After touring the world as an “eco-ambassador,” Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova, is back in the Philippines, where the international beauty pageant is based.
Visiting The Manila Times on Friday for a roundtable interview, Fajksova said, “I am so happy to be back here. I call it my second home because I never been to other countries for two months. I was here for two months [when I won last year], and I will be here for two months again.”
Fajksova just came from South Africa. Before that she toured other countries including Finland, Sri Lanka, Ghana, South Sudan, Indonesia and Mauritius.
“All my year, I have been going to different countries and speaking to people about the environment,” Fajksova said. “But then, it also became a bit political since I also talked to the governments of the countries about what they can do for their environment.”
Fajksova noted that though she spoke to a lot of adults as eco-ambassador, it is the children that she wanted to influence most.
“I always talk to children from the public schools because I want to educate them while they are young,” she said. “Because when they are taught early on, caring for the environment will be natural when they get old. The best part of my work is the children.”
She has launched the “Learn, See, and Do” project as her main campaign for Miss Earth.
The Times asked Fajksova what her most memorable country and experience were so far.
“I have learned something different from every country. And all of those for me are memorable experiences.”
Fajksova will be busy in the following weeks. She will attend the Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 show today; visit more public elementary schools for talks on environmental awareness and conservation; and welcome the over 100 candidates of the 2013 edition of the pageant, schedule on December 8.
The 5’11 blonde beauty will go to Boracay in November. But what does the former professional volleyball player really love to do? “Watch a local basketball game.”