Miss Philippines-Earth 2014 Official Candidates

 
 
The candidates for Miss Philippines Earth 2014 was finally revealed to the media and the public on Wednesday, April 2, at the SM Megamall Events Hall.

The event was highlighted by a ramp modeling contest for the candidates, showcasing their SM green eco-bags wherein Patrixia Sherly Santos of Albay came out victorious. While Mabel Joy Verceles who represents Quezon City sold the most number of eco-bags for the SM Greenbag challenge.
 
Reigning queens Miss Philippines-Earth 2013 Angelee delos Reyes, Alma Cabasal (Miss Philippines-Earth Water), Nancy Leonard (Miss Philippines-Earth Air), Athina Chia (Miss Philippines-Earth Fire), and Bernadette Aguirre (Miss Philippines-Earth Eco Tourism) also graced the event to meet the new set of candidates.

This year's competition will revolve on the theme "Reality in M.E." The theme is set to capture the "reality in staging a pageant," opening up preparations, behind the scenes and footage, and information to the audience.

Here's the list of this year's candidates:
 
 
NORTH LUZON
 
 
BINALONAN, Pangasinan: Catherine Catbagan, 24

What is your environmental advocacy?

From the start, trees have provided us life’s essential: food and oxygen. As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools. But the earth’s surging population adds more pressure each year, and thousands of trees are aggressively being cut down just to sustain our need for progress and modernization. I want to raise awareness of this severe imbalance, to preserve old trees and to plant more trees every year. I want to strive to make headway by directly increasing public awareness of the effects of us cutting down trees and to usher a new era of conservancy. Unless efforts are made to save trees, the human species may suffer to an extent that other species already have suffered.

CAMILING Tarlac: Thessa Marie Saavedra

What is your environmental advocacy? 

To teach students at a young age the importance of environment preservation, so that future generations do not have to experience natural calamities like “Typhoon Yolanda”.

DINALUPIHAN, Bataan: Monique Teruelle Manuel, 24

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My advocacy is to GO ORGANIC TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING. Our food choices can be a powerful means of change for I sincerely believe that eating take so much of our lives that what we choose to eat can be one of the most important ways to help save our planet. By going organic, you support an institution that significantly reduce the use of Carbon Dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases responsible for the earth's warming. Organic farms do manure and composting versus traditional farms that uses fertilizers that produce more CO2's. If we patronize it, we are not only helping the environment but we also elevate the economic and agricultural sectors. So choose the right food and you can help reverse global warming, boosts our economy and make lives better for our farmers. 

GAPAN, Nueva Ecija: Ma. Paula Bianca Paz, 25, Fashion Designer

What is your ambition in life:

My ambition in life would be to become successful in my own standards so that I can take care of my family and to be of help to our community so that my loved ones as well as others could live a better life.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I care. I care not only for our environment, but also for this nation and the people that form this nation. With the genuineness and sincerity of my intentions, I truly believe that I can make a difference.

What is your environmental advocacy?

My environmental advocacy is sharing my belief in respecting our nature, protecting and preserving eco-tourism sites.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in you City/Municipality/Province?

Intensified campaign to promote eco-tourism sites through use of social network to attract more local and foreign tourists. Organize regular clean-up drives around eco-tourism sites by local citizens covering all sectors – youth, business, civic groups and even senior citizens. In this way, hand in hand and as one, citizens benefitting from the eco-tourism sites will take pride in promoting and taking care of it. 

GERONA, Tarlac: Marjorie Acuña

What is your environmental advocacy?

Preservation of our environment and its biodiversity through reinforcing our existing natural resources. I strongly support the projects of our government such as the Greening program of DENR. We have to start taking actions today for our future generation, rebuild what we have lost today so that the Earth that our forefathers have seen would still be the Earth that our great grandchildren will see in the future.  

 LAOAG City: Ma. Theresa Ocampo, 25

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

The reduction and offsetting of carbon footprints in the home. I’m focused on the home because the home is the smallest collective unit of people, and reducing/offsetting carbon footprints is a collective effort. The family is the foundation of society, and I hope to start with that foundation to build a community that is well-educated as to the dangers of carbon emissions, and is imbued with a spirit of responsibility for climate change.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

To promote eco-tourism, it is first necessary to identify what makes eco-tourism unique and special in the Philippines. We must showcase our culture and our precious natural resources. Eco-tourism in the Philippines should not feel like eco-tourism in any other country. Eco-tourists must come away with more than just a feeling of having helped the environment: they must come away feeling that they have connected with a unique and vibrant community, whether that be the Isneg people who live just North of my city Laoag, Ilocos Norte, or even Manileños living in urban environments. My last job was as a marketing officer, and I’d like to let you know that what most influences a buying decision is a recommendation of a friend. This means that the most persuasive promoter of eco-tourism is an eco-tourist recommending a tour activity to his or her friends. By creating unforgettable experiences, we’ll turn tourists into brand ambassadors who will promote Philippine eco-tourism for us.

