It was a perfect day to plant trees. The sun was out but the soil was wet from the rains of the night before.
The Montalban townsfolk flocked and wondered who these beautiful blondes and brunettes were trekking their mountains with sashes and planting gear.
But the beauty queens could just wave with no time to chitchat. They were walking very fast for they had to plant 250 trees for the benefit of the livelihood program of Barangay San Roque in Montalban, Rizal.
Headed by the chairperson of the Noble Queen of the Universe Philippine franchise owner Eren Noche, Noble Queen of the Universe 2019 Patricia Javier, Noble Queen Globe 2020 Aditi Ahuja (India), Ambassadress of the environment Jeannette Kamphuis (Sweden), and other Noble Queens, including yours truly (reigning Noble Queen International 2020), we climbed the mountains of Montalban, rode the rough waters of Wawa Dam and crossed a river by foot to get to Barangay San Roque, a small barangay in Wawa Dam whose main livelihood is to sell bamboos to neighboring cities.
To be able to help the residents, the Noble queens planted 250 bamboos. A bamboo tree takes about three years to get established. Once established the new shoots that emerge will continue to get bigger and more numerous from year to year as the colony grows towards maturity. So in about five years, the residents of San Roque will have 250 trees ready for harvest.
This is not the first project the queens were involved in helping barangays and the environment.
On the start of the year, the queens visited the inauguration harvest of vegetables in the soccer field of Don Bosco Tondo for the neighboring Tondo barangays means to cheap basic commodity – food.
Aside from this noble deed, the queens did a gift-giving the other week in another barangay in Montalban, Rizal distributing groceries and food while Noble Queen Globe 2020 Aditi Ahuja taught their children how to paint and do art.
On the other side of the world, Noble Queen of the Universe 2020 Megan Camaisa, together with Noble Queen Tourism 2020 Janeen Streetman, distributed groceries and food packs to members of the Rock Church East County in San Diego California.
Camaisa also donated P127,000 to a house for the homeless I am building as part of my advocacy to feed the homeless weekly, give them homes and sustainable livelihood. I am just so happy I joined and won in this international pageant.
Now I am part of a sisterhood that doesn’t care about vanity, expensive bags and crash diets but actually cares for the poor, the environment, and women empowerment. From the words of Noble Queen Earth 2020 Rhonda Renee Swan, “In 2021, we all need capable female leadership to change the course.
The choices we make today will impact gender equality for not only the rest of our lives but for generations to come. We, women, have a chance to rise, use our voice and make a difference. Giving women the opportunity to be heard and make a difference is one of my highest values and one I will always stand by.”