORIENTAL MINDORO

MARIE MANANSALA

Age: 19
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 33 inches - 24 inches - 36 inches
Occupation/Education: Senior High School Graduate

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Simple yet in a challenging way. Growing up in a family I was encouraged to learn, read , explore and build my abilities and was taught to be responsible for myself and towards others. They give me love and support in everything I do especially in the things that will make me a better individual.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Enjoy it but with limits. In this stage of life has always been joyous, games , little adventures and innocence. We encountered and learnt many lessons and did not even realized. I think its part of it but for me it's more meaningful if we surround ourselves to the people who will lead us in a right path.

Most memorable moment:
As person who can eat fruits all day, I can say that one of the most memorable moment of my life is when we visit my uncle's fruit farm for the first time. I almost cried because I was surrounded by numerous trees laden with it's ripe fruits. Checked one of the items on my bucket list and indeed one of the amazing days of my life. I wish I could stay there until I eat the last piece of rambutan.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I believe that being Miss Philippines Earth 2021 will be a life changing for me. It is full of opportunities and responsibilities that can make a change not just for me but also give life to my purpose. I know that with Miss Philippines Earth, this will serve as my stepping stone, strength and also a platform to use my voice to encourage, influence and to stand for each and every ambitious like me. I want to show to all that I am not just me. I can do more, I can be more. I am more.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Wings of Change : Preserving natural sanctuaries. Our province of Oriental Mindoro will always surprise you with it's coastal spots and even breathtaking mountain areas. Unfortunately, Mindoro is one of the most severely deforested islands in the country. Only the most rugged portions of the island's central spine has been spared from commercial logging, and the forest is still under pressure. The Mindoro bleeding-heart bird and the black-hooded coucal, are considered critically endangered. My heart bleeds for these species and I strongly believe that with this platform I can help and make a difference for them. These birds have always sung for us every morning, it’s about time to be their voices amidst their outcries.