South Luzon has produced two Miss Philippines Earth while the Bicol region has never won in the pageant, despite being considered as the “powerhouse” region in Philippine pageants.
This year, will the next set of eco-warriors finally come from these regions? 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.
This 20-year-old secondary education major at University of Nueva Caceres says she “wants to live a simple life and develop environmental awareness.”
Guinobatan, Albay | Jian Cayla Salazar already has a string of local pageant titles prior to joining MPE. She was Mutya ng Ibalong 2013 winner and Miss NCAA 2014 representing the University of Perpetual Help. She finished as runner-up in Miss Kaogma 2014, Miss Bicolandia 2014 and Miss Mandaluyong 2014.
The 21-year-old psychology graduate hopes to educate people, especially the youth, about caring for the environment. “Miss Earth as an organization who is dedicated to help save the environment would be a great opportunity for me to offer my services by helping educate people about saving Mother Earth,” she says.
Lipa City | Paris Adele Silva loves to travel. She considers her trip to Cambodia where she spent her birthday with orphans and homeless children as her most memorable moment so far.
This 25-year-old wedding planner believes that “experiences are far more priceless than material things.”And by joining MPE, she wants “to make sure that the next generation will have a new found love for mother nature, and I want my children’s children to see the beauty of God’s creation.”
Pagsanjan, Laguna | Joyce Ann Acelajado won the Mutya ng Laguna 2015 title last March and it was her first time to join a pageant. The 18-year-old marketing management student supports programs that aims to save the Laguna lake.
Santa Cruz, Laguna | Alyanna Cagandahan was a finalist in ABS-CBN noontime show It’s Showtime’s Gandang Babae contest. But prior to that she already joined a number of local pageants in her province, and was also a candidate in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013.
The 21-year-old tourism student also supports the rehabilitation of the Laguna lake. “I believe it can generate income for the citizens of Laguna and the country while it is being conserved,” she says.
Siniloan, Laguna | “I want to be Miss Philippines Earth because I want to join a pageant that not just showcase beauty but also showing the love of nature,” says 21-year-old Carla Valderrama. Prior to MPE, she also joined Ms. EcoTourism Philippines- Mossimo Bikini Summit 2011. This aspiring fligh attendant from San Sebastian College-Recoletos would “like to empower the youth in different activities in which they can learn a lot from the environment”.