Angelica Mariel Banagan
Profession/Education: Visual Merchandiser
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 24 inches - 36 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My mom and my biological dad separated when I was 6yo. My mom as a single parent had to consider having my grandmother and aunties to watch over my older brother and I while she was at work. On the weekends or at least twice a month we go to my dad’s house to see him and spend time with him and with other relatives. I would describe my childhood as unusual compared to the other kids’ experience. However, having been under the care of other people other than my parents was not as different from others because I believe what’s important is we had people who took care of us and accepted us without asking for anything in return. And regardless of what situation we were at and who we were with, I will always be thankful for that.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
Considering my childhood experiences, I learned that at the end of the day we are all lucky enough to have people who are there to take care of us and never left us alone. I also learned how to be grateful for everything we have, most especially to our parents who always do their best to provide everything for us. It wasn’t an easy task for my mom to be a single parent and to take a risk of leaving us just to be able to do her job to give us the good life we deserve. I always believe that everything in this world happens for a reason and that God will not give us problems that we cannot handle and solve.
Most memorable moment:
The most memorable moment in my life is by far when I volunteer to do a Shoreline Cleanup in Vancouver BC. It was last year when I got an opportunity to build my own team to help cleaning the shore. It was very memorable and special to me not only because I wanted to do something for the community but also doing it with my family and relatives makes it even more exceptional. A lot of people were watching us, taking photos, and cheering us on for doing such an amazing job in saving our planet. I was so grateful and felt so thrilled to be able to give back to the environment.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019?
I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019 because I believe that this organization will help me to achieve my goals. With MPE’s mission and with my ambition together, I will be able contribute immensely to the protection of the environment. Miss Philippines Earth will help me reach my ambition to become an ambassador of the environment and to have more connections in the future so I could continuously promote the conservation of our natural resources. I always believe in myself and know that, with whatever I do, I work hard and put my heart and mind into everything. My knowledge and passion will help me become successful and help me become the next Miss Philippines Earth 2019.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
The city government in San Pablo Laguna (known as the City of Seven Lakes) supports the launching of the five-year Battle for Manila Bay rehabilitation program of the DENR as it also ensures the upkeep, conservation and protection of its seven famous lakes. The City has been drawing tourists to its natural lakes that also provides agri-fisheries resources to the agriculture sector. However, Sampaloc Lake being the biggest and nearest lake to the urban center is prone to abuse by city folks and park goers who throw their garbage into the water. Therefore, the city government and concerned multi-sectoral groups have teamed up to undertake regular lakeshore clean-up activities.
As someone who spent half of her childhood in San Pablo Laguna, I advocate the #BattleforManilaBay rehabilitation program to help not only keep the cleanliness of the lakes and avoid having garbage flowing to Manila Bay, but also to assist in spreading awareness so that people may become more responsible citizens. This problem has always been there from the very beginning and we need to address the entry of invasive species and pollution in the seven lakes so that it can stop. We need to be aware of our actions. If we want to have a clean environment and beautiful places to visit, we also need to know how to follow simple rules and regulations. Being responsible and concerned for our planet will create a huge impact. This is something we need to take seriously and keep in mind that if we all work together as one, anything is possible.
I chose this advocacy because I remember the feeling of helping clean up the shoreline in Vancouver. It was amazing how we ended up collecting only a small amount of garbage which only means that the shoreline was not very filthy. Vancouverites are very much disciplined and responsible when it comes to taking care of the environment. Vancouver BC has so many lakes and beautiful beaches just like in Laguna and I believe that if Vancouver or any other cities can keep their natural resources away from harm, Laguna can too. At the end of the day, regardless of where we are, we deserve to live in a clean and sustainable environment.