Sunday, December 6, 2015

We Will Because We Can

By Anton Antonio
December 7, 2015

Angelia Gabrena Ong was crowned 2015 Miss Earth at the Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria on Saturday night (early Sunday morning, Manila time), giving the Philippines back-to-back titles in this particular beauty contest.  Angelia, a 25-year-old marketing management student at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, beat more than 80 contestants from around the world.  She succeeded the crown from 2014 Miss Earth Jamie Harrell, also a Filipina.  It is the first time in 15 years since two Filipinas won the title in a row.

In the “question and answer” portion of the pageant, Angelia was asked:  “Dear Ms. Philippines… The slogan of Miss Earth in the last fifteen years is ‘Beauty for a Cause’.  If you are asked to propose a new slogan for the next fifteen years, what would it be?”  And to this question, she answered:  “If I were to make a slogan for Miss Earth for the next fifteen years that will be ‘We Will Because We Can”.  I want to let everybody know that all things are possible and all things are feasible if we work together. We will because we can!”

The possibility that this question will pop-up in the contest was discussed and processed sometime in July this year as Angelia was preparing for the pageant.  When she first told me about this slogan, I honestly had serious reservations on its applicability to the entire Miss Earth concept.  I must admit that it was indeed an attention-getting slogan and conviction statement… but should there be another choice?  However, when Angel (as I would call her) began to articulate on her chosen slogan, I became convinced to give it a shot.  Angel spoke from the heart and firmly believed in her slogan… she can intelligently defend it any day of the week and twice on a Sunday.  [I hasten to add that I am Angel’s “de facto” (or “impacto” as my close friends will say) coach for environmental concerns.]

Most, if not all, of the contestants were as pretty and beautiful as Angel… but what made her a cut above the rest was her answer and slogan:  “We Will Because We Can!”

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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