Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Carissa Rozil Quiza of Surigao del Norte is mighty proud of Siargao – the tear drop-shaped island that has been a rich source of Tourism for the Province. But more than this popular destination, she is even more proud of the Mamanwas – one of the oldest and still extant tribes in the Philippines – and of the Mamanwa children in particular.
The Mamanwa children may belong to an indigenous minority in the community. But Carissa is always pleased that she does not see a bit of reticence or insecurity in their faces, of being different, of being inferior and of being who they are. They simply radiate sincerity and innocence. Hence, her advocacy is rooted from them – the inclusive and alternative education for the Indigenous People to eliminate cultural fragmentation caused by modernization. She aims to bring education to their doorsteps without giving up their cultures and traditions. Part of this is to provide a classroom environment that is conducive for learning and where they can freely express themselves more openly. She plans to make special modules for them – something that will cater to their specific needs.
And to tie it all up, she will conduct special classes that will not only enhance their cognitive abilities but also their creativity in making crafts, music, dance etc, en route to preserving their culture and traditions.
What motivates Carissa to pursue this advocacy is her inner most desire to help them embrace their uniqueness and promote unity in diversity. Thus, the goal of this advocacy is to help them in realizing their dreams and full potentials. As the title of this entry states, no Mamanwa children will be left behind.
As far as the ECQ is concerned, she has spent most of the time at home with her family. Additionally, there is a protocol of not allowing high-risk people (0-20 and senior citizens) to go outside. At 19, she dutifully followed the order. She continued to make productive use of the time while improving herself for the national pageant.
Your blogger is really liking the advocacy of Carissa. It is solid and very doable. And if she can translate everything into practice, then what a wonderful gift to the children of the Indigenous Community it will be.