8 Fun facts about Miss Earth Australia 2017 Nina Robertson
Report: Arvin Matuguinas Cabachete | Features Writer & Media Correspondent
Managing Editor: Raymund Thom Golez
Photos: Anton Eder | Media Correspondent
MANILA, Philippines – Last October 7, selected members of the press had the opportunity to meet Miss Earth Australia 2017 Nina Robertson. With an angelic face like hers, Nina is slowly but surely making a name for herself in the beauty pageant scene.
Nina bested 61 other candidates in the Miss Earth Australia 2017 pageant and earned the right to compete in the Miss Earth pageant to be held in the Philippines on October 7-November 4, 2017.
Get to know more Nina by reading eight fun facts about her.
She is Half-Filipina
Nina was born and raised in Australia from a Filipino mother and Australian Father on October 21, 1997.
During the meet and greet with the press, Nina shared that being a half Filipina is an advantage in competing for Miss Earth since she will have the support from two countries, Philippines and Australia.
“I’m familiar with the culture here (Philippines), the language and when we will travel for Miss Earth I will be comfortable“, Nina shared to the press.
She competed in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015
She participated in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 pageant representing Filipino Community of Australia. She finished in the Top 10.
In an interview, Nina said that she was scared at first upon winning the Miss Earth Australia 2017 crown that there might be a conflict. According to her, some people might be telling her that she should have join Miss Earth Philippines instead of Miss Earth Australia.
“I was born and raised in Australia and I believe that whatever country you’re from, we should not forget why we are doing this and I’m proud to represent Australia“, Nina said.
“I became more matured now as compared when I competed in Mutya ng Pilipinas”, Nina added.
She is an athlete
She is a national aerobics champion, hockey enthusiast and Bachelor of Science student at the University of Melbourne.
She is a brand ambassador
Since 2016, she is the face Dermcare, one of the renowned local professional skincare, hair and spa wellness center in the country.
Also in attendance during the meet and greet is the President and CEO of Dermcare, Zenaida Palisoc.
“I fully support Nina and we are supporting her ME advocacy even after her reign. When she compete for Miss Earth, I advised her just to be herself. For me she is the winner and she has this innate beauty and radiate from within”, Palisosc said when asked by the press for her message to Nina.
She is adventurous
According to her Ms. Earth profile, one of the most unusual things she have done was to swim with whale sharks.
“It was such an exhilarating experience. I have a fear of sharks and so initially I was so terrified, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how calm and beautiful there. Just comes to show that beauty can be found in anything, even the things that scare you the most“, Nina shared in her Miss Earth profile.
She is Woman of the Earth
Her Miss Earth advocacy is reducing food waste. Prior coming to Miss Earth 2017 pageant, she had a series of school tours in Australia discussing her campaign in reducing food waste. According to her Miss Earth Eco Video, food waste is a growing issue and contributes 6.7% of greenhouse gases. In addition, it can feed an extra 3 billion people. Effects of food wastage are unnecessary water, energy and production of methane gas that arises from food that are put away in landfills. She also shared in her eco-video on how to reduce food waste namely: plan and prep, keeping track of left over, proper storage techniques, and composting.
She has a pure heart
She frequently visit the Philippines and always make sure to take part in giving back to the unfortunate people. She did charity works in Golden Age Care, The Children’s Hospital in PGH, informal settlers in Manila, Pulo Island in Navotas, one orphanage in Quezon City and the fire victims in Mandaluyong.
She undergone training in the Philippines for the Miss Earth pageant
Prior to the start of the pageant, Nina came early in the Philippines to train with Kagandahang Flores, one of the premiere beauty pageant camp in the Philippines.
“I don’t have specific strategy. When I’m on stage, I just have to enjoy the moment. I just have to be myself and I don’t want to pretend to be someone else”, Nina answered when asked by the press her strategy to stand out in the pageant.
Nina has the tasked in continuing Australia’s stellar performance in Miss Earth, after Dayana Grageda was named Miss Earth Air in 2015 and Lyndl Kean placed among the Top 16 in 2016. Australia has yet to win the Miss Earth crown.
Best of luck Nina on your journey to the Miss Earth crown. Continue to love Mother Earth with your advocacy, and always shine like a true queen.