Miss SILAY CITY

RIAH DE OCAMPO

Age: 26
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Measurements: 33 inches - 23 inches - 35 inches
Occupation/Education: Flight Attendant

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I was active in extra-curricular activities like Girl Scouts. One of our activities for environmental protection is mangrove planting.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
To always believe in the beauty of my dreams; that confidence brings out the best in us; That the purpose of our lives is not about us, but how we make a difference to the world around us using our God-given talents and gifts.

Most memorable moment:
When I got to meet people from all walks of life/ from diff. Cultural backgrounds as a Global UGRAD scholar to the USA in 2015.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2021 because I would like to share the ideals of love, truthfulness and stewardship to our environment.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Connectivity of the Mountain and the Sea

The connectivity of the mountain and the sea. As an active member of the Rotaract Club of Silay and a Girl Scout, I learned the importance of reforesting our upland areas to prevent soil erosion, for the trees to provide us more oxygen, to have the best habitat for our wild animals. If we have the good condition in the forest, our water source will also improve. More water tributaries will develop. tThese tributaries will supply more water to the rivers and the streams that could be used in irrigating the lowland farms.Iif we take good care of the forest by having no kaingin and no cutting of trees.... we will have more vegetation. the leaves and the fruits could go down to the rivers toward the sea and could be used as food for the shells and the school of fish. Likewise, we have to take good care of our sea also by planting more mangrove seedlings, encouraging fishermen not to engage in dynamite fishing and other illegal fishing methods. Community volunteer will engage in coastal clean-up regularly. I would like to connect this to my advocacy on organic farming wherein farmers should use organic fertilizer and pesticides in propagating their vegetables,in raising animals. All these connect to what we want to eat. We should go for slow food using organic products and indigenous plants like batwan, iba, kadyos, tugabang, our bio-cultural food in my province.