Now here’s one Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate whose self-penned advocacy is so comprehensive that I did not tamper with her thoughts anymore. I promised to give it my own spin, but there’s just no better way to put things in their proper perspective the manner she presented it.
Before jumping into the meat of this entry, let me share first that Billie is a Senior Lead Cabin Crew for Cebu Pacific. She has been with them for the past three years. She graduated from the St. Dominic College of Asia with a degree in Marketing Management. Pageantry-wise, she was Binibining Unibersidad 2012, representative to Miss Teen Universe 2013 (held in Managua, Nicaragua) where she was in the Top 10 and Miss World Philippines 2019 Top 12 finalist.
So without further ado now, I will let Billie do the explaining of her winning cause.
W- Women Empowerment and
I – Individual Advocates towards
N – Nature and wildlife preservation and responsiveness
As someone who is already, if I may say, have done so many self fulfilling milestones such as having a degree, landing a job that i really wanted, and help support my siblings’ education; I still felt this sunken feeling. I know it sounds dramatic but I think you know what I mean. That feeling that something is missing.
I’ve always supported women especially in terms of their life choices, gave them advice and the likes, support them in whatever endeavor they want to participate in. But it’s not enough. We see the news, and everyday something bad happens, something worse and it just makes me desperate and helpless at the same time. I always ask myself what can I do? And often times I feel useless and little.
But then I started reading more about women empowerment participated in seminars and talks and actually researched about how we can help out, how women are very much capable of reshaping what is happening around us. Simple example? Almost every single household is ran by a female figure whether it be the mom, the ate, lola, or even the nanny and them saying that “NO, IN THIS HOUSEHOLD, WE WILL NOT USE PLASTICS”, or “SEGREGATION OF TRASH IS A MUST”; These very simple house rules set by a female figure in every single household can massively contribute in lessening the trash in the ocean and more. This is only small scale but something that is not really imposed much.
These three (#WIN) seemingly unrelated acrostics are actually very much connected and it’s something that I stand for strongly. We saw how female world leaders successfully handled COVID 19 Crisis. Who knows, we might actually be the start of solving major world problems. Ambitious? Yes, but not impossible.
My time during quarantine:
”I have been living in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu for 3 years now while my family is in Silang, Cavite. It’s actually quite difficult for me because I live alone with just my dog. I felt really scared and paranoid during the first few weeks of quarantine. It took me some time to adjust and to stop crying at night.
It really helped that my new friends from MUPH and coaches from Aces and Queens were there to keep me busy and constantly check up on me. I started my days checking for announcements and tasks assigned by my camp, things like daily work-out routines, and answering at least five questions a day for Q&A practice. These are small but very fulfilling tasks to finish. I slowly started getting by everyday until finally my enthusiasm picked up and I started helping out organizations with their donation drives.
– GMA Cavite Donation Drive : “Bente Tulong sa Residente”
– The Women of Aleitheia : Donation drive for PPE
– Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club
– CARITAS MANILA: “Protect the Poor – #PisoParaSaMahirap”
I dedicated time to personally talk, message and encourage people to donate, especially my colleagues and people who I know can help. However, with all of these, I still felt like I wasn’t doing enough but my loved ones reassured me that there are very limited actions that we can take and that it’s not just me who feels this way.
I spend my days doing things that I love mainly cooking and keeping things organized. I am also trying new hobbies such as gardening, baking and astronomy (amateur astronomy) . I refrain from going on social media as much as I could and to just drop my “social guard” and enjoy my freedom to be introspective.
Your thoughts on Billie, dear readers?