 MARIVELES, Bataan: Jenn Kristel Gonzales

What is your environmental advocacy?

My environmental advocacy is to alleviate poverty through ecotourism in harmony with the millennium development goals set by no less than the United Nations, and to which the Philippines is a party which gives rise to an obligation of our country to comply with the aforesaid international treaty together with the community of nations to attain sustainable development.

It is a given fact that the Philippines is rich in terms of natural resources. What we have to do is to maximize the use of our environmental reserves and equally distribute the gains we could derived from the maximization of such use in order to eradicate if not suppress poverty. But it is to be underscored that such use and maximization of our natural resources be made with due and just regard with the future generations in order for them to witness the grandeur and beauty of our environment.

In light of these considerations, I would like to make a call to all Filipinos that education is inevitable and of paramount importance so that we could refrain from doing or undertaking actions or activities, respectively, which will have harmful effects to our ecosystem. With such education, we could inculcate to the consciousness of our citizenry the need for protecting and conserving our environment so that we could all have a better quality of life, and in order for the next generations to experience first-hand the blessing of a magnificent environment which even words could not describe enough.

I make further call to our government officials to ensure the equitable and just distribution of gains from the use of our environmental resources in order to successfully diminish if not totally eradicate poverty so that all the people could benefit the blessings of the creation of God. 


STA. RITA, Pampanga: Angelie Crizelle Ocampo, 21, Toursim Graduate

What is your ambition in life?

To be a beauty queen

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to be the next Miss Philippines Earth because I embody the ideals of the organization and the cause that it promotes. I cherish its purpose to help mother earth. But it’s not a simple task. It takes discipline and commitment. I have these values and with your help, we can work together, identify the specific areas of concern, and contribute to preserve nature.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

I believe in proper waste disposal, which for me is not just a simple task, but a system. It involves the actual process of segregating waste, supporting the people behind it, enhancing 3Rs and most of all, being a more responsible steward to the resources bestowed upon us.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

The use of paper bags and just continue applying the 3 R's in our place to protect our nature.


SOUTH LUZON


TAYTAY, Rizal: Anna Carmela Aquino, 23, Student and Customer Service Rep.

What is your ambition in life?

My ambition in life is to become an inspirational beauty queen.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I want to serve as an inspiration to everyone that dreams really do come true through hard work and having faith. Also, I want to inculcate environmental awareness to the younger generation and make everyone responsible for the world that we are living in. This is my advocacy, to be Mother Earth’s ambassador.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

As part of the Educational System, my environmental advocacy is to include Environmental Education to the curriculum. This project would include workshops and seminars to schools all over the country. Educators would spare an hour per week to promote awareness to the current situation of our environment to the youth. This will make them more conscious of our surroundings and learn ways to care for the environment. Tree planting would be a very simple yet effective way of rebuilding our environment. This would be a regular activity for students. I chose this advocacy because I believe that the youth is the hope of our future. We cannot solve things if we are not aware of it. Awareness is the key. For the true development and making the surroundings greener, we should start making our youth aware and guide them to find ways to maximize what we have in fostering the rebirth of mother earth.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

The tip I can share to promote Eco-tourism in our municipality is to make a steering committee that will focus on Eco-tourism. As part of this, we will continue to search for possible Eco-tourism spots in the area. It may be a newly discovered location or an existing area that could still be developed to attract tourism. Eco-tourism would also help the most important resource we have in Taytay, our manpower. This would help build jobs for the people in the community and at the same time promote environmental awareness.

AGONCILLO, Batangas: Kaycie Lyn Fajardo, 19

What is your environmental advocacy?

Let’s not wait for another story of “Noah’s Ark”. Let’s not wait for all the inactive volcanoes to burst with fury. It is time to make a step forward, to change our destructive habits. 

CABUYAO, Laguna: Roanne Refrea, 24, International Business and Entrepreneurial Management Graduate

What is your ambition in life?

