PATRICIA NICOLE YAP
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 28 inches - 39 inches
Occupation/Education: Psychology Student
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I was never brought up to be a spoiled brat or dependent on my family because I am an only child. I was raised to be self-sufficient and to work for myself. Despite my somewhat rigid upbringing, I was nonetheless able to enjoy my childhood. One of the rules I was subjected to as a child was that I was forbidden to leave the house until all of my tasks were done, strictly upholding the elders' respect. Our monthly general cleaning is another thing I can recall. At that time, I found it to be entertaining and yet tiresome. But looking back, it was one of our bonding experiences. I should add that spending practically my whole childhood with my grandparents taught me the value of cleanliness. Although I was raised by parents who were primarily introverted, I was taught how to interact with others and make friends.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
How I live and behave today is a result of my upbringing during my formative years. I developed the ability to create objectives, attain those goals, and recognize my life's accomplishments, regardless of how insignificant they may seem. Looking back, I've discovered that I need to give myself permission to feel various things that call for various emotions. It has aided me in overcoming adversity with courage which prompted me to enjoy the game of life.
Most memorable moment:
Being crowned as Miss Poblacion in Aurora stands out in my mind as one of the most significant events that happened in my life. From then, my visions became clearer. I became more certain of the career path that I shall take. I have learned to speak out and use my voice. From there, I have found my destiny.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I believe Miss Philippines Earth would be a great platform for me to explain how nature has the power to boost our creativity, empathy, and sense of wonder while providing solace during stressful times. I'd like to emphasize to the public the value of protecting our Mother Earth and developing a connection with it, especially among young people.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy focuses on educating others about the strong link between nature and mental health and how we should protect it. In times of stress, we strive to escape the chaos and find solace in nature. We visit forests to think, seek clarity while experiencing the chilly sea, or enjoy solitude beneath the mystical falls. But how can we attain all of these when we continue to bring harm to nature? Keep in mind that even small actions can have a tremendous impact.
What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
Social media, in my opinion, may greatly aid in the wider dissemination of strategies and recommendations for promoting our eco-tourism. All provinces, not only the one where I live, should start social media pages with an emphasis on ecotourism-related material. People can converse and share views about the subject in this fashion as well. Another tip is to make the youth more involved and develop them to become eco-travelers of your town, for they bear fresh ideas that would surely help in the sustainable development of this sector. Above all, encourage conversation. Let the people speak.