La Diosa Primavera
Age & Profession/Education: 23, Business Management Student
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 23 inches - 37 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Growing up in the province, I really loved playtime outside. I remember running under sunlit streets, swimming rivers and climbing trees. I used to go the farm a lot with my dad. We would feed all the animals, grow rice and trees, and I would play with the field workers’ children as well. I also remember excelling academically, and as young as10y/o I was already a varsity player in. I also had training in sciences and journalism, and was the editor-in-chief at 12 y/o. I think that those years were very critical as they were my foundation. I am lucky enough to have gone to a St. Paul school, to have been brought up in a community that cares, and in a family that has been very supportive in anything I aspire in life.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
One day I went home crying as I didn’t make it to the top5 in class. My dad then told me that it is okay to cry, but also know where I went wrong. He taught me how to be responsible enough to own up to my mistakes and short comings, and to be responsible for all the consequences that comes with it. Until today, I am always mindful of my decisions and how it affects other people. It has taught me how to be brave enough to face my weaknesses, whether that may be a person, an incident, or a fear.
I believe that my parents brought us up well by instilling good Christian values and Filipino culture. Until today, we still do the simple things like “mano po”/ asking for blessing when we get home, or in parties where there are older Filipinos. In addition, I think the greatest value I uphold are: respect and kindness.
Most memorable moment:
The moment I realized my value as a woman.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2018?
I think that unlike mainstream pageants, Miss Earth has a concrete and special purpose. I would like to be a part of something I actually believe in. As an outdoor person, I would like to do anything that could save earth’s resources, so my future family can enjoy it like I did. I also think that being Miss Earth is a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge I have gained both through environmental research projects, and from the stories people have shared with me.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy is about ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES. I believe that business actually starts with us, as consumers. We are part of this cycle, and if we actually adjust our needs, this could lessen overall demand, which in turn, will lessen businesses’ production, and it will ultimately lessen our wastes and carbon footprint.
In addition, knowing where they source their materials/ products, will give us the idea if they are sustainable. I think corporations should give back to the environment more than what they are taking from it. Even local businesses should be conscious as to what products they use. For example, fertilizers, fresh produce, or silk used in their daily operation.
This is idea is coming from my high school self. We had to rally against a mining company in our province, South Cotabato. They were doing open pit mining with irresponsible management that has ruined lands and water sources. After coming to Canada, I have seen how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been an integral part in any company. From local business to the major oil and gas companies, they try hard to find ways on how to give back. They invest in students’ research projects like capturing CO2 from the air, to simple ways of effective waste management. I think that with consistent efforts, Philippines can be a competitive leader for environmental change.