Miss LEGAZPI City

ERYKA VINA TAN

Age: 27
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 25 inches - 37 inches
Occupation/Education: Marketing Head

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I grew up with a close relationship with my family. I love celebrating my birthdays when I was younger because that means I get to spend my time with my friends, cousins and my grandmother would visit and bring me cake. During summer my brother, my cousins and i would enroll in swimming lessons and we just can’t get enough of swimming even if we get multiple sunburns, it doesn’t matter. I am grateful that I experienced my childhood with those closest to me.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Growing up I learned that not everyone grew up with the same relationship I have with my family. I am fortunate that my family is complete, healthy and we are also extremely close. That is the lesson I hold close to my heart, that I shouldn’t take their presence and love for granted and to treasure our time together as much as I can.

Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment is leaving the Philippines and living abroad to be an international flight attendant. I was able to prove to myself that I could handle whatever obstacle is thrown at me. During those times, it was where I gained my independence, intuition and emotional strength.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
My love for the ocean inspired me to take part in Miss Philippines Earth 2022. I believe that it is an effective platform to advance my advocacy, which is marine conservation.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is marine conservation, it is closest to my heart because as a swimmer and a free diver I have a front row seat to see how much people have damaged our beautiful oceans and seas. I believe that this needs great attention especially for us Filipinos who live in a country surrounded by water.

What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
What I would share to promote ecotourism in my city is that we should promote it first to those who are closest to us, especially our family and friends. I believe in leading by example and to instill sustainable tourist measures within others. Simple steps like bringing your own eco-bag, not having your towels and blankets changed everyday when travelling and staying in a hotel, and to walk if they can instead of driving. I believe that these simple steps would create a ripple effect and hopefully instill to others that sustainable tourism is everyone’s responsibility.