Miss City of MANILA

JUSTIENE ORTEGA

Age: 28
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 24 inches - 36 inches
Occupation/Education: Brand Manager

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Growing up as an only child, my family always emphasized the irreplaceable value of one’s education. I was always pressured to achieve academically but it molded me to be the competitive adult that I am today. I was never the kid who would sit on the sidelines waiting for people to finish what they were doing, I’ve always been curious and driven to be involved in the solution/action.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
My grandfather taught me to never be afraid to ask questions because it allows us to further understand a theory and its concepts, a person and his/her why’s.
My grandmother taught me to always put my best foot forward and to never compromise quality in all that I do, whether it was in academics, my extra-curricular activities, or life.
My parents taught me that life isn’t perfect but it is the imperfections that will mold me to be the best version of myself.


Most memorable moment:
Back in 2020, together with other Solar Champions, I had the opportunity to visit Sitio Payong, it is a community between Quezon City and Marikina. During our visit, we saw the way people lived and how they managed their electricity through a shared diesel generator. We saw how excited they were when they were given a chance to have their own solar appliances which were independent from the diesel genset.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth because I want to lead the fight against climate change. I have always seen Miss Philippines Earth not just as a beauty pageant but as a collaboration of environmental advocates and champions coming together for a unified goal maximizing the platform to share the various ways we can be involved in this urgent fight.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is SOLAR which stands for:

Sustainability
Of
Life thru
Alternative Solutions and
Renewable Energy

- I’ve always been a champion of Renewable Energy specifically Solar Energy as influenced by my previous work in the RE sector which made me realize the urgency of climate change and the scale of impact if we fast track the integration of RE in our energy source. However, aside from RE, I also want to focus on the day-to-day sustainable ways we can choose to live and how even busy people can be involved in this fight.


What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
I’ve always lived in the urbanized City of Manila where people are mostly preoccupied with work and their day-to-day responsibilities. Some of the tips that I can share with my co-Manileños are to:

- Use and encourage others to prioritize biking as their means of transportation
- Shop and support local businesses because through this, we are producing lower carbon emissions with less logistics while being helpful to our local community|
- Lastly, as Manileños, know that we share in the responsibility of being guardians of our eco-tourism spots like the last lung of Manila, the Arroceros Forest Park, and the newly-renovated home to our faunas, the Manila Zoo