I’d like to be a motivational speaker someday. To be able to communicate effectively and inspire other people on what I have achieved.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I can be the next Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I am driven with a sense of responsibility. My leadership ability is a true test of character and discipline to commit myself to tall orders. A balanced relationship and nourishing foundation from my family sustains my desire for this competition.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

I would like to promote rainwater collection. This is to utilize harvested rainwater without the need of huge capital expenditure. I chose this advocacy because it appears to be one of the most promising alternatives for supplying freshwater in the face of increasing water scarcity and escalating demand.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

We can showcase the uniqueness of my city by giving proper training to all officials and stakeholders in Eco-tourism. Give local communities a voice to enhance best practices for better information and marketing. Lastly, we should create a lesson from the good and bad examples; share it to create a database to upgrade our quality of service. 

CAINTA, Rizal: Maria Jenny Gonzalez

What is your environmental advocacy? 

Addressing climate change: with education; by choice. Education whether it’s through school or merely through parenting is a very significant contribution everyone in the world should be endowed with. Once we have a better educated global community, we are then able to make informed decisions to make a difference; to make a choice to love, protect and save our earth; to make a choice to harm our earth no more; to make a choice for our future generations that they will have an earth to live on.  

DARAGA, Albay: Patrixia Sherly Santos, 22, Law Student

What is your ambition in life?

To live a life of purpose and to become a successful lawyer.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to become Miss Philippines-Earth 2014 because I have always admired the cause of the organization and the idea of being part of such organization in helping promote environmental protection and at the same time do something I’m very passionate about it by being a spokesperson as this has always been one of my goals and dreams inlife. It would be a great honor to commit myself to devoting my skills and capabilities to such a beauty title that clearly stands for something full of meaning.

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?

My advocacy is focused on promoting environmental literacy and pushing for free-market envirionmentalism.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your City/Municipality/Province?

Promoting eco tourism will be more effective if all communities are involved. This can be achieved by promoting environmental literacy through different community activities, like festivals, special events and seminars. Once each citizen understands the real importance of Eco-Tourism in the environment and in their personal lives, they will be able to promote it properly. 

MALINAO, Albay: Anna Czarina Buenviaje, 21

What is your environmental advocacy?

My advocacy is the promotion of eco tourism in the country because we’re very rich in natural resources, beautiful spots and a peaceful country full of festivals and traditions which can help uplift the economy of the country.

RODRIGUEZ, Rizal: Nicole Grimalt, 19

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My environmental advocacy is to preserve and rehabilitate our forests. The importance of an eco-park is to promote its essence and our responsibility for our nature. 

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite: Joselle Mariano, 18

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My environmental advocacy is to push sustainable development as an organizing principle for human life on earth. Sustainable development is a development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs. It is a known fact that the government cannot achieve sustainable development on their own so, we all have a part to play small actions taken collectively can add up to real change.

TANAUAN City: Diane Carmela Querrer, 25

What is your environmental advocacy? 

Teaching young children how they can help our environment, specifically how they can fight against global warming, is my environmental advocacy. I believe that awareness plays a very vital role on protecting our nature. I would like young children to be eco-warriors already at a young age.

SANTO TOMAS, Batangas: Mary Rose Pujanes, 21

What is your environmental advocacy? 

Why did you choose this? Ensuring a vibrant ecotourism industry in the country would translate to brighter economic prospects for the country in terms of jobs and business opportunities for Filipinos.  However, this can only be done if we are able to ensure that our ecotourism spots are kept the way they are.  Given this, my environmental advocacy is: NO TO TRAIL EROSION. Come for the experience. Enjoy the view. But DON’T leave a mark.

SAN NICOLAS, Batangas: Christine Angel Alvaira, 21

What is your environmental advocacy? 
 
My environmental advocacy is to promote proper waste disposal and recycling to maximize utilization of valuable resources and encourage resource conservation recovery. It will not only help us to prevent flooding and clogging of drainages but it will also lead us to lessen the pollution so as to uphold environmental awareness and actions.



VISAYAS

CEBU City: Jamie Herrell, 19

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My environmental Advocacy is Anti Animal Cruelty. Because I have seen how some people treat animals in a wrong way and I believe animals should be treated with love or at least in a proper manner.

DALAGUETE, Cebu: Pircelyn Pialago, 22

What is your ambition in life?

To be one of the youngest Newscasters in the Philippine Broadcasting Industry.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

I want to contribute to the cause of saving the environment by promoting green technology. This is technology that gives off less pollution and consumes less energy. This includes alternative fuel cars and L.E.D. lights. I believe green technology is important because you don't need to change much in your lifestyle so you can be environmentally friendly. But I believe few people are aware of this kind of technology. So I want to use my journalistic skills to help inform people of it.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

My provincial home town is Dalaguete in Cebu. My tip for eco-tourism in my hometown is to provide environment friendly local transport, for example, the e-tricycles. Since e-tricylces do not give off so much pollution, they are safer for the environment when bringing people around town. There is no smoke that can harm local plant and animal life, or even people with respiratory diseases. I want to support giving environment-friendly tools to local tourism businesses, which would also help the locals in their livelihood.

