Ms PH Earth Pateros: Melissa Arganda
NAME: Melissa Isabelle P. Arganda
MUNICIPALITY OR CITY: Pateros, Metro Manila
How she describes her childhood: My childhood years were filled with happy memories. My family always made sure that we’d go out of town whenever we had the chance. I enjoyed outdoors and sports so much that it pushed me to join our volleyball varsity team. I excelled both in academics and extra-curricular, which made my parents very happy. I was the free-spirited type, even until now, and I’ve learned how to balance things at such young age.
Lessons learned from childhood: Time is very precious. Seize every moment that we have because we cannot turn back time. Enjoy everything while you’re at it.
Most memorable moment: My most memorable moment is when I decided to start working, because I was able to prove that I can stand on my own.
Environmental advocacy: Educate and Participate: For a Better Water System because Water is Life. This is my advocacy because I want my generation to experience also the joys of my dad’s time. My dad is from Pateros, and behind their house is the river. They enjoyed bathing and playing in the river. It was easy for them to put food on the table because they harvested fresh sea foods. My grandfather had a balut business and the river for them had a big impact on their everyday living. Every feast day of Sta. Martha, there is a fluvial float, and people from other provinces would even go to Pateros to witness it. However, due to lack of discipline, the river died. Everything banished and all that was left were stories. My advocacy calls for the whole country to take part in restoring a clean water system. It promotes life, and it affects every aspect of our being. – Rappler.com