Ms PH Earth Las Piñas City: Mary Laveryn Naluz
NAME: Mary Laveryn M. Naluz
MUNICIPALITY OR CITY: Las Piñas City
How she describes her childhood: I had a positive childhood. It was bliss indeed. I got a lot of love and nurturing, which gave me the strength I needed to survive the negative things in my life. I had fun while learning things. I was active whether in school or extracurricular activities and my parents were really supportive. As the eldest daughter, I learned and assumed the responsibility to help my parents and always do my best, as I stay grounded. Putting God first in everything I do has always been my guide in life.
Lessons learned from childhood: I came from a simple family who has gone through triumphs and challenges but was able to live life at its best. Embracing what life has to offer and staying positive kept me going. I make sure that I have fun while learning every step of the way, as this will make me a better person.
Environmental advocacy: My advocacy is the promotion of ecotourism for poverty alleviation and environmental protection. As the Chinese proverbs say, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” My advocacy is anchored in this statement. This can be made possible through synergy by empowering the basic unit of the community-the family, the grass root level and the lawmakers. We do this by educating them and engaging them to all the activities that are in line in ecotourism.
Natural resources and biodiversity are our country’s leverage. It is a matter of shifting our consciousness from poverty to wealth. We should optimize the use of what we have before it is too late. By preserving and promoting our ecotourism, a positive impact in job creation and income generation will surely follow. Tourism will be a tool for promoting sustainable use of biodiversity and encouraging local to be part of the initiative. Truly these are best ways to harness the human and environmental potential for future generation. – Rappler.com
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