By Robert Requintina
Binibining Kalikasan 2018 Eimeverlee Fren Avellano-Canimo has called on the public to plant trees and help stop illegal logging to protect and preserve Mother Earth.
“Let’s all work together to stop clearing and claiming forests and participate in planting as many trees as we can. This will surely benefit our forests and the next generation,” said Canimo, daughter of Meldin and Eizelle Canimo.
The 13-year-old pride of Alabat, Quezon represented the CALABARZON Region and edged out other regional candidates (private school division) in the Ginoo and Bb. Kalikasan 2018 pageant held in Baguio City recently.
Canimo impressed the judges during the question-and-answer portion where she explained to them the cause and effects of illegal logging in the country.
Her remarkable answer in the crucial Q&A portion also earned her the Miss Intelligence special award. Other special awards she received were Best in Talent, Best in Sportswear, and Best in Evening Gown.
Canimo also said she also hopes to become a role model for young girls who wish to join pageants.
Carlos Iñigo Navarrate Anton, from Baguio City, was named Ginoong Kalikasan. He is said to be the youngest drag racer champion in the Philippines.
After Canimo captured the title, the municipality of Alabat, Quezon welcomed her with a grand homecoming with her follow representative from Quezon, Branden Luis Martinez Santiago who won 1st runner-up in Ginoong Kalikasan 2018.
Alabat Island National High School had initiated and led the homecoming which was participated in as well by Mater Carmeli Catholic School.
Natives of Alabat warmly welcomed the young queen and king who brought pride to their lineage. The parade around the poblacion took an hour which started at the Alabat Island National High School and ended up with a courtesy call on Municipal Mayor Maj. Gen Fernando L. Mesa (retired).
Mesa said the success of Canimo in the pageant opened new opportunities for young pageant aspirants of Alabat as the municipal mayor had plan to start the search for a beauty queen from their very own municipality.
After the successful parade and the courtesy call on the municipal mayor, the teen queen sat as chairwoman of the board of judges in the inaugural Mr. & Miss Alabat Island National High School with her personal designer Roy Aquino as one of the judges.