DUEÑAS, Iloilo: Ma. Bencelle Bianzon, 24

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

To save mother earth through the help of the youth which are the future generation of our society, through this, even if we will encounter calamities, we would be able to be inspired to help one other since these future generations has already know the value of the environment and its effects.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

The different religious churches and historical places in Iloilo that was preserved in every generation.
 
DUMAGUETE City: Kimberly Covert, 19

What is your environmental advocacy?

Where I live and many places in the Philippines we are suffering from garbage disposal crisis where our garbage gets jammed in unsanitary dumpsites that are wide-open to homes, waterways, and schools in its area. We cannot control the piles of garbage in this case. What will happen to the waste in 20 to 30 years from now?

My environmental advocacy focuses on saving the environment through proper waste segregation where we should be able to separate the biodegradable from the non-biodegradable so we can reuse and recycle. We need to have sanitary landfills to maintain the flow of garbage and prevent pollution. This way we can protect and preserve our environment.

ILOILO City: Janica Ella Hondrade, 21

What is your ambition in life?

To mold young learners as we consider them the future generation to become the best as they can be and be competitive globally and one with great concern in his surroundings.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I want to use the title to educate students on how to live in a wonderful world with love, concern and value. I also want them to appreciate our environment with commitment to make a change at a young age for they are able to carry that character as they grow old.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

My environmental advocacy is preserving and maintaining the cleanliness of Fresh water sources all over the country because out of 2.5% fresh water on earth only 1% is accessible to man. Fresh waters are found in lakes, rivers and reservoir. This advocacy is in line with the purpose and goal of our city Iloilo which maintains the beauty and essence of Iloilo River to the Ilonggo’s lives.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

Ecotourism is a great help to the people of Iloilo and to the government as well for it could lift its economy, socially responsibility, personal growth and environmental sustainability that could promote the city globally. Having this in Iloilo we could ensure direct financial support and, tourist will learn to respect our culture and environment.

 LILOAN, Cebu: Crystal Star Aberasturi, 21

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

My advocacy will be about waste segregation, information dissemination to recycle, reuse and help to have a greener future, because as what I have observe waste is one of the greatest challenge that our country is facing.  

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

The tip that I can share to promote Eco-tourism is by being a good example myself to other people to show them that I care about the ecosystem. Also by encouraging people especially the tourist to help one another in creating a greener Earth.
 MANDAUE City: Hannah Marie Caayon, 25, Junior Support Analyst 

What is your ambition in life?

I would want to make a mark in the world of investment banking and I would like to build my own foundation to send kids to school.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

Miss Philippines Earth is not just about beauty, but it is a beauty with a cause and a big responsibility. If i win this pageant, I will do to the best of my ability, and put my heart and soul, to take out the responsibility to promote my advocacy and environmental awareness.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

Promote and support the integration of the concept of the “Green Economy” through developing a sustainability framework for the public and private partnership projects in the Philippines.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

The best way to promote Eco-tourism is through its people and they could use one of the most influential tool in the society today which is the social media. 

ROSARIO, Northern Samar: Shaimaa Al Najjar, 24

What is your environmental advocacy? 
 
My environmental advocacy is sharing my belief in respecting our nature, protecting and preserving eco-tourism sites.



MINDANAO


TAMPILISAN, Zam. del Norte: Phoebe Ken Estoconing, 20

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My environmental advocacy is to keep planting trees because I believe that the true beauty of Mother Earth can only be seen in the color of green, with plenty of trees that will supply oxygen to human and animals and fresh air to breath, and also keep our surroundings cooler and we can prevent flash flood and landslides. No matter how we keep our surroundings clean, without trees it would never be an ideal place to live in.
 
 TIGBAO, Zam. del Sur: Jennifer Kaye Allego, 22

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this? 

I always believe that the earth is given as a common property for us men to labor and live in. And what a generous mother the earth is? She provides for us plentiful abundance. She served as our raiment, our house, our parent, and our nurse. But with the recent calamities and tragedies the Philippines is experiencing, that bring forth losses to life, properties, and amenities, we cannot refute the fact that the earth is preserved but in selfish and jealous ways. When are we going to realize that amidst these vast cities and powerful machines, the good earth is still our mother, and if we destroy her, we also destroy ourselves? Looking back at the people in our locality in TIGBAO, Zamboanga del Sur, where most of the inhabitants are tribal Filipinos, and who see the land as a symbol of their historical identity. I was eager to join Miss Philippines-Earth 2014! It is my prime and foremost advocacy to bring their voice in the preservation of the wild and the land as ancestral heritage. We need to see the reality that if the land is lost, the tribes too, shall be lost. And so, with this advocacy, I dare to become Miss Philippines-Earth 2014, because I know I can make a difference.

