“Powerhouse” is the best world to describe Visayas as the two Miss Earth titleholders from the Philippines came from this region.
Will Visayas produce another Karla Henry and Jamie Herrell? 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.
Badian, Cebu | Aiko Rachelle Caraan represented Talisay, Cebu in last year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant. This time, the 22-year-old sales executive wants to be the next Miss Philippines Earth “to build awareness amongst us to saving our Mother Earth”.
She cites the propagation of coconut trees as her advocacy. “I want to make worthless waste material into an innovative, biodegradable product that protects the environment, promotes plant growth and give jobs to poor families,” she writes in her profile page.
Bago City | Catherine Joy Marin, 19, She was a finalist in Lin-ay sang Negros 2012 and Negros Sinulog Queen 2013.Now onto a bigger pageant, the AB English student hopes “to influence other people through my advocacies”. She is supporting Bantay Katunggan (or Protecting the Nature).
Calape, Bohol | Gayle Suzette Yu is 23-year-old registered nurse, but hopes to be an inspirational speaker. Joining the Miss Philippines Earth-Bohol search is what is considers the most unusual thing she has done so far. “I have discovered a lot about myself and this opened doors for me to preserve and protect Mother Earth in a larger scale,” she says.
Coming from a municipality with rich marine aquaculture, she wants to help in coastal resource management by “organizing activities such as mangrove planting, coastal clean-up and information dissemination using social media.”
Iloilo City | Earlier this year, Fil-Australian Jona Sweett was crowned Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta-Iloilo City 2015. This 19-year-old hotel and restaurant management student hopes to become an international flight attendant. Her advocacy is mangrove planting “to prevent storm surges and limit typhoon damages”.
Lapu-Lapu City | Biology student Shanette Delalamon joined MPE to pursue her dream of being a beauty queen. Aside from that, the 19-year-old part-time model also aims to promote awareness and preservation of “forest and marine environment”.
Mandaue City | Mhon Theress Menaling is no stranger to pageants. She joined Miss Casino Filipino in 2012 and finished 4th runner-up in Miss Mandaue a year after. She was also Miss Olive-C Campus Model Visayas 2014 winner. She recently finished her BS Biology degree from Cebu Doctors’ University and hopes to become a pediatrician someday.
“I advocate the promotion of ecotourism through information campaign,” she writes in her profile page. “Informing people and teaching them on how to properly preserve and take good care of our flora, fauna, and cultural heritages is an effective tool since becoming an earth warrior also means being the voice for Mother Earth,”
Medellin, Cebu | Kristille Mae Atinen believes that helping save Mother Earth starts at home so her advocacy is “making my home clean and green, be a role model to the Earth”. “I want to be part of a bigger community that would help the environment and for me to continue inspiring other people to help the Mother Earth,” the 18-year-old aspiring chef says when asked why she wants to be the winner.
Ormoc City | Marianna Darlene Pepito, a 24-year-old hospital emergency volunteer, wants to pursue a universty degree in North America then plans to travel the world helping environment-driven organizations. But right now, she is fighting for the chance to be the next Miss Phiippines Earth.
“I would like to travel around Philippines and focus on reaching out to indigenous tribe and teach them eco-tourism. Little by little we can improve the lives of each Filipinos,” she says. She also wants to raise awareness about renewable energy resources.
Sogod, Southern Leyte | Lhiben Louriza Basco was Miss Maasin 1st princess in 2013 before eventually winning the Miss Earth Sogod 2015 title last March. This 18-year-old business administration student hopes to finish her studies so she can help her family. She is also a staunch advocate of the “three Rs”: reduce, reuse and recycle.