Age & Profession/Education: 22, Biological Sciences Student
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 33 inches - 25 inches - 37 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My childhood focused on academics. I was a consistent first honor pupil way back in elementary. We were raised by my parents in a very traditional and strict way. I was trained then to be competitive, disciplined and to be a perfectionist. As I remember, my parents want me to always have perfect scores in quizzes and exams. On the other hand, my parents supported me when I started to have interests in joining kid’s pageants, dancing contests, and to be the majorette in DLC of our school.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
One lesson that I’ve from my childhood is the appreciation of little things. I am from a simple family. There were times that we can’t have what we really want but our parents provided us with our needs and we are truly grateful with that.
As I grew older, I’ve realized that there were times that I have not really enjoyed my childhood. I was pressuring myself back then to meet the expectations of my parents. But on the positive side, the way they disciplined us before, made me into the person that I am now. My attitude of being goal-driven and being passionate towards on what I am doing is because on how I was raised by my parents.
My parents are my greatest treasures. Without their guidance and love, all my achievements will never be possible.
Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment is when I’ve won Daragang Magayon ALMASOR 2016. This was so memorable because Daragang Magayon pageant is the most prestigious pageant in Albay. I’ve joined the screening of this pageant 3 times. I’ve failed the screening twice and for the third time, I’ve been qualified to be an official candidate. When I became an official candidate of this pageant, I did my best to go home with a crown. Because of this, I truly believe in God’s perfect timing.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2018?
The first ever national pageant that I’ve watched in the television was Miss Philippines Earth 2008. I was 13 years old at that time. As I was watching, I told myself that someday I’ll also be one of the candidates on that pageant competing for the title. What I love about Ms. Philippines Earth is that it does not only showcase ladies who are beautiful but also women who could have a holistic contribution in preserving our environment, women who can influence others through her words and actions that we can still do something, and women who will ignite hope that we humans are not the destroyers hence we are the rebuilders of our planet. And it will be such an honor to be this woman, a woman of the Earth.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy is my so called 5E’s: Educating, Engaging and Empowering the Youth for Environmental Empathy
I choose this advocacy because since I was college I was already exposed to the different projects regarding environmental protection. Through those experiences, I’ve realized that the collective power of the concerned and educated youths could have a large impact in the preservation of our environment. Now that I am a teacher by profession, I also started to do environmental projects through my students such as tree planting, coastal clean-up and lectures about proper waste segregation. Through this, I was able to educate the youth of today with regards to the environmental concerns that we are currently facing, engage them to the various methods that we can do to advocate environmental mindfulness, and empowering them that young as they are their small efforts could have a large contribution in saving our planet.