Ana Monica Tan
Tagolan, Misamis Oriental
Flower: Fire Tree
Profession/Education: College Graduate
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 35 inches - 25 inches - 35 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
I have always been a very active person. As a child, I would always play outdoors with my friends enjoying Filipino games such as tumbang preso and langit lupa. I started learning the art of Taekwondo at the age of 9. It was a personal choice which my parents did not like because I was a girl and I might get hurt, but still I pursued and I found passion in this sport. I have traveled to different places in the Philippines to compete and have thankfully won many competitions. I was even able to compete in Manila at the age of 12 without my parents accompanying me, but I did have my teammates and coach.
In my growing up years, I was also able to enjoy our humble farm in the province where my grandmother would usually teach me plenty of things to do at the farm. She would take me out to walk around the farm and she would point at the different trees while identifying them. She taught me how to plant crops and trees, when to water the plants and how to take care of the environment.
I was also able to experience snorkeling with my father in deep waters. From a young age, I have been in awe with the mesmerizing underwater world.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
- There is a difference between living and just being alive.
- In this lifetime, nothing is constant. Live and cherish the best moments in life as long as you are not stepping on anyone.
- I am an extension of God’s healing hands.
- It is okay to be tired and get hurt, but never give up.
- No matter what, always be kind.
- Whenever I have goals and aspirations in life, I learned to keep myself motivated by asking one question. “How bad do you want it?”
Most memorable moment:
Family days spent at the farm
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019?
I grew up loving mother earth. I love how the trees sway with the wind making beautiful music. I love the rhythm of the waves in the sea. I love the majestic creatures that roam the land, sea and air. As a child, I lived in appreciation for these God given creations.
Beautiful as it may seem, my idea of a world was so perfect. Slowly as my eyes succumbed to reality, I realized that forces were out to abuse the resources that nature provides for us. Mother earth is hurt. Marine animals choking in plastic, millions of trees being cut every day, climate change; these are all real, these are all happening.
I envision a world where the next generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of mother earth. I promote environmental sustainability and preservation. I believe Miss Philippines Earth is the best pageant for me to exert my desire for environmental protection.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Conservation and management of watershed and natural resources. Water is a necessity we use every day. A watershed is all the land area that drains down to a stream or other body of water. It also comprises valuable resources, intangible goods and even sites for residential, agricultural or commercial use. The protection of river waters and responsible use of land are essential in the preservation of our resources. I believe that the sustainable production of goods and services demanded by society without adversely affecting the sustainability of soil and water resources can be attainable.
Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental is home to the 13th largest river in the Philippines making it a large contributor in the collection of water in land areas. Therefore, this would be a great platform for my municipality. I plan to focus on a Watershed Management Plan in relation to social, economic and environmental context.