Opol, Misamis Oriental
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Measurements: 32 inches - 25 inches - 35 inches
Education: Studying Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
Describe your childhood/growing up years (8-13 years old):
Growing up without a dad never truly took a toll in my childhood years because my mom made it a point to shower us with love, affection, and joy. Life was hard because my family had to make ends meet, but we were happy. We were taught to always be grateful for whatever we had and that true beauty is what our hearts possess. Back in those days, my sisters and I were all carefree. We basked in the heat of the midday sun, we made sandcastles and mermaid tails by the beach, we told horror stories when the power went out, and we played common Pinoy games down the street. As much as we loved playing outside, we still helped our mother in managing our house even in those moments I didn’t want to. I could clearly remember the moment I had with my mother when we were at the market picking out food & supplies and I didn’t want to go because I’d rather play. It wasn’t much of a magical childhood, but to me, it was amazing.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood/growing years?
My childhood years taught me to appreciate the smallest things in life. When I was young, there was a time when I questioned our situation. Why were we living like this? Why couldn’t I get the things I want? I even questioned my mother’s role in our lives. Looking back, I feel blessed that my mother was so patient with me during that season of my life. I am now truly grateful of these experiences and what life gave us.
Most memorable moment:
There was a time when someone aired her sentiments that we, Teaño sisters, are worth nothing but runners up in all the pageants we joined and will be joining. It broke my heart hearing that, but I carried on and it makes my most memorable moment to date even more special. That most memorable moment was winning the title of Miss Kuyamis 2020. Of all the pageants I joined, Miss Kuyamis 2020 was where I opened my heart and bared the reality of my family’s setup. It was no secret that my mother was a solo parent with 3 little girls to feed and nurture, but it was an image of a family that this society seldom appreciated. Along the Miss Kuyamis 2020 journey, I would feel insecure of how my co-candidates would have their complete families supporting them, apart from the fact that they looked more pleasing than me.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2019?
Basing it from my family’s experience, we, women don’t often get to have a say even when we are already seated at the table. The appreciation starts with the way we look, but it all ends there. My heart just has so much to share, but people sometimes just do not care. Miss Philippines Earth 2020 is a far bigger platform with the capacity to reach out to people all around the world, and winning would mean so much if I can advocate what’s inside my heart. Our ocean waters will always be a part of who we are, just like our families. But the difference between our families and nature is that nature is perfect and we sometimes destroy it in the name of making memories for ourselves. Being the woman chosen to hold such a title would enable me to encourage a bigger number of people to rally behind my advocacy, which is protecting and preserving our ocean waters.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy is “Protection and Preservation of Ocean Waters”. Growing up in a municipality with the longest gray beach shoreline, I find it my mission to protect and preserve what’s left of the ocean waters I pass every day. When we were little, my mom would usually bring me and my siblings to the beach and we’d all make memories there. My sisters and I would even pretend to be mermaids. The ocean water is where most of my people get their livelihood, food, tourism, and where we create memories. There’s a different world under the waters that future generations should be given a chance to explore. In a way, the water gives back to the living creatures of the land. This symbiotic relationship of nature should not be destroyed and disturbed by man and our personal interests or lack of apathy. We should remember that apart from being God’s co-creator, He also made man to be nature’s protector.