Janine Gutierrez found a different kind of role to play when she became WWF Philippines' new National Youth Ambassador in 2017.
As part of her duties, Janine had a different beach experience last May, when she and WWF Philippines flew to Donsol, Sorsogon to promote ecotourism.
This experience ultimately fired up Janine's passion to be an environment advocate.
"I went with WWF to Donsol a few months ago, and then nag-swimming kami kasama yung mga butanding [whale sharks]," the 28-year-old Kapuso star told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during her mini fund-raising activity for WWF at Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila last December 12.
"Sobrang na-educate nila ako on how that specific project site na inalagaan ng WWF helped na sobrang umangat yung kalidad ng buhay ng mga tao dun sa Donsol."
Their Donsol trip opened Janine's eyes to the positive effects of taking care of our environment.
She pointed out, "WWF isn't just about saving the animals. It's really about preserving the livelihood of the people.
"Sobrang umangat yung kalidad ng mga tao because napangalagaan nila yung environment."
I signed up for @wwfphilippines when I was in college but I never got to follow through. Yeeeears later, I'm so happy to be one of their National Youth Ambassadors! Traveling with them for the first time to Donsol, educating the children and promoting eco-tourism and the proper practices of Butanding interaction. If you want to see the whalesharks, choose Donsol!! ???? Visit wwf.org.ph to see how you can join our projects. Hope to see you in the next events! ???????????? #JanineAndWWF
As a National Youth Ambassador, Janine became more determined in encouraging people to reconsider their daily routines, such as using plastic or throwing trash anywhere.
She emphasized, "It's not too late.
"Alam ko madami sa atin have become a little negative or parang hopeless in the state of trash or climate change.
"But there is really so much that we can do to turn things around for the future and for the people that we also have to look out for."
What do you do to help keep the environment clean, PEPsters?