The prestigious pageant faced a lot of setbacks this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Carousel Productions, the organization behind Miss Philippines Earth, decided to push through with the pageant and crown its winners remotely.
Miss Philippines Earth is known for its unique way of promoting environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility. And for the newly crowned queen, she wishes to promote urban agriculture during the pandemic. (Read: Anti-Terror Bill: Beauty Queens Urge Filipinos to Speak up, Be Informed)
“My environmental advocacy is urban gardening because the cities are no longer green and we have to start making changes and start planting,” Baeyens says in her Miss Philippines Earth bio.
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Planting and harvesting your own fruits and vegetables is part of the “New Normal” 🌱🥦🌽🍋🥒🍌🍏Also, it’s good to start by using recycled items for container gardening. Swipe right for next picture ⬅️ Saan aabot ang 1 sqare meter mo? 💚 With about 1 sq meter only we were able to plant orange, lemon, calamansi, pomegranates, kale, celery, tomatoes, green onions and other plants. Living proof that you could still plant in limited spaces and even grow your own food. . Also in support for the PLANT PLANT PLANT PROGRAM of Department of Agriculture “Ahon lahat pagkaing sapat laban sa Covid-19” where they introduce urban agriculture or farming in metropolitan areas to ensure food security in households. In this project, other than supporting farmers and fisheries they also provide citizens seed packs which we can get from our LGU’s. This is also to prevent people from going out too much where they are at risk of being infected. If you start your small farm at home you could have ample food to eat! #WomanOfTheEarth
With the restrictions brought by the lockdown, the 23-year-old beauty queen encourages Filipinos to maximize their means and learn to plant their own food. Baeyens believes that investing and learning about urban gardening will help sustain the country’s food supply amid the current crisis. (Read: Gardening in the City? Here Are Some Tips From an Expert!)
“I can open their eyes to teach them the benefits of urban agriculture, like to plant and harvest your own food at home. Then, you would have that sense of security because we are facing a shortage of food supply in this pandemic,” Baeyens said in an interview.
“As the Miss Philippines Earth, you really have to be total package and you have to be aware of what is really happening and the detrimental effects towards the environment,” the beauty queen added. (Read: The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Certified Plant Tita or Tito)
Aside from her environmental advocacies, Baeyens is also looking forward to spreading awareness on social causes that promote animal welfare, provide food for the needy, and work towards HIV/AIDS during her reign.
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Roxanne succeeded Miss Philippines Earth 2019 Janelle Tee and will represent the Philippines in the international Miss Earth pageant. The date is yet to announced. (Read: What made Gazini Ganados choose elderly care as her advocacy?)
Miss Eco-Tourism Ilyssa Mendoza of Melbourne, Australia, Miss Earth Philippines Fire Shane Tormes of Atimonan, Quezon, Miss Earth Philippines Water Gianna Llanes of Mandaluyong City, and Miss Earth Philippines Air Patrixia Santos of Daraga, Albay were also crowned during the virtual coronation night.