 TUNGAWAN, Zam. Sibugay: Cesdianne Daung, 19

What is your ambition in life?

To be a beauty queen and be able to represent the country in the International Beauty pageant.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to become Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I want to be more effective in my campaign in preserving Mother Earth. I have always dreamed to be an instrument to promote the eco-tourism spots in my municipality. As we all know, Tungawan and the rest of Zamboanga Peninsula is known all throughout the country as a conflict area. I would like to change the negative connotation of the people and the rest of the world about my beautiful place. I would like to show them that we have so much to offer and that we have so much potential, and that my municipality is a paradise waiting to be discovered.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

I picture Tungawan as the perfect place where I want to live. My advocacy is to have a clean environment because a lot can contribute if we have a clean environment. Its pollution free, eco friendly, healthy lifestyle and everybody lives longer.

My municipality takes pride of the rich coastal and marine resources. We have the beautiful Bangaan Island which we consider a marine sanctuary, and Looc-Labuan which given time could compete to the country’s best beach resorts. As Miss Tungawan, I would like to promote cleanliness especially in these areas and lead the information drive as to how the development of the eco-tourism creates an impact in the lives of the people.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

The locals are the best advertisements of their own land. Before we invite others, I strongly believe that our people should know first what we want everybody to know because automatically, I the people see something good happening around them, they will tell everyone about it. So everything starts with me, and transcends to the people around me.

 ZAMBOANGA City: Margie Alatan, 20

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My heart is convinced for the protection, preservation and replenishment of the environment which leads to my Levanta Zamboanga advocacy (in English means “Rise Zamboanga”). It aims to protect, preserve, and replenish the water shed and coastal mangroves. This became my winning factor having it as my ending phrase during the Miss Zamboanga competition. 

DAVAO City: Janelle Tee, 23

What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?

Since It's the International Year of Family Farming and this theme for Miss Philippines Earth 2014 is Eco-Tourism, I'd like to advocate for Agri-Tourism through Organic Vegetable Farming.

I chose this advocacy because it won't just help the environment to be clean and green but it also helps the people through the following:


1.) SKILLS - hone the skills of the people that will then lead to business opportunities through selling the vegetables.
2.) SAVE FOR YOUR HEALTH - sell it and save from it. They could cook and serve these vegetables on their respective tables at home thus encouraging the community to live a healthy lifestyle by eating Organic meals.
3.) TOURIST ATTRACTION - This will be a great tourist attraction for people would become interested on how Organic Vegetable Farming works. It's definitely a sustainable project because its a skill that you teach and impart to the people that they will surely benefit from in an environment-friendly, healthy and financial way.


 JOSE DALMAN, Zam. del Norte: Rosebel Bastasa, 21

What is your environmental advocacy? 

Educating people to transform or change daily habits to restore Mother Nature…We must use education for us to change and rethink our values and how we live and organize our society.

KIDAPAWAN City: Trixie Aira Hipolito, 23

What is your environmental advocacy? 
 
The blogmatic and egoistic approaches to trade & commerce, destroying the quality of life of most people, & destroying the planets biological & cultural diversity, its eco system and genetic heritage. The line of thinking, which had cause climate change and mass scale degredation must change. I urge the world to listen to care for the planet by building sustainable development alliances and strategies and on the scientific and research community to recognize the spiritual dimension of human being, the connection and interconnectedness of all the elements of the universe and scientific pluralism. Our relationship with earth is as sacred a bond as one between Mother and Child. And like a mother raising a child. If we cut corners or ignore our responsibilities there will be the inevitable consequences. Everyone of you knows someone or maybe even yourself suffers from heart disease, asthma, and a multitude of medical conditions because we did not do a good job taking care of Mother earth. Conservation is not a choice to do or not to do, but we must do! Because in the final analysis it is not about protecting exotic specie but really is about our own well being and survival.


INTERNATIONAL


Fil-BRUSSELS, Belgium: Ashlejane Alcancia, 18, Education Student

What is your ambition in life?

