ZAMBOANGA City: Margie Alatan

Describe your childhood/growing years (8-13 years old)
I have a care-free childhood. I have a very boyish personality by the way I dress, speak, and act. I became part of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and a Taekwondo player during my elementary years. I have been privileged to explore places being an athlete and a representative of my city for the national level. I remember I became Princess of Charity when I was in grade 3. When I was in grade 6, I joined the Buwan ng Wika pageant in my school which I consider as my first pageant and I won first runner-up. I am the usual class representative because of my height.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
I have learned a lot during my growing years because I became aware of my surroundings being a member of the Girl Scout of the Philippines and as a Taekwondo player. I was exposed and trained to respect everyone, survive by living away from my parents, preserve and protect the environment, be disciplined, and most of all being responsible and accountable as an individual and citizen of the country.

Most memorable moment
I cherish is when I am crowned as Miss Zamboanga. I have never expected that a simple girl, living a simple life could be Miss Zamboanga. Despite the catastrophes and trials that Zamboanga City had been through─ the pressures undeniable to everyone, this can be a source of hope and inspiration to rise as a city.

What is your environmental advocacy?
My heart is convinced for the protection, preservation and replenishment of the environment which leads to my Levanta Zamboanga advocacy (in English means “Rise Zamboanga”). It aims to protect, preserve, and replenish the water shed and coastal mangroves. This became my winning factor having it as my ending phrase during the Miss Zamboanga competition.

Miss Earth Zamboanga City

Margie Alatan