KATHERYN TAN GUIPETACIO
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 23 inches - 35 inches
Occupation/Education: Accountancy Student
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My childhood was filled with academic achievements and at the same time a nightmare of my life where I was bullied for having a kinky hair and a large forehead. I would always be acing my subjects all straight A’s, I would be bringing home medals for my school’s reputation, but my classmates would always bully me for my looks. I would always be excluded in social groups because I do not fit in to their beauty standards. I would get compliments, but it would only come from my teachers and never from my classmates. They would hate me for being too participative in classroom discussions. They would throw erasers, small papers crumpled in tiny balls, and any small pieces to my hair because these little things would get stuck in my kinky hair. Whenever I want to join Student Body Organizations, I wouldn’t get elected or voted because the students only vote for the prettiest. There’s so many great things I wanted to do, but I’m hindered because of how society judged my capabilities based on my looks. If I experienced this, then how many more girls did? If not just on girls, how about those of different color of their skin? How many great things could’ve these people contributed but we lost it? How much growth have we wasted on our youth?
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
I learned that when someone is bullied or mistreated, we shouldn’t be afraid to stand up and reach out to those who are voiceless. I don’t want any other girls, especially young girls to experience the same as mine. Bullying became so easy and vulnerable in my time because everybody wants to be accepted or wants to fit in. I rebonded my hair, I made it straight because I was so affected by these hurtful actions and words. I don’t want any girl to think of themselves less because they weren’t born with fair skin, straight hair, small forehead, and thin nose. I believe a lot of women could’ve done greater things, may it be in their school, workplace, or in any field of industry but they choose to step down, become silent, and be less involved because they feel not good enough about themselves. Imagine if all women are empowered to contribute for greater things, our community would advance exponentially.
From this experience, the most unforgettable lesson I would take with me is that every individual is as important as those who are in power. No one, even if our cultures are different, our race is different, our beliefs are different, no one is exempted from making a meaningful choice. That meaningful choice must reflect on our individual actions, how we affect others, the surroundings, and everything that exists. Right now, what meaningful choice should we make or start changing? It’s our individual consumption. In this year’s Miss Earth, I am taking with me my experiences and will stand up for my advocacy, “You are as Important as the Wealthiest Man on Earth”. I want everyone to start making small steps by reducing their consumption, make a difference by choosing sustainable living, and accumulate these little things into a bigger movement. Let’s help our planet heal from over extraction by reducing our demands for supply.
Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment was to host a tourism event.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
To become Miss Philippines Earth 2021 is yet the biggest platform I can use to voice out my advocacy. With a lot of organizations eyeing on potential women who can speak for the environment during the search for MPE 2021, I would take the chance to be known. I would take the chance to spread the message. I would take the chance to inspire.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is to help our planet survive and become a sustainable living environment for the future generations. In my advocacy, I want all of us to rethink our buying habits; slow down our consumption; our human activities that degrade our environment; and to begin realizing the essence of living simply and healthily. I want to emphasize that our unimportant decisions of consumerism drive businesses to keep on extracting from our natural resources due to our demands. I chose this advocacy because I am a fan of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ and that I feel like his messages should reach the world and not just Catholic institutions. If no one is interested in reading the long document, I will take the chance to use Pageantry and my voice to translate this text.