Local pageant queens, students and tourism advocates comprise this year’s Miss Philippines Earth candidates from Mindanao. Will the next set of eco-warriors come from this region? We’ll find out during the coronation night on May 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
For now, let’s get to know them better.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY | Beatrice Alvarez, 22, considers winning the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 title as her most memorable moment so far. The half-German beauty is an International Studies graduate from Liceo de Cagayan University.
“I want to create a community environmental watchdog that is composed of the youth and young professionals. The group will have an active voice on local legislation and issues concerning our environment,” she writes on her MPE profile page.
DAVAO CITY | One of the youngest in the batch is 18-year-old Merry Cris Dela Cruz. This future educator (she is taking up a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education) says she wants to win the competition because “I know in my self that I can make a difference”. She cites conservation of fresh water resources as her advocacy.
As a survivor of Sendong, named the world’s deadliest storm for 2011, Jocehl advocates for reforestation. “I want to cultivate a bright future for the next generation by reviving and maintaining the beauty and prosperity of our dear mother Earth.”
IPIL, ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY | Aside from fulfilling her dream of becoming a beauty queen, 20-year-old Maria Loraine Grengia wants to win so in order to promote Buluan Island. “I want to be the instrument in promoting our eco-tourism spot in our municipality as well as in the Philippines.”
At the same time, Maria Loraine wants their municipality to be eco-friendly. “I would like to implement cleanliness especially in these area (Buluan Island) that can surely create impact eco-tourism to the lives of other people,” she adds.
As someone from the so-called City of Fruits and Highland Springs, Dyan advocates for the preservation of sources of potable water. “We have to promote this as water is the most essential source to life.”
MISAMIS ORIENTAL | No stranger to pageants, Mitsume Aguilar represented Cagayan de Oro City in last year’s Miss Bikini Philippines pageant. She also finished 2nd runner-up in Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014. This 21-year-old Business Administration student is an advocate of green architecture.
PAGADIAN CITY | Parisada Galicinao wants to continue what she has started as a former president of a non-government organization that aims to empower educate the youth about their social responsibilities. The 24-year-old Fil-Chinese beauty believes winning the MPE title will be “the best platform for me to pursue my mission on spreading environmental awareness”.
“We can show them (the youth) the exact ways of environment protection such as paper recycling, conserving water and energy and tell them the benefits of doing so,” writes the former Miss Pagadian Tourism titleholder on her MPE profile page. “Gradually, they will form the habit of protecting the earth themselves.”
ZAMBOANGA CITY | Jane Aguillon was boyish when she was a child and never thought she would end up joining pageants. Winning Top Model Zamboanga in 2011 opened doors of opportunities for the Airline management graduate. She said she is active in her city’s tourism department and wants to continue with this as her advocacy.