24 year-old Maria Niña Soriano is the representative of Pangasinan in Miss Universe Philippines 2020. And this Licensed Professional Teacher is enjoying the thrills of this national pageant ride – her most significant foray into the industry we so love.
The 5th child of six siblings, Niña has two older brothers who are identical twins and two older sisters – all of whom she looks up to with fondness being the youngest girl in the brood. She graduated from De La Salle University in Taft with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education major in Early Childhood Education. She was a member of the varsity swimming team who plays fencing on the side and brings it on with the school’s dance crew.
Niña’s advocacy is divided into two parts: 1) a God-centered education and 2) education for all. She was raised to be compassionate to everyone, such that whenever she encounters someone in need of help, she acts upon the situation the best way that she can.
“Since 2004 till now, we have an annual outreach which is entitled “Pamaskong Handog” where we distribute grocery bags to the less fortunate people around Metro Manila. When we became Christians in 2012, we added a portion of the program where my dad shares the Good News of Salvation brought about by God’s love for us.
Last 2013, we started our 1-LAMBAT Outreach Ministry. We hold seminars which we call camps. We have 3 kinds of camps: 1) Shepherds Camp which is for the pastor and church leaders. This aims to give them relaxation time at the same time to strengthen and recharge them. 2) Worshipers’ Camp which is for the worship teams of churches we have partnered with, 3) Youth Camp which is for the church youth and their non-believer friends. This aims to evangelize the unbeliever and give all of them a firm foundation on their Christianity and what it really means to have faith.
As a teacher I have experienced first hand the inadequacies in our education system. Through the volunteer programs I have joined, I have witnessed the sad situation of the children in far flung areas of our country where they want to go to school but could not. I strongly believe that through education our country will grow because its citizens are well established.”
So how can Niña bring out the very best in her in the entire Miss Universe Philippines 2020 journey?
“I am a phenomenal woman because of my versatility and compassion towards others. I am able to gracefully adapt to any situation I face and overcome various challenges in my life with help and guidance from God and His word.”