The Miss Earth Pageant
The MISS EARTH 2013 Delegates

Miss GUAM
KATARINA MARTINEZ
 
Age: 22
Height: 177.5 cm
Measurements: TBP

"Catching rainwater in buckets will help you save water; the harvested rainwater can be used to wash dishes, take showers, and flush toilets."


 
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Describe your childhood growing years:
I spent a majority of my childhood close to my grandmother’s side. When I was 9 years old, I would accompany her to the Philippines every summer until I turned 14. I remember spending 1 to 2 months at a time at her home in the Philippines. I enjoyed the little things we did together, like riding a tricycle, learning how to wash my clothes, trying ube jam from Bagyo, and helping her select the best bangus for dinner. It was a culture shock from what I was used to in Guam, but I loved it because my family made it special. At an early age, I found a great appreciation for art because my dad was an artist. We would draw together and I grew to have my own skill and technique throughout the years, and even winning art awards.
 
What lessons did you learn from your childhood?
As a child, my parents always encouraged me to dream and follow my passion, and with hard work I can accomplish anything. It made me value my education and made me determined to finish school, and to be successful in all the things that I do. One big mistake in my life is not showing affection towards my parents. I see all the sacrifices they made for me throughout the years, especially in my adolescent years. I see so many people focus on their careers and see how they forget to show appreciation for their parents who unconditionally love and support them. Realizing this, I now express my love for them more often.
 
Any special facts or story about your family?
My parents were both in the Air Force. I loved hearing their stories of all the places they have traveled, and it made me excited to travel and explore the world like them.
 
What is the most unusual thing you have ever done?
Growing up, I never had other children to play with. One day, I decided to play a prank on my father. I painted his nails different colors and then pretended to sew him an outfit together. I used a bunch of materials lying around the house and added a bunch of fake bugs all over his body. He woke up in shock.
 
What is your most memorable moment?
One of my most memorable moments is when my parents sent me on a school trip to Europe, as a sweet sixteen gift. I was able to experience different cultures in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and England. I never expected to have the opportunity.
 
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
My advocacy is the protection of coral reefs. My island is known for its beautiful coral reefs. Our coral reefs are what protect the island from life threatening tsunamis. It is also nature’s most beautiful creation. Many marine life find refuge in coral reefs and it is what helps keep life in the ocean stable. It helps continue the circle of life.
 
What makes you proud of the country you are representing?
Guam is very rich in history. What makes me proud of my country is even though we are a small island in the middle of the Pacific, we have a big heart. If you come to my island, you will experience the best food, the most amazing hospitality, and the warmest beaches you will ever swim in. We’re a culmination of LOVE and HAFA ADAI!
 
What can you promote about your country?
My country is a beautiful island, located near the deepest trench in the world, the Marianas Trench. We have coral reefs surrounding and protecting our island. My island is affected by wild fires, water pollution, and deforestation. My island and its people are taking small steps to make permanent changes for future generations in our community. We recently opened a second landfill because the old location had reached the end of its life and became hazardous to our water reservoir. We have different organizations, ranging in different ages, doing their part in keeping Guam clean.