Miss DEL CARMEN, Surigao del Norte

ANGELA OKOL

Age: 22
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 24 inches - 35 inches
Occupation/Education: AB Political Science Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Growing up, my parents have always been supportive and encouraged us (my siblings and I) to embark on different hobbies until we found what was best for us. Since childhood, it has been instilled in us that we all have other purposes in life; thus, comparisons were never really present in our household. Each of us had our traits and quirks. I loved art, my sister Mari loved puzzles and reading, my youngest sister Megan loved food and science, while my only brother Migo was fascinated with animals and planes. There were distinct differences between us, but our parents loved us the same. The differences do not matter to them as long as we are happy both alone and together.

I lived in an encouraging household that taught us never to give up on our dreams, entailing that failure is never the end goal; instead, a stepping stone to the success we are destined for.


What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
I was taught at a young age that the best things in life do not come easy, especially by my mother; hence, I know that I must also put optimum effort for optimum results. On the other hand, my dad focused on us embodying the concept of “cause and effect.” For every action, there is a result, whether it be good or bad. I lived in an encouraging household that taught us never to give up on our dreams, entailing that failure is never the end goal rather a mere stepping stone to the success we’re destined for. With that said, my parents did their best to give me the best childhood they could. And through the values brought upon my childhood, I know that the best way to show them I’m grateful is by personifying what they have taught me.

Most memorable moment:
MI used to be a timid kid. Looking back at my childhood, I could barely raise my hand to ask for drink refills in restaurants or line up to order. It was a struggle for me to speak up in public. Because of that, my mom and dad tried their best to make me overcome my bashfulness by encouraging me to engage in school activities that involved speaking or even just quiz/spelling bees where we had to raise the board.

It was challenging, I admit. Often, I memorized the script, but for some reason, my mind would go blank mid-paragraph. This went on for a while, and was close to giving up. Then, in the third grade, my teacher asked me to join a declamation contest. Before the competition, my dad gave me advice that I still carry on to this day- "it's not about winning; it's about the experience." I didn't win the contest, but I got something way better- confidence. It is a core memory I cherish for the present. I would never have overcome my social anxiety of failure or embarrassment if I did not stand on that stage and overcome my fears wholeheartedly.


Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
To be Miss Philippines Earth 2022 would be both a duty and an honor. One of my personal beliefs is that a person who educates also helps those around them. Actual change begins within ourselves, so with this crown, I'll be able to teach people to be more aware of the Earth's current state. A more informed public can create more avenues for change, and together, we can make a bugger difference.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
I advocate for sustainable fashion. Unbeknownst to many, fast fashion gravely affects our environment and several ecosystems. Manufacturing companies use excessive amounts of water, emit a large part of the world’s greenhouse gases, and pile up large amounts of pollutants like unsold clothing or fabric. In addition, as a result of the pollution it causes to bodies of water, marine life is affected since much of its components are nonorganic. This is a matter I’ve come to realize since 2019 and have stopped buying from fast fashion brands since 2020. I do my best to minimize my clothing waste by upcycling old clothes or those from thrift stores. Whenever I want to buy new clothes, though, I buy from local businesses that practice ethical manufacturing.

Fast fashion may be cheap, but let us not overlook the expensive consequences of its affordable price tag.


What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
As we all know, Siargao was heavily hit by Typhoon Odette and thus, lost its original island beauty. However, I’d like to say that it does not entail the end of tourism for the area. Trees grow, plants flourish, and people adapt. We can rebuild Siargao little by little to bring back its former glory through the cumulative efforts of many.

The beautiful island is not only a place to see the coconut trees, pristine beaches, and big waves. Rather, a place to meet great people and see other great landmarks like Del Carmen’s mangrove- the third largest in Asia.