To become a great educator and businesswoman. To live the happiest and most responsible life and help others to do the same.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

In becoming the Miss Philippines Earth, I am merely a representation of the goodwill, true interests and hard work of the people behind the scenes. They are the true beings behind whatever i am to become. I want to become miss philippines earth 2014 so that I can represent a voice that the world may hear the call of what we are fighting and standing for. It is beauty both in and out with unity in one goal of all those who share this one earth.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

I am an advocate of balance, change and the 3 R’s. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; the most basic things are the answers. We just have to practice it and remind ourselves again and again. I also have my own 3 R’s, it is Remind, Restore and Respect.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

Give more attention to the environment’s needs. It is from our natural resources that we become economically prosperous and it is nature that sustains our very lives. Campaign and endorse ,more or everything earth friendly rather than the cheap easy-money synthetics. Educate families since it is the basic unit of society and it is where most wastes and consumption come from. Educate, promote, maintain and sustain.

Fil-GOLD COAST, Australia: Jennifer Hunt, 25, International and Community Development Masteral Student

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to become Miss Philippines-Earth 2014 because I have always admired the cause of the organization and the idea of being part of such organization in helping promote environmental protection and at the same time do something I’m very passionate about it by being a spokesperson as this has always been one of my goals and dreams inlife. It would be a great honor to commit myself to devoting my skills and capabilities to such a beauty title that clearly stands for something full of meaning.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

I would like to evaluate the practicum project I started in five high schools in the province of Isabella and introduce a new environmental campaign to more developing communities and schools in the Philippines. This environmental campaign will include the previous waste management program, and would be extended to include natural disaster environment management, waste management and links to environment and public health and more community engagement.

I chose this environmental advocacy because I was deeply concerned about the environmental health impacts and issues affecting my mother’s home province and my family that still reside there. I would like to continue my work to help spread awareness and health education to help sustain the environment in Isabella. I would like to do this by creating a program that is applicable to any community in the Philippines and worldwide. The aim of this project will hopefully help influence a change in attitude and behaviors in regards to waste management and public and environmental health.

I believe every person should have access to clean renewable resources, opportunity to be a part of development and sustainability planning in their community. So that it can result in healthy and teachable behavioural practices for healthy living environments and a sustainable future. That’s how I picture the perfect place I want to live. And this advocacy is my way of starting.


What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

Implement a program that:
• Creates community programs that include all members of the community in the development and planning stages.
• Identifies objectives the community want to prevent/sustain, how to obtain them and simple ways of implementing them.
• Develop and implement policy to ensure that it supports the program
• Have a role model/spokesperson that has the ability to deliver the program and engage with the community.
The main concept is including all community members, to encourage ownership of the development of sustainable eco-tourism in that community.


Fil-MELBOURNE, Australia: Carmen Baena, 20

What is your ambition in life?

My ambition in life is to be a successful designer and/or a career woman with my own business and family. At the same time a beauty queen and advocate who can inspire other people to change, help and make the future a better place.
Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I’d like to become a role model who is able to implement, support and maintain projects related to various environmental issues, which affect everyone world wide especially our future.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

Expanding and developing on recycling because using the skills and things, which we already have, reduces the risk of creating more congestion and waste in this world.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

A tip I could share to promote eco-tourism would be to expand awareness and cooperation through recent forms of technology and education.

Fil-SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Rizza-Belen Diaz, 25, Animal Science Graduate

What is your ambition in life?

My ambition in life is to be able to follow my dreams and make the most out of life. Making long lasting memories will always be embedded so I want to make sure to live life with no regrets. In everything I do, I want to be successful. In order to do that, I believe in challenging myself for the better by setting up new goals to tackle. With this said, I have the dream in attaining a career in the veterinary field. But before I do that; I want to be able to make a positive change in our environment, travel the world, pursue if I have what it takes to model or become an actress, be on the cover of a magazine as a role model (e.g. Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Elle, Fitness), go sky diving, promote healthy lifestyles and fitness, and be involved with more programs that tend to pets in rural countries. As life goes on, I am sure that my list will grow. The ultimate goal is to live a happy life and as of now; I know that will be attained by this ambition.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I’d be an advocate of Mother Earth. Miss Philippines Earth 2014 is more than just physical beauty; it’s beyond skin deep. It’s about having character, integrity, the love and personal drive within to influence and inspire people to make a positive impact. As Miss Philippines Earth 2014, I will do the best in my ability to work with other advocates and find resources to help preserve our earth.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

There are definitely a number of pressing concerns that our environment face today. These environmental issues range from climate change, energy, ozone protection, deforestation, pollution & waste, water, and even endangered species are affected. The lack of environmental awareness is not helping the preservation of our Mother Earth. People have to understand that the issues not only pose a threat to our environment but also our health. With this said, my environmental advocacy is to be able to bring justice and positive change in environmental issues by influencing public policy. Environmental Advocacy involves both protecting the people and animals from environmental threats and protecting the natural world.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

