“If you want to make a difference, don’t put yourself in a box. Don’t follow patterns because it makes life more interesting on discovering things hidden.”
Current Ms. Earth Philippines Imelda Schweighart believes following your dreams that means learning to take full control of your thoughts and yourself.
Schweighart considers herself a typical ‘probinsyana’ (barrio lass), a Palaweña, who grew up witnessing the mysticisms in the forest of Puerto Princesa where they were nurtured by their grandfather.
“I grew up in the province where everybody is contented and happy. Nobody could ask for more because everything is there. Peace, good food, good people, breathtaking sceneries, fresh air, there’s just so much contentment and good honest hearts,” says the 21-year-old theater arts student.
Schweighart did a lot of sports when she was young. “I was always occupied in sports or lessons in talent honing. I focused on enriching my skills forcing myself to like academics, she shared.
Everything went smoothly growing up until Schweighart became the butt of the joke at school when her peers discovered about her living environment. That incident made her thought of escaping from the paradise she once lived comfortably with her family and imagining herself struggling in urban jungle filled with opportunities and challenges.
“I remembered telling myself to get out of that place. I felt stuck and un-progressive. I have lots of dreams and plans for my family so I decided to leave the province and find myself in place I have never been. I’ve explored my talent in places I knew it will be more accepted because when I was young, I thought that city gives freedom to expand one’s self. At age 14, I decided to pursue my dreams with or without my parents,” says Scheweighart.
Her family won’t let her leave the province but Scheweighart wants more. She decided to jump out of her comfort zone and explore new things to be a better person. Scheweighart started working at age nine and when she was 11, she joined contests and bagged some awards.
Aside from being a beauty queen, she also entered the showbiz industry since age 14. She was part of variety show Willing Willie as one of the co-hosts of Willie Revillame at Age 15 from 2010 to 2011 and was also part of the lead cast of youth-oriented drama series Bagets: Just Got Lucky, both aired on TV5. She is also an accomplished swimmer since her early elementary days.
“It makes me stronger every time I see the situation of my grandparents in the province. It pushes me to work hard because of my love for them. What I am