Age: 25
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 25 inches - 36 inches
Occupation/Education: Quality Assurance Engineer

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I wouldn’t call my growing up years typical since two of my first cousins also have the same setup – their parents are OFWs too. We basically grew up together in a one big house with our grandparents which is also located within a compound together with other relatives so I saw some of my second cousins growing up. Since Pateros is the lone municipality in Metro Manila, it is relatively small with most of our relatives living near us. It’s fun to imagine how close-knitted we are.

Growing up, I was an artistic person. I used to join art contests in our school which are very enjoyable experiences for me. I initially wanted to be a fine arts graduate or an architect but life had other plans for me. My love for computers and electronics are what lead me to become a computer engineer.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
I grew up with my mom and aunt teaching me how to be generous towards other, to be grateful for everything, and to be content for what we have. For example, every Christmas, we would hand out loot bags of food to our neighbors. Similarly, when my parents send boxes full of stuff, they also make sure that most of our relatives would have something for them as well. I was taught that everyone should receive a gift from us even if we are not that close.

Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment is also my most tragic one. On the night of August 2015, my grandparents’ house, the house that we were living in, was completely destroyed by fire due to the negligence of one of our neighbors. I always think about that moment because at that time, I just woke up from a nap and if I had not woke up, I would be the only casualty of that fire. Rebuilding our home was easy and I am always grateful that all of us left the house unscathed but the memories of our old home will be damaged by the fact that it got destroyed by a fire. It was also a wake up call for me since I used to be very a sentimental and somehow materialistic person but ever since that night, I’ve always done my best to live a minimal lifestyle and give more to people in need if I have the capacity and ability to.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
Miss Earth, in general, focuses on environmental awareness and social responsibility. As Miss Philippines Earth, it will give me a chance to work with the United Nations to push my advocacies.

To be Miss Philippines Earth 2022 is to be one of the champions for saving our planet and to use the privilege of having a platform to educate people on how our everyday actions or decisions as consumers can affect our planet. Having a platform can also amplify the voices of those who have already been educating corporations on environmental responsibility. “We only have one Earth and we are the only caretakers” – this statement is something that I want to emphasize to my fellow countrymen and if given the chance, to the entire population.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is Sustainable Fashion. I became conscious about this when we lost our house last 2015. We lost everything but the fastest one that we regained were clothes. Why? Because clothes are one of the items that people tend to store overtime or throw away when not being used anymore. The amount of clothes we received were almost the same amount of clothes that we had. Imagine if these clothes went to landfills, it would've caused more damage to our environment because clothes are hard to recycle and they take too long to decompose. Aside from textile wastes, water consumption, and energy and chemical usage are also one of the primary concerns when it comes to sustainable fashion and these are important matters since continuously making clothes without consideration to these factors will continuously damage our planet.

I believe the simplest solution to my environmental advocacy can be practiced by almost everyone. However, the most complex solutions need the collective effort of people. Having a platform like Miss Philippines Earth will definitely help with educating people and presenting a doable solution that will minimize the damage being incurred by the continuous manufacturing and usage of clothes as well as amplifying the voices of those who have already been fighting for sustainable fashion.

What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
We don’t have well-known tourist spots in Pateros but we are known for the Balut Festival. Balut can be considered as Pateros’ community livelihood and culinary product. Balut is a fertilized bird egg and it usually comes from ducks. As a way of promoting eco-tourism within our municipality, ethical ways of raising ducks like keeping them in natural conditions or making sure that their environment is free from plastics or metals that they can ingest. Another thing that I can do to promote eco-tourism in Pateros is to educate them how to be responsible tourists themselves since there’s this chance that we might be exposed to a different culture when we travel within our country.