San Francisco is a busy city with people constantly on the go. Most people here get caught up with the busy life style and forget that Earth Day was actually first proposed in a conference in this very city back in 1969. With this said, Earth Day should be implemented daily somehow. San Francisco has its city feel and lifestyle so you hardly see any green around. With this said, everyone should work together to preserve the current parks and keeping it clean. Also, create more green space if possible. I believe that advocate groups, community groups, school districts, city officials, the mayor, and possibly even state government officials can help conserve the city’s resources by first creating an action plan how to promote Eco-Tourism. They can bring more awareness to the public by promoting through talk radio, the news, newspapers, magazine, billboards, fundraisers (e.g. walk/run for a cause), and even implementing environmental issues in school assignments. 

Fil-SYDNEY, Australia: Melanie Cristine Balagtas

What is your environmental advocacy? 

My environmental advocacy is global warming. Global warming is the increase in heat absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere. This is due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through human activity. Examples of greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide and methane. Greenhouse gases are not necessarily bad for mother earth, in fact, they help to keep mother earth warm so life can survive, but too much of greenhouse gases have its consequences.

As the earth’s temperature starts rising, sea ices start to shrink, sea levels will then start rising, species that cannot adapt to the temperature change will become extinct, and natural disasters will become more frequent. Philippines is a country that definitely experiences natural disasters quite often, for example, Typhoon Haiyan. Australia also experiences a great deal of bush fires and droughts.

For several years, I have been active in charity events raising funds for victims of natural disasters both in Australia and in the Philippines. My latest event and on going project is the fundraisers and awareness project for the Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims. Seeing all the images and reading all the stories of victims of natural disasters breaks my heart. It saddens me to know that people start taking actions when millions of lives have already been lost and parts of mother earth is already destroyed. All of the natural disasters happening now are a lived reality for millions of people all over the world. This is mother earth crying to us to make a change.

My goal is to encourage everyone to be proactive now. I believe in the ripple effect. If one person makes a change, it will affect those who see it and will create a domino effect of change. It is no longer about “I” anymore, which has become an egocentric view in our modern world; it is about “we”, “us” and “our children”. We need to make a change so that our children can also appreciate the beauty of mother earth.

 

METRO MANILA


CALOOCAN City: Amanda Arbitrario, 22, Information Technology Student

What is your ambition in life?

To win Miss Philippines Earth 2014

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

Because I want to represent the Philippines in the international pageant, Miss Earth and I want to prove that “what can be imagined can be achieved”.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

My environmental advocacy is to find a solution to improve the environement fo rthe Philippines and this would be to introduce a conscience awarness by educating our school children to impress upon the parents and civil leaders to save the environment for the benefit of the next generation. In doing so this will ensure the values taught to our children will bring awareness on the care of such a delicate planet and the damage that has been done by those who have possesed the knowledge of the environment they lived in. The dedication of this cause will reflect solely on every living being that has to struggle with the damage done by pollution of the air and water by the creation of dangerous substances created by man.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

By sharing our knowledge about the history of Caloocan City and the colorful heritage where Andrea Bonifacio was born.

 LAS PIÑAS City: Mary Laveryn Naluz, 24

What is your environmental advocacy?

As the Chinese proverbs say, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” My advocacy is anchored in this statement, promotion of ecotourism for poverty alleviation and environmental protection. This can be made possible through synergy by empowering the basic unit of the community-the family, the grass root level and the lawmakers. We do this by educating them and engaging them to all the activities that are in line in eco-tourism.
Natural resources and biodiversity are our country’s leverage. It is a matter of shifting our consciousness from poverty to wealth. We shall optimize the use of what we have before it is too late. By preserving and promoting our ecotourism positive impact in job creation and income generation will surely follow. Tourism will be a tool for promoting sustainable use of biodiversity thus encouraging local to be part of the initiative. Truly the best ways to harness the human and environmental potential for future generation. 


 MAKATI City: Mary Ann Ross Misa, 25

What is your environmental advocacy?

I am representing the city of Makati and I think that the use of diesel fuels is one of the main culprit that causes air pollution. Studies show that a lot of people don’t know the dangers of what dirty, polluted air can do to their system which is why I want to promote the use of eco-cars or bio-diesel fuels to at least help lessen or eliminate pollution. 

 MARIKINA City: Akiko Lynne Centeno

What is your environmental advocacy?

As an environmentalist myself, my advocacy would be to plant more and grow more to increase greenery. This would definitely help prevent flooding calamities. 

