Miss Philippines-Earth 2012 Candidates (19-21)

Miss Mun. of FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga
JENNIFER GRACE ALBERTO
22 years old | Licensed Vocational Nursing, Antelope Valley Career Academy

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
When I was young and living in America, I would always see my parents and grandparents preparing balikbayan boxes to send back home to the Philippines for our family. My parents came from difficult, humble conditions of living, but they knew that they had to fight and earn not just to provide for themselves, but also to help others. And it didn't stem from the mentality of it being a chore or an obligation to the rest of the family. The motivation that empowered them to work so hard was founded on love — love for their family because seeing one's family struggle can break one's heart. I am now more aware of how incredible a blessing it was for my grandparents and parents to have the opportunity to come to America so that they could earn an honest living by working diligently and help out the rest of our family and friends here. They never forgot their roots, their culture, or where they came from. They haven't forgotten who they are, which is 100% Filipino. They understood the importance of giving back -- not just taking and receiving or leaving and forgetting. I believe now I am at that stage in life where it is my turn to allow God to use me as a tool. It is my turn to give back, not only to my family, but to my people and the country that defines my cultural identity.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
One of the biggest lessons I have learned from my adolescent years is to be fearless -- especially fearless of failure. As a child, I always possessed a fighting spirit. I always strived to be the best that I could be at anything I did, especially when it came to academics. I was a perfectionist. However, my weakness was my colossal fear of failure. There were endeavors that I wished to pursue and things that I wanted to try when I was younger, but the fear of failure inhibited me from trying. So, for a while, I decided to remain in my comfort zone doing things in which I knew I excelled. Eventually, I became tired of allowing this fear to paralyze me. I realized that I wasn't growing as a person. There was a bigger picture that I had to consider -- either I selfishly stay in my comfort zone because of my anxiety and allow my talents to go to waste, or I take the risk to leap and allow God to use me as a tool with whatever mission He may have in store for me. So now I don't look at failures the same anymore. They are not the end of the world. They are more like lessons to be learned. They have made me a stronger, wiser, and more humble individual that others will be able to relate to. The failures and struggles I have experienced are the cement that solidifies my backbone. Under no circumstances will I be broken.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
My most memorable moment in life dates back to 1998 when I was 8 years old. I woke up in the morning and got ready for school. As I was eating breakfast in the kitchen, the phone rang. My dad answered and it was my uncle. In that moment, the atmosphere became quiet and solemn. I sensed a coldness in the air, but I continued to eat my cereal anyway, pretending not to notice. When my dad hung up the phone, he told me that my 19-year-old cousin was fatally shot. Right then and there my heart broke into a million pieces and my world stopped for a moment. I suppose in that moment, that naïve mentality that "all your loved ones are going to be with you forever "died inside my mind also. I was very close to him and loved him so much. I could not believe how such a young life was taken away. It was then that it hit me how short life can be and that tomorrow's never promised. At eight years old, I realized that one had to live life each day to the fullest with dignity and honor, because one never knows when his or her day may come.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
I can't say that I've done anything that I would consider to be unusual. I'm a very open-minded person who enjoys learning about and trying new things. So I can't quite say that I've done anything unusual or peculiar.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
I believe my calling in life is to help people, regardless of what stage or age in life I am at and I will heed to that calling daily. My purpose is to dedicate my time and effort to others. Someone once said, "As long as there is a man in this world who is hungry, sick, lonely, or living in fear, he is my responsibility." I want to live my life by the quote.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
My environmental advocacy is to promote proper waste management. I believe it is important to spread environmental awareness in the community, as well as actively participate in the activities and projects of bettering our environmental conditions. We need to promote proper waste management, which is done in an environmentally safe and sanitary manner. Many of our dumpsites contain infectious material due to the mishandling of our waste, which creates dangerous and threatening conditions for our waste pickers and sanitary workers. Some people may have the misconception that proper waste management is solely the responsibility of the government—but it's not! It starts with each and every one of us. Even the smallest steps we take, and throwing away trash in its rightful place instead of littering, choosing to recycle, and choosing not to burn our garbage as a means of disposal may seem insignificant. Yet, if we can get a vast majority of people choose to do this daily, it adds up to make a colossal difference in the preservation of our environment. Mother Nature has given us so much, so it is our duty to protect and preserve her.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
If we can come together and organize events to raise funds for clean renewable energy sources, such as solar powered light bulbs and solar powered LED technology, we can help poverty-stricken families in developing and underdeveloped countries who rely on dangerous pollutants such as charcoal, kerosene, and wood. With the donations we can raise, households in rural areas will have the necessary light needed when children need to study after dark. Availability of renewable energy sources will also allow mothers and fathers to work after dark for a better livelihood. As for well-developed countries, we must work towards improving energy efficient technology. We must push forward to become a society that heavily utilizes renewable sources of energy such as wind energy, solar energy, hydroelectric energy, ocean energy, and geothermal energy. If we can commit to promoting the awareness of our cause, we can multiply our number of supporters. Every little bit of effort counts. 
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Miss Mun. of IBAAN, Batangas
DANE FELISSE MARASIGAN
21 years old | BS Entrepreneurship Student from De La Salle University

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
I am very blessed to have a loving parents who have worked so hard to get the life they've been dreaming of. I was very creative & active when I was a child. I loved to draw and my parents enrolled me in various lessons, such as voice & piano.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
The most important lesson that I've learned from my childhood was to trust God no matter what. My sister passed away when I was 9 and my family & I were very devastated. However, we offered our burden & pain to God because we knew that God always has good intentions and that He always has a plan for us.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
My most memorable moment was when I joined my very first pageant and won. That pageant changed my outlook in life. I used to be a shy & timid girl with very little confidence in herself. That pageant gave me the courage & conviction to pursue the person I dreamed of becoming: a more confident woman.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing that I've ever done would was something I did when I was a child. I used to hug a tree whenever nature was calling me.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
My ambition in life is to follow the footsteps of my parents. They have always been my inspiration in pursuing my dreams. They started from nothing but due to their hard work, my brother & I now have a brighter future ahead of us. Like them, I want to become a hardworking, disciplined and strong woman.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
We should learn to conserve energy by always unplugging our appliances when not in use. This will not only save money but will also lessen the use fossil fuels that emit harmful gas in the earth's atmosphere. I chose this advocacy because people tent to neglect unplugging their appliances & they are unaware that they are wasting energy.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
I believe we should all start from our community and impart to them our knowledge about conserving energy. This way, they will be aware of how to save energy. 
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Miss Province of IFUGAO
ALVY FAITH PEL-EY
19 years old | Legislative Staff

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
I grew up in the mountains. What we lacked in material things were compensated by a warm and loving family coupled with a rich and sustainable environment that produced most of the basic things that we needed. I spent my childhood years assisting my father in the farm and going around with my mother while she was doing her job as a rural health midwife.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
Family is the most important thing in life.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
My most memorable moment is camping around the fire after harvest at the terraces with my family and neighbors.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
Joined a beauty pageant at the age of 13 and competing against candidates who were18 years old and above.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
To be the best person that I can be.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
Planting trees within our forest zone. The environment and the human body are one and the same, You poison the environment, you poison our human body as well. Trees not only breathe out oxygen but also purify most pollutants that men throw into the environment.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
It's about time to use and explore sustainable sources of energy, which our environment has in abundance, such as wind and solar energy to name a few.
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