Ms PH Earth Laoag City, Ilocos Norte: Ma.Theresa Ocampo
NAME: Ma. Theresa Dacayan Ocampo
REGION: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
How she describes her childhood: My childhood memories are filled with a lot of play time. Discovering things on my own, playing outside with my friends, and eventually discovering my passion: theatre. I started acting when I was in elementary school, and was still acting in college. While I didn’t grow up with my father in my life, I was fortunate to be surrounded by lots of other parental figures who loved me.
Lessons learned from childhood: I learned how to do things on my own and how to be disciplined. I learned that finding and feeding one’s passion is the most rewarding thing in life. As Joseph Campbell famously said, when asked what he’d learned from his exhaustive study of world religions: “Follow your bliss.”
Most memorable moment: I was up all night trying to come up with an answer to this question, but all my memories are so rich that there isn’t one moment that stands out above the rest. I guess the less memorable things, I just forget entirely.
Environmental advocacy: The reduction and offsetting of carbon footprints in the home. I’m focused on the home because the home is the smallest collective unit of people, and reducing/offsetting carbon footprints is a collective effort. The family is the foundation of society, and I hope to start with that foundation to build a community that is well-educated as to the dangers of carbon emissions, and is imbued with a spirit of responsibility for climate change.
Tips to promote Eco-tourism: It is first necessary to identify what makes eco-tourism unique and special in the Philippines. We must showcase our culture and our precious natural resources.
Eco-tourism in the Philippines should not feel like eco-tourism in any other country. Eco-tourists must come away with more than just a feeling of having helped the environment: they must come away feeling that they have connected with a unique and vibrant community, whether that be the Isneg people who live just North of my city Laoag, Ilocos Norte, or even Manileños living in urban environments.
My last job was as a marketing officer, and I’d like to let you know that what most influences a buying decision is a recommendation of a friend. This means that the most persuasive promoter of eco-tourism is an eco-tourist recommending a tour activity to his or her friends. By creating unforgettable experiences, we’ll turn tourists into brand ambassadors who will promote Philippine eco-tourism for us. – Rappler.com