MIA JANE SALISBURY
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 25 inches - 37 inches
Occupation/Education: Film Writer and Producer
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Growing up in a small country town, prominently white, I was subjected to a lot of bullying from as early as kindergarten, due to my Filipino and Asian heritage. Most would expect me to completely "white wash" myself and neglect my roots altogether, but the one thing that kept me grounded was my beautiful Mother and Lola.
They instilled the beauty of our culture and history into me. They were the constant standing reminder of what a genuine, hardworking, dedicated and compassionate Filipina woman looks like, and to this day I strive to be just like them.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
To live freely, without judgement of myself or others. I feel like we can learn so much from children, how they look past your skin color, your ethnicity, your connections and impact so many lives if we just look past the surface of people.
Most memorable moment:
Shooting my very first feature film for Cinemalaya 2021. I was a co-writer, producer, assistant director and location manager all in one. It was the most challenging obstacle of my life and my biggest career defining moment yet. It was filled with smiles, tears, sweat (and a little blood). I learnt so much about myself and ways to make myself not just a better filmmaker, but a better woman.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I've always believed in using my platform for good and being a Miss Earth would give me the opportunity to and impact a more inclusive reach of Filipinos. I would continue to shed light on causes I hold close to my heart such as mental health awareness and my advocacy reducing single use plastic. Consciously making a small sustainable change can create a ripple effect for future generations.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Reducing single waste plastic is a practical and accessible goal we can implement into the lives of each Filipino. At least 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our ocean each year and by practicing zero waste swaps in our daily lives is a simple and sustainable alternative in helping prolong the longevity of not only our marine life, but the entire earth's inhabitants.