Bicol's Mutya ng Ibalong calls for action against climate change

LEGAZPI CITY--Kathleen May "Kate" Lausingco, newly crowned “Mutya ng Ibalong 2016,” is hoping the government will also strongly push the fight against climate change aside from the battle against illegal drugs.

Kathleen May "Kate" Lausingco
Photo via Lausingco's Facebook account
The 21-year-old Lausingco, a native of Polangui town, is a Tourism graduate from Aquinas University in this city. She bested 19 other candidates in the crowning last week, one of the highlights of this city’s month-long Ibalong Festival.

Local beauty pageants here have been known to be the springboard of Bicolana beauties in becoming national and international titleholders.

Among the Bicolanas who already gave honor to the country was Miss Universe fourth runner-up Venus Raj, a graduate of the College of Arts and Letters of the Bicol University here.

Climate change
“If I will be given a chance to talk to the President (Rodrigo R. Duterte), I will tell him to focus not only on the illegal drugs campaign but also to reconsider his decision and honor the Paris agreement as the country is one of the signatories of the United Nations convention who adopted the new climate deal,” said Lausingco in press interviews during the preliminary events of the Mutya ng Ibalong.

President Duterte earlier announced his doubts in honoring the Paris Agreement that was concluded last December in Paris, France and only willing to reconsider if the agreement takes into consideration the economic plans of the country. Nearly 200 nations, including the Philippines, adopted the new climate accord seeking cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Lausingco said she believes that protecting the environment is everybody’s business and should start at home.

She cited how local environmental campaigns zeroing in on efficient collection of garbage could help communities avoid the spread of diseases.

Aside from Lausingco, Julia Gonowon of Camalig town in Albay won as Mutya ng Tourism during the August 24 coronation night of the beauty pageant at the Ibalong Center for Recreation.

Christine Arnedo of Legazpi City was first runner-up; Danica Theresa Sheen Dilla of Iriga City in Camarines Sur the second runner-up; while Louiselle Denise Omorog of Catanduanes was third runner-up. (by Rhadyz Barcia, PNA)

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