Miss Philippines-Earth 2012 Candidates (43-45)

Miss Mun. of SUBIC, Zambales
FERMIRA DIANNE RAMOS
22 years old | Management Information System Graduate

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
Just like other normal kids, I had a happy childhood. I was raised solely by my mother and she transcended all expectations. I was lucky enough to be pampered, with an abundance of love, by my family. I preferred staying at home and spending my time playing with my pets, reading books and watching television shows/movies.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
At a very young age, I was taught the value of having a robust relationship with God and this resulted in me being labeled as "the kid who is best in religion" for four consecutive years in our family. I've also learned the significance of humility. I believe that a person should always be humble because all the material things, fame and luck are either temporary or blessings that we should and appreciate just be thankful for. Having a good personality, on the other hand, could bring me further in life. Lastly, I learned the essence of respect in general, applicable to respect for other people and for oneself, as well for all living things.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
My three-day charity visit was the most memorable moment for me. We were asked to participate in one of the projects of our group called, "The Helping Hands." We went to remote places and witnessed several problems, which I believe requires attention in our society, such as hunger, lack of education, poverty and abandonment, to name a few. I even remember a kid who I initially thought had difficulty writing, until I saw that his pencil was only 2 inches long. This made me admire students like him because they don't consider problems like that a hindrance in pursuing their education. Then we went to the home for the disabled and though some of them are abandoned children, they still have one thing in common: a positive outlook in life, It was an eye-opener and life changing experience for me. Even though it seems like I was the one who helped them, I believe they helped me more. I understand that it is human nature to often complain or get sad about what we don't have instead of appreciating what we have but after this experience, I've realized that it's not about the bad things that happen to us but about how we see and react to the challenges that life will give us.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
As a pet lover, I have this huge interest in animals, particularly dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits and hamsters. There was this one time when it was raining hard and I saw four kittens on the sidewalk, all wet and trembling so I asked the driver to stop and I took the four kittens. Some people gave me a puzzled look since it was raining hard and I didn't have my umbrella with me. I immediately ran back to my car and that night I gained four new pets at home.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
My goal is to be successful in the field of business and beauty pageants since I have the passion for both.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
My environmental advocacy is to start our efforts to protect our environment now through simple means, such as: recycling, proper waste management and disposal, energy conservation, decreasing our dependency on luxury items and using viable forms of energy to curb the destruction of environment because I believe that there should be a concerted effort on the part of every single human being to preserve and conserve the vast resources of our environment.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
Do not leave appliances such as television sets and fans on stand-by because it is estimated that 5-15% of household electricity consumption worldwide is wasted on stand-by mode.

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Miss TABUK City
GLENNIFER PERIDO
22 years old | Nursing Graduate

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
I grew up in the province of Kalinga with my grandmother and cousins since my mom was working abroad and my dad lived in Laguna. I used to sell meriendas like mangos, bananas, coconut and corn in school so that I'd have enough money for the next day. During my summer break I would also go with my aunt to sell food and clothes at the barrios in exchange for bananas and coconuts. These experiences are some of the things that molded me into who I am now.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
I learned that we can survive only if we give importance to what God has given us. Instead of destroying our environment, why not use it for our survival and preserve it for the survival of the future generations?

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
When I passed the Nursing Licensure Examination

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
Surviving the trauma of a hold-up incident that happened a night before my debut celebration is, for me, the most unusual thing I've ever done. It's very traumatic. At first I couldn't even go around by myself because I was really afraid they might get me, but I prayed and conditioned my mind not to allow myself to live in fear forever but to learn from it instead.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
To be able to help people without anything monetary in exchange is my ambition. That is the reason why I am not considering working abroad as a nurse to earn money.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
Green energy or renewable energy is the energy of the future. It is cost efficient and environment-friendly. It doesn't contribute much to greenhouse gas emissions, which is the main cause of climate change. I believe that we must harness the full utilization of renewable sources of energies.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
Let us go towards using solar panels, bio fuel, windmills and other sources of renewable energy, which are much favorable for us. 
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Miss USA WEST - Fil. Community
KAYLEE CALAGUAS
19 years old | Model

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
When I was a little girl, I had always wanted a sister or brother. By the third grade, a little sister came to me as a Christmas gift. From that day on, I spent most of my days adoring my little sister- reading to her, feeding her and playing with her. I spent a lot of time trying to act like the older sister and show that I knew a lot of things (i.e. tying my shoes and rollerblading). At a young age, I was already trying to be a role model and set a good example. Besides this, I would read so much that I would get in trouble with my teachers and parents. I wrote stories and dreamed of them coming to life in a movie or in the form of a book.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
I learned many lessons growing up. But two that stuck by me through all of the years were "always be yourself" and 'always live life with passion and to follow your dreams'. Seems very cliché, but growing up, I was a very hyper child and many people would scold me and tell me to change my ways. My parents stood by my side in every altercation -- every time I would get in trouble or spill the paint in class. I grew out of my hyper stage and channeled my energy into becoming an outgoing woman. I thank my parents everyday for believing in me and knowing that who I am is exactly who I should be.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
The most memorable thing that I've done was moving to the Philippines. It's very memorable because I've always loved Filipino culture and now, by living here, I get to experience it firsthand. It was mostly memorable because I came to the Philippines alone and came to make it my home. I had no prior friends here, but I was ready to take on another country and start a new adventure. It was my first time living alone or away from home, but I wanted to explore with my own eyes and taste the flavors of the land.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I've ever done was join a pageant. I was 16 years old and a tomboy (sporty) when I first joined a pageant in LA and it was the most out-of-character thing for me to do. I had never worn makeup, heels, and I had dreaded every time my parents would make me wear a dress. But I was growing up and I wanted to learn more about that side of being a woman. So at a young age, I went headfirst into the glamorous world of pageantry, though I still kept my basketball shoes close by. I've loved the glitz and glam ever since.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
My ambition in life is to become a doctor. As a child, I've always loved the field of medicine and volunteered at the local Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I was in a special medical program in high school and was lucky enough to experience being an up-close observer in some of my uncle's surgical procedures. My ultimate dream would be to become like Dr. Oz. I admire how he promotes healthy living and shares the wealth of his knowledge with the world. I'm very passionate about knowledge and spreading it to people. It is my dream to put to use the knowledge that I've learned and to save lives in the process.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
When it comes to environmental advocacy, I choose a sustainable living for all. I believe that change is possible, especially within our own self. Change starts at home. If a person is taught how to conserve electricity, purify water, or even how to install solar panels, they are taking the first steps towards saving the environment. I was taught that it is better to teach a person how to fish rather than to give them fish.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
A tip I can give is that 'a little can go a long way', meaning that just by changing your light bulbs or turning off the lights before you leave the room, you can save money and conserve energy.

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