Having seen/reviewed all the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates and their Passions that #NeverFade, I took the liberty of choosing my favorites among them. I short-listed these ones for different reasons – either close to my heart (subjective) or close to the heart of many (objective) as proven through the actual related activities that they have already started doing before and during the quarantine period:
Alaiza Malinao – Food Security and Sustainable Farming: she who has done a lot of help for the welfare of our farmers and the actual networking of fresh produce from farm to table.
Riana Pangindian – Holistic Well-Being of Teachers: she who has focused on the welfare of the individuals who lead inside the classroom instead of just the students who have always been cared for my many.
Sigrid Grace Flores – Philanthropic Revolution: she who has done Service for Others way before anyone else in the roster of candidates. Philanthropy is usually easier said than done, but she reversed the thought and made charitable acts easier done all the time.
Ericka Evangelista – Teen Empowerment: she who has actually helped mobilized the youth – especially during the quarantine period – with the #BaryaNiJuan project that benefitted more frontliners than initially imagined.
Pauline Amelinckx – Marine Conservation Through Arts: she who has carefully intertwined her love for the sea and love for the children in an advocacy that brings equal amounts of hope and joy to many.
Michele Gumabao – Empower the Youth Through Sports: she who personifies her cause to the max. As a high-achieving athlete, television personality and social media influencer, she used her unique platforms to the best that she can.
Patricia Mae Santos – Women Empowerment: she who transformed the meaning of her advocacy to greater heights by partnering with the Armed Forces of the Philippines for a wider hands-on reach to remote areas while promoting her personal love for reading as a side activity by giving out books for people to read and appreciate.
Skelly Ivy Florida – Inclusive Education: she who has been appointed by her Island Province to be a beacon of hope in a project that aims to include all children – regardless of skin color and mental restrictions – in the mainstream of primary education.
Ysabella Ysmael – Community and Mental Health: she who cares for Mental Health not just as individuals but as members of a bigger community where the psychological well-being of a unified majority can take strength in numbers.
Carissa Rozil Quiza – Education for Indigenous People: And finally, she whose actual studies as Teacher allowed her to focus on the plight of indigenous Mamanwa children who – inspite of significantly lacking in life’s material pleasures – continue to give the biggest smiles from their hearts.