Ms PH Earth Santa Maria: Bernadette Mae Aguirre
MANILA, Philippines - In line with the Miss Philippines Earth 2013 pageant's water conservation theme, this 20-year-old registered nurse says, "Filipinos should learn to use water wisely. One should be aware that there are still parts of our country where clean water is scarce or non-existent. I believe that if using water wisely is done collectively, it would help greatly in water cooperation."
Describe your childhood/growing-up years (8-13 years old):
I had a very challenging childhood. When I was 8 years old, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus. This meant that I was insulin dependent forever; I have to inject myself with insulin twice a day every day. I didn’t consider it a burden that will pull me down; rather, I took it as a special gift and challenge.
Most memorable moment:
I consider winning my first crown to be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
As Miss Philippines Earth, it would be my advocacy to encourage our lawmakers to create and implement ordinances to prohibit the use of plastic bags in business establishments. I will also educate the public about the importance of minimizing the use of plastic bags and its great effect on our environment.