Miss Philippines Earth 2020 Roxanne Baeyens pushes for urban agriculture amid the pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) – Newly-crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2020 Roxanne Baeyens has encouraged Filipinos to plant their own food in their backyard to ramp up the country’s food supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 23-year old beauty queen shared to CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon on Monday that promoting urban agriculture is her advocacy during her reign.

Baeyens explained that by doing urban gardening in backyards, people will live a sustainable life because they are able to produce their own food out of their efforts.

“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,” said Baeyens.

The Filipina-Belgian specified that container gardening is the best way to start engaging in urban agriculture, given it can be done in small spaces at homes.

“As the Miss Philippines Earth, you really have to be total package and you have to be aware on what is really happening and the detrimental effects towards the environment,” Baeyens said.

Meanwhile, Baeyens thanked her family and friends in Baguio City for the support they gave to her despite being not physically present in her pageant preparations.

“Despite me being alone in this journey, there are a lot of people sending help and giving the things that I need like makeup. My team from Baguio was able to send all the things I need and for the videographer and the make-up artist, my parents helped me as well as other connections here in Manila,” said Baeyens, who has been staying in Mandaluyong City throughout the pageant preparations and proper.

This year’s Miss Philippines Earth pageant was done virtually last Sunday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also crowned in the first online Miss Philippines Earth were 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.