Alexandra Marie Dayrit
Profession/Education: Director for Business Development
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Measurements: 36 inches - 26 inches - 35 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
When I was a child, I was very fat. I loved food, especially sweet and carbs, which made me very round. I had gotten away with it as a younger child, but entering my teens ‘baby fat’ was no longer cute. I would always compare myself with my friends and family, who were all very skinny. In addition to that, I was pressured to lose weight because my family was in the fitness and media industries. In short- I grew up hating how I looked.
I started dieting and going to the gym when I was 10 years old. I completely hated it. I never had energy because I never ate. As a result, I was always sickly fatigued, irritable, and I never lost the weight for good. It wasn’t until my 20’s that I corrected my diet, got healthy, found workouts that I loved and finally stayed in the normal weight and body fat range for my height- while eating more than I ever had before.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
First, I learned that experiences you encounter as a child have profound impact on the rest of your life. This led me to direct my environmental advocacy, sustainable consumption and production, towards grade school children in particular. Second, I learned that self-love is one of the most powerful weapons that you can arm your children with-against both internal and external voices. Third, I learned that great trainer can help you change your life…but at the end of the day it is still up to you. This led me to love training as I discovered that to train is to empower.
Most memorable moment:
My most memorable moment was when I lost over 50lbs and stepped on the stage as a bikini competitor. As a young child, one of my greatest fears was being seen by anyone in a swimsuit. Stepping on stage in a bikini for the first time made me feel so confident, empowered and proud of my hard work coming to fruition. My parents tear up and all of my friends and family are cheering so loud which just made the moment even more magical. After my competition, a lot of people told me that I inspired them to work out and eat healthy.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019?
Despite all the grace that God has bestowed upon my life, I believe that the service of others is the greatest joy on earth. Our environment is in critical condition and the action of this generation will help determine the fate of our planet. As a trainer and communicator, I want to become Miss Philippines Earth 2019 to use my talents to serve this cause and empower young Filipinos to become earth warriors. I believe that any environmental problem can be solved by a change in our attitude. That is exactly what I help my clients, company and local community achieve, and, if given chance to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019, I would be able to extend this on a national scale.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My Environmental Advocacy is training Filipino children on responsible consumption and production. I believe in a down-up approach to improve the state of our country and our environment. Pollution, deforestation, climate change- all these extensive problems have a common denominator: our attitude. We Filipinos do not care enough about our environment, whether we choose to admit it or not.
To change a deep-seated attitude will not happen overnight. The love for the environment must be instilled from an early age. We need to train Filipinos, especially children, on how they can do their part in helping protect the planet by being responsible consumers and properly managing the personal waste. If from childhood, they understand the impact that their actions have on their surroundings- there is a greater chance that this value will be retained.
I have started working on this together with our local government in Marikina City by promoting our anti- littering campaign Munting Basura, Ibulsa Muna, which even has its own song and dance, to public grade schools in the city. I also work on this as the local training director of JCI Manileña, a non-profit youth development organization that serves the Metro Manila community, and provides various free projects, workshops and seminars throughout the year.