Dyosa ng Karagatan
Age & Profession/Education: 26, Assistant General Manager
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
33.5 inches - 26 inches - 36.5 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
It was a very empowering experience, brought about by my parents’ exposure and encouragement of having an open-mind towards cultures and religion. It was a very memorable one as my parents always strived to expose me to diversity through their various businesses. I learned to travel at such young age spending time in Aklan, Davao and United States due to the workaholic nature of my parents’ business. Most importantly it was adventurous and never a dull moment having experienced provincial life as well as city life back when we used to live in Binondo prior to our move to Paranaque.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
I learned that responsibility applies to all ages despite being a kid/young. I also learned to be respectful towards people and my surroundings especially to the elders. Another significant lesson that truly stood out to me was acceptance, learning to be unbiased in any predicament no matter what.
Most memorable moment:
My most unforgettable experience was living in the jungles of Belize. I was lucky enough to have been able to study Maya Archaeology and reside in a preservation camp wherein we practiced sustainable nomadic lifestyle for a good three months. We had to adjust to living without electricity and truly recycling even utilizing latrines as opposed to regular toilets to promote efficiency of using all resources down to waste management. This was really where my love for nature and becoming an environmentalist started. I really appreciated nature as we had no access to internet or any other technological advancement.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2018?
I truly want to make an environmental impact and help people through my skills that I have acquired so far. I am very determined and optimistic that I can bridge gaps as well as promote sustainability by utilizing this platform for positive change in helping not only my motherland but the rest of the planet.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Marine preservation and sustainable ecotourism is the heart of my environmental advocacy because I want to focus on rural and maritime communities—to teach them on becoming self-sufficient in helping out their local economies and also prevent the destruction of our natural resources. In particular, I would like to prevent what’s happening in Boracay from spreading.