Miss SAGAY City

JARIZZ BORCELAS

Age: 21
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 24 inches - 35 inches
Occupation/Education: English Education Student

Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I am a "probinsyana". I grew up in a modest environment. My parents instilled in me a lot of values. The ones that left a long lasting imprint on me are being family-oriented and conservative. These values steered me in the right direction. However, there were certain downsides as well. Being so conservative made me shy and timid. Even though I am an academic achiever, I lack confidence in many aspects. I struggled a lot, particularly with my social skills. My elementary school teachers were aware of that. That's when they encouraged me to join school organizations like Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Student Government, and others. At a young age, I had already indulged myself in leadership. It was extremely beneficial to me, but it did not totally eliminate my shyness.

What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
It's all due to my mother that when I think of my childhood, all I remember are wonderful and sweet memories. This life stage is full of learning. One lesson I will never forget that my mom taught me is to always give your all in everything. Even if things go wrong in the end, you can still smile because you know you did your best and nothing is regretted. This became my mantra since then and is also one of the reasons why I am able to maintain my academic achievements.

Most memorable moment:
It was when I joined "The Search for Sinigayan Queen 2018", the most prestigious pageant in my beloved city, Sagay. I consider it the pivotal point in my life. I used to participate in school pageants during high school, but it wasn’t done out of passion, it was more of a requirement for me. Until someone approached me to join the annual pageant. The journey led me to self-discovery. The moment I won, it was like something within me was ignited, which drives me to dream more. During that reign, I became fascinated even more with pageantry. I realized it is an amazing platform for someone to incorporate the things he/she loves. In my case, I can integrate my love for leadership, community service and care for the environment through my advocacy. This realization leads me to further my world in pageants, and that brings me here.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth?
I have been into leadership and service since my elementary years. This journey allows me to develop my concern and interest in delving into people’s situations and thinking how I could help them. I participated in various organizations that promote good causes. I’ve initiated my own project about environmental sanitation with the goal of alleviating an unhealthy environment. All of these speak what my heart is into. I’ve been following the Miss Philippines Earth Organization for a long time. I am inspired by their legacy. Their intent to help the Earth and the ladies is as genuine as mine. I dream of being the model of the organization because we represent the same causes. If I ever win, I can be a representative of their advocacies and fulfill the responsibilities with gratitude and willingness.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
It would be Environmental Sanitation. I am a Chief Girl Scout Medalist. At the age of 16, I have already started to implement this project which focuses on provision of comfort rooms for a chosen community. During implementation, with my fellow girl scouts and troop leader, I was able to provide 10 comfort rooms to my beneficiaries. In my locality, there are far-flung areas that unfortunately, do not have toilets, also because of financial incapacity. The residents tend to mismanage their waste disposal. That action led to an unhealthy and uncomfortable environment. It affects the health of the residents, mainly the children. Knowing that Miss Philippines Earth is an advocacy-driven platform, I would love to extend this advocacy and reach out to more communities who are in need. Sagay City’s tourism tagline is, “Where love for nature begins”, I believe this pageant is the perfect avenue to widen my scope and explore my horizon on how to promote environmental preservation and responsible tourism.

What tip can you share to promote eco-tourism in your City or Municipality?
Eco-tourism is fundamental to conserve the environment and the well-being of local people. In Sagay City, eco-tourism is already prevalent. To empower it, the willingness to contribute should begin within the tourists, residents, and management. Then there should be an easily accessible and instructive platform where all eco-tourism regulations and information are provided. After all, for eco-tourism to thrive, a collective effort is necessary in which everyone should play their individual yet intertwined roles.