Miss MUNTINLUPA City

MICAELA LEGARDA

Age: 23
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 24 inches - 34 inches
Occupation/Education: Recruiter and Freelance Model

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My childhood is not like a fairy tale like the others, but it has a story to tell. I did have joyful experiences but growing up I’ve also experienced a lot of hardships, sacrifices, rejections. But rather than lose my confidence, I use those experiences as a source of my strength, because without those challenges in my life I will never be where I am today, confident, and stronger.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
To be always count your blessings and to never stop dreaming, always do your best to achieve your goals even if some people are against you. And most importantly is to always keep your feet on the ground no matter what happens.

Most memorable moment:
When I saw the priceless reaction of my grandparents when I visited them in the US. US is a hard country to visit especially if you are not financially stable, but with the help of them, I got to do my internship there and I was given a chance to travel before going back to the Philippines. So, during my time there, I used that time to visit and personally thank them. I can’t describe the joyous, priceless reaction when they saw me standing on the front door. And I will forever cherish that.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
Being part of Miss Philippines Earth would really help me share my advocacy and to contribute not just for the sake of the people of this country but also for the animals and for the nature around us. With the help of this organization, I can be the voice for everyone who can’t speak, stand, and see the beauty of Mother earth. I want to widen my platform to promote the change I want to see for the world.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
BYOB – “Bring your own bag/bayong” This is a project that was implemented in my municipality few years ago, Muntinlupa is also the very first city in the Philippines to ban the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam for packaging. I want to continue sharing this project to other areas as well, and to show them the importance of reducing the usage of plastics and Styrofoam’s are. In the past few decades, we know that these are the main causes of flash floods in the city, and it is also the root cause of the destruction of the marine life ecosystem. I want to focus on this advocacy to help not just my community or Mother earth but also the lives and preservation of the animals.

What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
In the midst of the Pandemic, I would like to promote my municipality's Eco-tourism, by using social media as one of the main tools. By creating an Eco-tourism driven content strategy that has a strong message, it can be done through videos, images, blog posts etc. I would also like to promote in our municipality to focus on building an active community of Eco-travelers, in this way it would help to promote not just the beauty of Muntinlupa but also, it’s people. I believe that Eco-tourism is not just about its environment but also the people and animals who live in the area.