JAYRA ALIYAH OLVINADA
Height: 5 feet 4.5 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 24 inches - 36 inches
Occupation/Education: BS Chemistry Student
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My childhood was a phase filled with wholesome memories – I was learning unconsciously, most of the time. It was innocence, growth, dreams and lessons, brought together.
When I was a young girl, I was a crybaby; I always wanted to be either of my parents. I remember that I would literally cry when I couldn’t see Papa by the window during class, it was my biggest fear back then! I had a hard time adjusting to that situation, but I gradually got the hang of it. It was a time full of worries, yet I was adaptive.
As a kid, I believed in myself because I have my family and relatives as a great support system that boosted me to do anything I want. I never wanted to be left behind, I often want to do my best even with such innocence. I wasn’t the favorite among all the other kids in the room, even though I was good at school. It was a realization that it’s not always about me.
I was the sometimes quiet, yet outgoing, somehow confident, and competitive kid, in a way. I participated in a lot of activities, especially Science events and Journalism. I really thought these competitions were great avenues to showcase talents and skills. I wasn’t wrong, but it wasn’t merely that, those experiences have contributed to open my mind to the world around me.
I did so many things when I was younger and I sometimes wonder where did all that energy come from and where did time go? As I consistently matured, this kid I was talking about is still here.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Growing up, I had a lot of time reflecting and realizing so many things, and it’s still an ongoing journey of learning.
Take risks if you want something. You’ll have second thoughts if you will, and you will still regret it if you won’t. It’s better to experience and reflect later, rather than say “I wish I could’ve done that.”
Listen to yourself; be authentically you. Your true passion is from within. It’s like breathing – it’s natural. Give yourself time to blossom.
Life is an unending evolution. The only thing that is constant is change – just as we are growing, and just as the planet that we are living undergoes change from time to time, may it be good or not. Everything changes. Regardless, be yourself, it’s your path and the rest will follow.
Life goes on. It won’t always be happy, bright days; it is normal to have bad days. The bad that comes along with the good is a journey and there’s so much to learn from that. Have faith, be courageous, bend if you must, and get back up whenever you feel yourself again.
Do not stop at failure. Failing is still winning you lessons, mistakes are an avenue for growth. These experiences teach us in different ways and failure is something that we are often afraid of, but the good thing with it – it’s a stepping stone to greatness. Try until you become what you truly believe.
Most importantly, be kind. Be kind to yourself, to others, to animals and all living creatures, be kind to nature – be kind to the Earth. It goes a long way.
Most memorable moment:
One night I will never forget was personally meeting my greatest pop idol, Katy Perry. It was surreal – one of the greatest women who empowered me was finally right there, before my eyes. I am a fangirl, and living in such a small city, having an international idol is something that seemed to be unreachable. In my first attempt at watching her live, I couldn’t go. But life has plans and sometimes, it’s something that we cannot foresee. Three years later, I was granted more than what I asked for!
The things we really want will always come, yet, it could have delays – a month, a year, even years and years later. I realized that our dreams do not only remain at the back of our minds, but they can also become our reality. Beautiful things happen, great things do come to life. When it all seems to be hard and a bit overwhelming, it will not last forever because there are better days to come.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
Being Miss Philippines Earth is not merely a title. It’s something far more significant than wearing a sash and a crown, it’s about having something to say to inspire and empower people and be able to embody the attributes of an eco-friendly citizen. Being Miss Philippines Earth is being a steward of the planet we call home, and a catalyst of change for the good – and I want to be one with that purpose, I want to be Miss Earth.
As an aspiring Chemist, I believe that our bodies are made up of the same elements as the earth; us humans are called the stewards of nature, and I think that we have to live as is. It is a great opportunity to be a part of an organization where it upbrings timely and relevant issues, especially those of the environment.
With my ideals, and drive to act upon the betterment of the environment, I hope I can encourage the people to be more careful in their ways of life, recognizing our social responsibilities so that we can attain sustainability, locally, nationally and globally. Let us all wake up with a passionate heart and join our hands together to serve and save our Mother Earth.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Clean-up the COAST for the COST of all Generations
The planet that we live in is in a drastic change due to the selfish and detrimental activities of irresponsible humans, and if we are the cause of these sickening problems, then we must also be the solution. It is not only us humans who suffer the consequences but the whole ecosystem, including all the living things, all the future generations. It justifies the first law of ecology, stating, “Everything is connected to everything else.” If we don't take action, in our personal ways, problems will continue to worsen over time. Our personal efforts will collectively make a difference.
We have to live a sufficient life, but at the same time, we have to be environmentally aware and ethical. Environmental awareness is to understand the fragility of our environment and the importance of its protection. Promoting environmental awareness is a way to become an environmental steward and participate in creating a brighter future for all generations. Although it may sound cliché, one ideal step in maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment is cleaning up coastal areas.
Pursuing coastal clean-up drives can help both humans and aquatic life away from toxicity. The aquatic environment covers approximately 71% of the total earth surface, and the aquatic fauna serves a big role for the environment – we should be able to understand these things. It is important for us to take care of the area that mostly provide humans with sources such as medicine, food, energy, shelter, and raw materials that are used for daily life. Specifically, cleaning the seaside improves the coastal and aquatic ecosystem by ensuring that none of the trash kills marine life or is toxic enough to disrupt the aquatic life cycle. According to Price (2018) microplastics look and smell like food to a host of marine creatures including sea turtles, seagulls, dolphins, and whales who cannot distinguish between a jellyfish and a floating plastic bag. Plastic can perforate organs and jam the digestive tract to the point where animals can no longer eat. This disruption could affect a larger scale because a contaminated aquatic resource affects humans, too – everything is interconnected.
A piece of litter you pick up means one less piece of litter that could end up in our oceans. Cleanup projects work the same way but in bigger numbers. It works on a larger scale. Cleaning-up the COAST is for the COST of all Generations.
What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
Be economically practical at the same time, be environmentally ethical. It is important to intensify the cultural integrity of the locals’ land while also minimizing the negative impacts of tourism. Eco-friendly habits should be practiced, and also seek to create economic opportunities for the locals living in such environments.
Moreover, technology is vastly progressing. Social media remains a great venue to start conversations and educate people to promote eco-tourism. Nowadays, with the brilliant minds of the current generations, and the aid of technology, there are much more innovative ways to effectively stimulate sustainability.