Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Zandra Nicole Sta. Maria of Pasay City is one of the towering ladies in the competition at nearly six feet tall. That comes with some advantage. Add to that her vibrantly cheerful personality and modelesque looks and a deserving aspirant comes into full view.
This Flight Attendant’s advocacy is all about Sustainable Living through Zero Waste Awareness.
Zero Waste Living is an advocacy that focuses on the reduction of waste, purchase and consumption and making better choices, hence minimizing the negative environmental impact it will create to our world.
Why did Zandra choose this cause?
“When 2020 came in, I’ve seen a lot of environmental crisis happening – from the volcanic eruption, bushfires, earthquakes in Mindanao and this pandemic. I was saddened that the world is changing and we are not doing much as an individual. I realized that I could help prevent such catastrophes from happening and educate other people to become individuals who fight against climate change by starting within themselves through zero waste living.
Practicing zero waste can be frustrating because sometimes we tend to forget our reusables, it’s time consuming and sometimes it’s expensive specially in the beginning.
These are the challenges of practicing this lifestyle but when you’ve come to realize that in the end when people are less sick and there is no threat of heatwaves and climate change or a pandemic. The sacrifices made are beneficial for everyone and for the future.”
Zandra’s advocacy has 3 favors for everyone existing in our world.
1. Be conscious of your choices, if it adds up to the landfill, think thrice.
2. Bring your own bags, and reusables everytime.
3. Educate others that our everyday choices affects our environment directly or indirectly.
Some of these are practices that most everyone are already doing. She hopes that people will continue to make the conscious effort to think twice about their choices.
“I believe this is essential because we are phenomenal women who bring hope and look forward to a more sustainable new normal for everyone not just today but also for our tomorrow.”
“I’ve tried a lot of things during the quarantine period. Out of boredom I’ve come up with creating my own song to empower people during this pandemic. The title of the song was ‘Simula Na’ which tackles about the little help everyone is giving during this time and how we are fighting as one community against this virus.
I also feel that my TLE teacher back in gradeschool will be so proud of me because me and my sister made a seatcover, iron board cover and face masks out of scrap fabrics and my mom’s old bedsheet. It feels good to restructure old things and give it a new life. My mom was very proud of me too when she saw everything we’ve sewn.
Me and my batchmates from SSAM also spearheaded a donation drive to provide PPEs to 6 hospitals and 2 health care facilities. It feels good to be able to help them. Their responses were heartwarming because the hospitals even told us that they would pay it forward, that the PPEs are the precious things in their lives now and because of those people who are helping they uttered ‘Lumalakas ang loob namin dahil sainyo’ These words are what keeps us going to continue helping other people.”
Zandra also volunteered for a rescue flight to Australia to bring home our Kababayans to their families. She was asked about the difference of sweeper flights from the usual ones. And this was her answer.
“The ‘Thank yous’ I receive every flight was something I’m truly grateful for because I know they had a very smooth journey, felt comfortable and safe. The ‘Thank you’ that I receive from the rescue flight felt like an honour and privilege to fly people back home. I’m glad PAL can be of service to people and it felt so rewarding to be able to help during these troubled times.”