 MUNTINLUPA City: Sarah Theresa Stewart, 20

What is your ambition in life:

My ambition in life is to find true happiness by seeing the good in every single person and everything that this world can offer.

What is your environmental advocacy?

I believe that more people need to view tourism as not simply artistic man-made structures or on theme parks and restaurants. The whole world now is becoming more and more aware of how important it is to preserve the natural beauty of the environment, so eco-tourism is a great way to attract people to a city - it helps build commerce, giving people more jobs, but most importantly, it gives us a very persuading reason to encourage people to look after the environment. In promoting eco-tourism in Muntinlupa, we already have a very beautiful lake (the Muntinlupa Lake), and simple things can be done to enhance the area like adding eco-friendly activities such as bird-watching, fish interactions on the water (of course, these would have to be monitored by an environmental expert to ensure we do no harm to the fish), and even small areas around the park can be made into walks or picnic areas. Of course, this will not be easy as it will require time, money, and especially strict efforts to ensure that visitors respect the environment, like proper trash segregation and environmental awareness talks. But I believe any project worth doing is worth doing well, and with the proper group of people and training put in place, I believe that eco-tourism can be managed so that it benefits both the people of Muntinlupa and the environment.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in you City/Municipality/Province?

I believe that more people need to view tourism as not simply artistic man-made structures or on theme parks and restaurants. The whole world now is becoming more and more aware of how important it is to preserve the natural beauty of the environment, so eco-tourism is a great way to attract people to a city - it helps build commerce, giving people more jobs, but most importantly, it gives us a very persuading reason to encourage people to look after the environment. In promoting eco-tourism in Muntinlupa, we already have a very beautiful lake (the Muntinlupa Lake), and simple things can be done to enhance the area like adding eco-friendly activities such as bird-watching, fish interactions on the water (of course, these would have to be monitored by an environmental expert to ensure we do no harm to the fish), and even small areas around the park can be made into walks or picnic areas. Of course, this will not be easy as it will require time, money, and especially strict efforts to ensure that visitors respect the environment, like proper trash segregation and environmental awareness talks. But I believe any project worth doing is worth doing well, and with the proper group of people and training put in place, I believe that eco-tourism can be managed so that it benefits both the people of Muntinlupa and the environment.

 PASIG City: Jashmin-Lyn Dimaculangan, 18

What is your environmental advocacy?

We might think that water is abundant because it covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, but sad to say everything is scarce. This is the natural law of economics and life, that’s why I implore people to help me conserve and preserve our water resources. It’s saddening that most people are ignorant of how much water is wasted everyday. We are using it like we use fossil fuel relentlessly. I am sure that raising awareness and educating our children will have a huge impact in the future. If we can just curb out water usage, take baths with a dipper instead of showers. These simple acts of heroism to Mother Earth will create a domino effect that just might save us in the future. 

 PATEROS: Melissa Isabelle Arganda, 22

What is your environmental advocacy?

Educate and Participate: For a Better Water System because Water is Life. This is my advocacy because I want my generation to experience also the joys of my dad’s time. My dad is from Pateros, and at the back of their house is the river. They enjoyed bathing and playing in the river. It was easy for them to put food on the table because they have harvested fresh sea foods. My grandfather had a balut business, and the river for them had a big impact in their everyday living. Every feast day of Sta. Martha, there is a fluvial float, and people from other provinces will even go to Pateros to witness it. However, due to lack of discipline, the river died. Everything banished and all that was left were stories. My advocacy calls for the whole country to take part in restoring a clean water system. It promotes life, and it affects every aspect of our being.

 QUEZON, City: Mabel Joy Verceles, 22, Marketing Officer 

What is your ambition in life?

My ambition is to become a successful career woman to inspire people to pursue anything they want in life and never give or make an excuse because we only live once and we have to make the best out of it.

Why do you want to be Miss Philippines Earth 2014?

I want to become Miss Philippines Earth 2014 because I dreamed to be one and I will do whatever it takes to make it a reality.

What is your environmental advocacy? Why did you choose this?

My environmental advocacy is to promote proper waste management because improper waste disposal leads to other kinds of pollution that affect the environment and people.

What tip can you share to promote Eco-Tourism in your city/municipality/province?

One tip that I can share to promote the Eco- Tourism of Quezon City is by talking to people about its beauty.I would also give a free tour so that people will be able to experience the wonders of Quezon City.

 TAGUIG City: Jodimay Megan Zervoulakos, 19

What is your environmental advocacy?

My advocacy is to generate more and more green for ecological welfare. We have to strive in making our planet more sustainable for the upcoming generations. Lets all maximize the remaining space on earth, and plant a tree.




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