Ms PH Earth Muntinlupa City: Sarah Stewart
NAME: Sarah Theresa A. Stewart
MUNICIPALITY OR CITY: Muntinlupa City
How she describes her childhood: My parents believed that a child should be free to explore different things in order to better know what they want to do in life. When school started, I also joined sports varsities and took singing lessons. This way, I learned the values of hard work and perseverance as well as how to manage my time efficiently. I learned how to make sure that I always had time for my schoolwork, my extra-curricular activities, and also having fun.
Lessons learned from childhood: Whenever I would make a mistake and bad things would happen to me, my dad would always remind me that what’s done is done. He taught me that when something happens that we cannot help nor do something about, we should never dwell on it. We need to just keep moving forward and learning from what we did wrong. I learned to grow from my mistakes and always take them as lessons and not as things that can bring me down.
Environmental advocacy: I believe that more people need to view tourism as not simply artistic man-made structures or on theme parks and restaurants. The whole world now is becoming more aware of how important it is to preserve the natural beauty of the environment, so eco-tourism is a great way to attract people to a city. It helps build commerce, giving people more jobs, but most importantly, it gives us a very persuading reason to encourage people to look after the environment.
Tips to promote Eco-tourism: In promoting eco-tourism in Muntinlupa, we already have a very beautiful lake, the Muntinlupa Lake, and simple things can be done to enhance the area. We can add eco-friendly activities such as bird-watching, fish interactions on the water (of course, these would have to be monitored by an environmental expert to ensure we do no harm to the fish), and even small areas around the park can be made into walks or picnic areas.
Of course, this will not be easy as it will require time, money, and especially strict efforts to ensure that visitors respect the environment. Proper trash segregation and environmental awareness talks would have to be implemented. But I believe any project worth doing is worth doing well, and with the proper group of people and training put in place, I believe that eco-tourism can be managed so that it benefits both the people of Muntinlupa and the environment. – Rappler.com
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