Miss Philippines-Earth 2012 Candidates (46-47)

Miss VIGAN City
MARY CANDICE RAMOS
24 years old | 4th year, BS Tourism Management, University of the Philippines

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
My childhood was more of strict rather than nurturing. I was expected to lead my younger sister and brother to perform our tasks successfully. In our house, we had time for watching TV, playing, doing our homework, and doing our chores. My father was an egalitarian and he would always want to instill that in us. Later on, I've realized the value of the lessons they have passed on to us.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
I've learned how to be independent and how to dream big. These are two important factors that are pushing me to be thankful for all the things I have now. These are the factors that are pushing me to achieve my goals in life.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
It was when a robber held me up at knifepoint. It was when I realized that self-defense is a must. I soon started to carry all sorts of things in by purse, a folding knife, a taser, a whistle, and whatnots. But the most important thing I am carrying is presence of mind, and of course, the intelligence of how to use everything in your purse.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
When I went to Thailand to be an exchange student and a trainee, I've experienced climbing up and going down the waterfalls one time. It was unusual because the rest of the foreigners who were with us did not take the risk. More curious than scared, I took the challenge and forgot that I have this fear of heights.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
I dream of having my local business, living in my dream house, and teaching kids one day. When I was young, I thought that my teachers were superheroes so I wanted to be just like them. Up to now, I still think they have super powers and I still want to be just like them: honing young minds into becoming great citizens not just in their own little way, but to be the best person in every single field they choose.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
I support local organic products not just because of the goodness that these organic products bring but also because of the boost it offers to the local producers and manufacturers.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
Maximize the use of social media in the awareness of the current situation we are facing when it comes to the issues about sustainable energy. 
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Miss ZAMBOANGA City
KRISTINA CASSANDRA BUAC

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 Years old)
When I was a child, I was often bullied by my classmates and because of that, I hated going to school. But my mom told me to stop weeping and to never let anyone step on me. She even added that I should learn to fight and be strong because I wasn't raised to be stepped on. That's why, to this day, I always fight for what is right and stand up for myself.

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS?
Never let anyone control you, dominate your decisions and step on you because every human being is born with dignity and self-respect is something we owe to ourselves. Another lesson I learned is to accept my encounters with failure and use them as tools for growth because experience is the best teacher.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?
When I won the Zamboanga's Top Model contest because it was the first time I saw how proud I made my family. The pride I saw in them matters more to me than winning the title.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU'VE EVER DONE
Falling in love with someone who's already taken.

WHAT IS YOUR AMBITION IN LIFE?
My ambition in life is to take my family on a trip abroad because I really hate it when my dad envies his brother who has already been outside the country. I want to take my parents to all the places they want to explore because it's the least I can do as their daughter. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I will do everything I can just to achieve my goal, which is to fulfill my parents' dreams, especially Papang's dream, because fulfilling their dreams would already fulfill mine.

WHAT IS YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS?
My advocacy is to strengthen the implementation of the 'polluter pays' principle. The 'polluter pays' principle makes the party responsible for producing pollution pay for the damage done to the environment. Through the said principle, not only would we be more aware of our environmental problems but people would also learn about the ill effects of pollution and they would think twice before they decide to pollute again. I believe that this principle, if implemented strictly, would make a good starting point in achieving a pollution-free country in the future.

WHAT TIP CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL?
The best way to promote sustainable energy is to educate people about sustainable energy and its effects. For instance, charging your laptops, cellular phones and other gadgets only when needed will not only save money but also conserve energy. Let's promote change by starting with ourselves and being examples for the future generations. 

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