But Riana Agatha Pangindian representing Pasig City is a Science Teacher first and foremost. So it comes as no surprise that the advocacy of this beautiful and wholesome miss revolves around the noblest of profession she has devoted her time to.
To empower educators to empower the youth is Riana’s main thrust. She has a heart for teachers’ emotional, social, spiritual, and mental well-being to be taken cared of through programs and organizations who share the same burden as hers. She yearns to create a more sustainable impact for the generations to come because she herself experienced the daily struggles of becoming a teacher.
One program she has closely worked with as a volunteer is #NotAlone. This program is under a non-profit/faith-based organization called Elevate Movement Inc. It is basically an after-school program offered to public schools around the Philippines to conduct sessions that will tackle about life issues for the students, teachers, and community members.
As for her quarantine life, Riana mainly stayed at home and complied with the authorities as much as possible. She always tries to be productive by doing household chores everyday, learn a new skill such as sketching or let her creativity out by upcycling, watercoloring, or doing anything spontaneous with her cousins as a form of bonding with them. She has also been mentoring young ladies online each week and checking up on her friends through chat or video call to keep any of us from feeling alone during this ECQ period.
Reaching out to people is one of the things that she can do during this pandemic because aside from not having much materially, having someone to talk to and being there for someone is one of the best ways to help spread the joy, hope, and peace in the midst of uncertainty and anxiety.