Rizza Paula Infante
La Castellana, Negros Occidental
Height: 5 feet 4 and a half inches
Measurements: 34 inches - 26 inches - 36 inches
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
My parents are separated, so I grew up with just my mom by my side. My mother taught me to be independent, resilient and courageous; to rise above adversities. She always advised me to be ambitious and to aim further.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my childhood is that “Winners never quit, quitters never win.” I was constantly reminded by my mentor that if you aspire for something, you should never quit. Accept failures because failures never mean the end. You have to lose battles in order to win a war. My deficiencies molded me into who I am today.
Most memorable moment:
Upon reflection, I found that each failure that I had were memorable moments. One in particular stood out. Back in December 2019, I experienced social media disgrace and it went viral. I was judged, humiliated and persecuted without being asked about my side of the story. But I didn’t let my life end there. I came back stronger and learned more about myself. I accepted the situation and I overcame my flaws. This was the turning point in my life and I learned to thrive to attain my dreams and become the best version of myself.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019?
I have seen the efforts of the organization towards the protection of our environment and I believe that this is the best platform to promote my cause, to develop an eco-cultural lifestyle amongst ourselves, and to replicate it in every household. Being a voice and an influence is not enough to make a drastic development in the environment, it requires commitment, empathy, and authenticity on the actions. You are your own cause. And this is the sole purpose why I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2020.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My environmental advocacy is simple: to build an eco-cultural village for my town, La Castellana. In choosing an advocacy, I always seek for it to be feasible, sustainable and replicable because advocacies are not just for show in pageants, it must be a life purpose. That’s one thing I have learned upon establishing and managing my own organization for culture and heritage. I have spent 2 years of research in community development and I believe this is feasible in rural towns. I have formulated a model community that would be fit and attainable in the town of La Castellana.