JOANNA KRYSTEL CABREZOS
Dyosa de las Marejadas
Age & Profession/Education: 23, Cost Accountant
5 feet 5 inches
36 inches - 27 inches - 37 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Growing up in a poor family we did not have enough money to afford a place of our own. Before we settled in our own place, my family moved 9 times around the city. My parents married at a young age but never lived together with my grandparents, because they wanted to stay independent. My parents struggled financially but they ensured that their children receive proper education which is why they enrolled us in Claret School of Zamboanga City, a private catholic school and an alma mater of my mother. Despite living in the city, we made sure that we visited our relatives in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay and enjoyed living in the rural areas. Despite not being financially disposed, I was not deprived of the simple luxuries before because of my hard-working parents. Growing up, I enjoyed going to the Labuyo Beach of Sibugay, playing outdoor games with the neighbor’s kids and striving for academic recognition in school. I maintained focus on my studies that landed me a scholarship in college.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Growing up, I’ve learned the values of resilience, perseverance and optimism. Hard times always struck us, but my we’ve managed to survive every time. Perseverance to do what it takes in order to achieve my goals never failed me. And a positive disposition in life is a subtle but powerful lesson that I’ve acquired during my existence. Because I believe that the reason people, especially Filipinos, strive hard in a poverty-stricken country is because of the belief that tomorrow our lives and the lives of our loved ones will be better.
Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moments so far are two things: One, passing the board exam and second, winning the crown of Miss Zamboanga. Both times are testaments of God’s wonderful plan for me. Growing up I never believed I could be as smart as the consistent valedictorian of our class, but having my CPA license at the same time that the former did proved me otherwise. Growing up I always thought I’m just a simple, unnoticeable girl. But winning a beauty pageant, once again proved that idea wrong. It came clear to me that both times shattered the limitations I’ve set for myself, and that the only person that stood in the way of achieving those goals is myself.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2018?
I believe that winning this prestigious title can be a means for achieving my ambitions in life. Also, being a beauty pageant that highlights advocacies for our environment, this is something that I could use to have a bigger voice on platforms that have positive impact on our environment. And programs that ultimately can sustain our natural resources for our future generation.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is saving the ocean through marine life conservation and waste-reducing programs such as financing organizations that manufactures environment-friendly materials in order to replace single-use plastics. Initially I chose this advocacy because I work in a sardines manufacturing company and came in contact with a lot of my fellow Zamboangueños whose livelihood mainly depended on companies that operated with marine products. Eventually, I made it consistent with the advocacy that I’m forwarding in this competition because I believe that, despite several efforts, saving the ocean is a concern that is still being put aside. People think that as long as they still benefit, they is no immediate need for saving. Thus, I believe that escalating my advocacy on this level will be a great opportunity for enforcing actions on saving our oceans.