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NORTHERN MARIANAS
CRYSTAL FIONA RIO

Age: 19
Height: 170 cm
Measurements: 32 in - 23.5 in - 36 in
Career / Education: Liberal Arts Student

"I am Filipina, but I was born and raised in the Northern Mariana Islands. It feels as if I am “not Filipina enough” to be a Filipina, yet also “not local enough” to be recognized as a Pacific Islander."

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
Growing up, I have seen many changes in myself and in the environment around me. I would always play in the garden of my school during lunch as well as after classes. There would be different creatures hiding in the small corners and different flowers blooming in different patches. I enjoyed chasing after butterflies and raising some myself. Watching the different stages of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly made me appreciate all the living creatures around me, even if I’m afraid of them.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
Out of all the memories I’ve made, it’s very hard to choose just one. Although I do want to point out how volunteering changed my outlook on my community and our environment as well. Being a volunteer in the American Red Cross after a natural disaster struck our island, I was able to be less anxious around new people and found ways to deal with different stressful situations. It also made me realize that even when things look like they’re at their worst state, our resilience always brings us back up and better than before.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
During the separation process between my biological mom and biological dad, it seemed difficult to find much support and encouragement to look forward to the future. As time passed, my biological mother met her very supportive wife, my other mom, and life has only gone up from there. The meaning of love has become clearer. Even during the rocky paths that we’ve gone through, we always found a way to work together to solve our problems.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Out of the many unique situations I have gotten myself into, the most unusual thing I’ve ever done was show up to class in a pink bunny onesie with a blanket and pillow. This was during the time I was a new full-time employee at a restaurant and it was around the time of Halloween. I was tired from working a night shift right before I attended class the next day. I continued to wear the costume to work as it was excusable for the sake of Halloween.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
I would like to encourage further education on the different types of pollution. This is because I believe that education can lead to ideas, which can lead to teamwork, and then the idea becoming reality. I want to encourage teamwork within my community as well as people all over the world to overcome the different types of pollution that are affecting our environment today. Through this, I would also like to emphasize the importance of healthy habits that can slowly but surely lead to positive change not only within oneself, but with the world as a whole.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
Support organizations that protect and preserve our natural environment. This could be through monetary donations, personally volunteering, or just educating yourself about the environment and how it helps sustain the people that live around it.

Decrease carbon footprint by attempting to make use of public transportation or “carpooling” when needing to get to a distant location. And, if possible, opt for walking or biking if the distance is not too far.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
Resilience. Despite calamities, natural disasters, and pandemic, the people of our islands will always stand up and rebuild life.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
Tourism. As expected of islands, there is always lush greenery to be seen throughout the islands one may visit. The white sand beaches lead to the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Around the islands, you may also find historical spots from World War II, still surrounded by the beautiful landscapes. And finally. you may enjoy the bright red colors of our flame trees, especially during the spring season.

WHAT TRIVIA ABOUT YOURSELF WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE?
I have two pet dogs who are mixed maltese and shih tzu: Kiko (m) and Kira (f).
I am being raised in a rainbow family. So, when I refer to “parents,” I am speaking of my two moms, instead of the usual biological mother and biological father.

After training in dance and teaching a few choreographies, I have learned to find beats within music that “regular” people wouldn’t look for or hear.

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