Keena Mae Del Mar
Esperanza, Agusan del Sur
Flower: Ground Orchid
Profession/Education: Accounting Staff
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 30 inches - 24 inches - 33 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
As a child, I was timid. I grew up in a family of academic achievers. My parents reveled in every medal and trophy my siblings would bring home. While I, on the other hand, was the kid who was always assisted in everything. This was all until my parents’ business went bankrupt and our family was drowned in debt. They had to go their separate ways to find opportunities that could support us. At a young age, me, my elder sister who was thirteen and my younger brother learned to live on our own. Since my mom was able to invest a lot in the outskirts of the city, we moved out from our apartment – our comfort zone. Every week, we could only hope that they can send us money for allowance but if they couldn’t, we visited our neighbor’s garden and asked for a vegetable we can harvest. That was when I realized the importance of gardening. I started planting “alugbati” because it was the easiest to grow. In 2006, my parents found new jobs in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. It was a quaint little town but it gave my family a fresh start. Esperanza when translated means HOPE, and it served its meaning well for our family. It was where I was able to inculcate the advocacy of Greeneration – A greener generation. I became a household leader in Youth for Christ, and at thirteen, I started participating tree planting activities and clean up-drives for the Agusan River until the day came, that I was no longer just a participant. With the help of my sister and our coordinators, I started organizing tree planting events.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
God’s challenges never burden you; they lift you up. I noticed how complicated grown-ups look at life but when I was young, even if we had vegetables the entire week and had to walk from school to home, it was fun. I also learned that even if I wasn’t born to lead, I still became a leader. That proves that we can all make our destiny and no one else can dictate otherwise.
Most memorable moment:
The most memorable moment for me was when I was ten years old, bathing in a creek near our humble home with friends. It reminds me so much of a simple life, a beautiful childhood and above all, cleaner waters.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019?
To uphold a title and exercise my advocacy at the same time is a dream come true. We may take our current actions very lightly but these small deeds are building our future. I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019, because to me that is the perfect platform to amplify my advocacy of building a greener nation.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Greeneration. I believe that if this generation will be able to understand the weight of taking good care of our environment, we have a chance to preserve its beauty and keep it for the years to come.