The finalists of Miss Earth Philippines went through a second Q&A round, as they were called into the Top 10.
Calling in from their hometowns, each candidate had 30 seconds to answer just one question:
You have goals in life and things you want to do. Given the ongoing pandemic with lots of restrictions, how do you plan to move forward?
Here’s how they responded:
Fatima Kate Bisan, Malungon, Sarangani
You know as my favorite saying states, life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about moving forward and to go on with life and to embrace this new normal. We also need to follow these protocols given by the government, by the IATF, we need to protect our loved ones, our family, and most of all ourselves. With this pandemic I am still able to protect this environment because I have a head that envisions ways in protecting the environment, a compassionate heart that serve the Mother Earth, and hands that will put everything into action.
Yllana Marie Aduana, Siniloan, Laguna
It’s true that the pandemic has cost us a lot of misfortunes when it comes to the environment, the economy, as well as of course, our health and wellness. But as a very positive person, I will have to utilize the kind of a positivity because that positivity can always exude warmth and altruism towards the people and the environment. And I am hoping that my positivity can also become the strength that I can reach out to people to become my allies in this fight of the the environmental degradation and environmental pollution that we are experiencing right now. I am here today standing and encouraging all of you to light up the fire within your hearts to protect, promote, and preserve our one and only home, our earth.
Aubrey Asuncion, Sto. Domingo, Albay
I plan to move forward by onboarding my Coral Garden Genesis 2 [project]. Actually right now, we are already in the planning stage of it and we’re doing it because we are greatly motivated by the people in our coastal community, because we know that if we save the sea, we are not just taking care of our oceans, but we are also giving back the livelihood of our people. And I hope that the government and leaders would help us in the onboarding of this project because we know that if we would work hand in hand, we are taking back the colors of the oceans and of course the livelihood of our people. Thank you so much.
Riah de Ocampo, Silay City
It is no doubt that the pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, and I believe it is important to remember, let us all stay strong, and this pandemic cannot stop us from achieving our goals. I myself, it’s my dream to be in this Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant, and I am so grateful for this opportunity, so let us all stay strong. Let us all stay safe. Let us follow health protocols, and be a part, share our part, so that we will not only protect ourselves, but also our loved ones and our community. Thank you.
Ameera Almamari, Atimonan, Quezon
I plan to move forward even during this pandemic, by starting with myself. I have been in a slump this whole journey of this quarantine but I realized that if you find your purpose, and you are able to give not only yourself but empower your communities to give them a voice, because I believe no one in this world is voiceless, then I think that I can move forward by making a change, starting with the fisherfolks here, and hopefully I can encourage other people to use that little voice in their head because it only takes a spark of ambition and hope to change the world.
Sofia Lopez Galve, Tanay, Rizal
I plan to move forward by sticking to my plan, which is to create my camping site in Barangay Cayabu, and to help the indigenous peoples there in Tanay. And also, I would like to invite everyone to please heed the call for the 17 sustainable development goals, because that is our plan for the future. That is the plan that will get us to a better and greener planet by 2030. Thank you.
Naelah Alshorbaji, Paranaque City
I believe that despite the restrictions in terms of the pandemic, we have social media to progress and move forward. I think that’s the beauty of the generation that we’re going through right now. Moving forward, I think I can accomplish my goals and dreams regardless, because I have a bright future even during the pandemic. I hope that inspires people around us. Thank you.
Katheryn Tan Guipetacio, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental
In this time of a pandemic, we experience a lot of setbacks in our lives. But I believe that if you are very passionate with what you believe in and what you fight for, you can still continue this. With me, I was a student leader for campus in my school. During the pandemic, this was cut off because there was no more on-campus. But for now, I considered my passion for service by organizing a group in my town, a stray feeding program, so I could help those rescued shelters in feeding their stray cats and dogs. Thank you very much.
Rocel Angelah Songano, Iloilo City
I plan to move forward through my passions. And one of those passions is serving and protecting the environment. I can do this through my other passion, which is also through arts. Through this , I know that we can attain an ideal environment – where both humanity and the natural world can thrive together in harmony. Thank you.
Roni Meneses, Mandaluyong City
I do believe that a long as there is a tomorrow, there is a chance for me to pursue my goals. Even in this pandemic, I was able to join Miss Philippines Earth. I was able share my advocacy to people and that does not stop me from doing even more. I believe in living life with compassion, and that value will allow me to be kind to people; to share love and to pay respect to myself and others. I will not let a pandemic stop me from reaching my goals. I’m already a step away from becoming hopefully Miss Philippines Earth. – Rappler.com