Miss Teen Dashoa 2019: A Pageant with a Purpose

We all know that garbage disposal has long been a global dilemma. The threat of waste to the environment, health and safety is huge. So when people organize activities that centers around waste disposal and the preservation of Mother Earth, everybody notices, and some even participates by starting a revolution of their own.

The youth of Sitio Tierra Dulce in Inayawan, Cebu City has come up with an initiative to address the pressing issue on waste management. They organized a mini-beauty pageant dubbed as Miss Teen Dashoa to help create awareness about upcycling.

According to the organizers and candidates, Miss Teen Dashoa is their simple way of igniting the fire so that more people gears up for a greener and healthier world through upcycling.

Miss Teen DASHOA

To those who’s wondering, upcycling is when you give an item a better or higher purpose. It is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful.

Miss Teen Dashoa 2019: A Pageant with a Purpose
Image by Sarah Tyau

Some of us may have heard of the word, while others not, and can only assume that it is similar to recycling, but not really. Here’s a quick comparison between the two:

Recycling is when you take materials and break them down so their base materials can be remade into a new product, often of lesser quality.

When you upcycle an item, on the other hand, you don’t break down the materials. Most likely, you would be refashioning them but still made of the same materials.

Now that you know what upcycling is, here are the lovely candidates of Miss Teen Dashoa 2019 wearing upcycled attires.

Props to Jem Almunds and fellow PCC member, the legendary Mark Kevin Badayos, for sparing their time to capture these stunning photos.

Herbert Kikoy

Surigaonon by birth, Butuanon by heart and now an adopted son of Cebu, Herbert is a hobbyist photographer who focuses on Food, Sports, Travel and Festivals photography.