Binibining Pilipinas 2020 candidate Alexandra Mae Rosales of Calamba, Laguna has encouraged the public to be responsible pet owners or pet parents saying that pet ownership is a privilege which should result in a mutually beneficial relationship.
“Many people lack awareness on animal care. Hanggang ngayon may thinking pa rin ang iba na unahin ang tao dahil hayop lang iyan. They are living creatures given to us by God. I believe God gave animals to us so that we can take care of them not to exploit them,” said Rosales during an interview at Araneta City Thursday night.
“Sometimes we use them for our resources. They have feelings also and tayong tao na may mga isip, we need to protect these animals,” Rosales said.
The Binibini front-runner also slammed products which use animals for their tests.
“There are make-up brands that use animals for testing such as lipstick and eye shadows. I don’t patronize make-up brands that test on animals,” Rosales said.
She added: “It’s a hidden issue and not many people know that. I hope these should be stopped. Many animals are exploited for research.”
Rosales, 23, said that she has seven cats and counting and three dogs.
“Some of them were adopted stray cats. Others were sold to us. Kawawa naman sila kung itatapon lang. We don’t put them in cages. They just roam in our place,” she said.
When not busy, Rosales is a volunteer for Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) in Mandaluyong City.
“What a good way to express my love for animals! And now, @dindo_1 and I are part of CARA’s volunteers. I have unlocked one of my life goals,” said Rosales on Instagram recently.
“CARA was formed in the year 2000 by a dedicated group of animal lovers determined to help the plight of animals in the Philippines. We are a non-profit, non-government organization that receives no government funding; we rely solely on private donations,” said CARA on its website.
Through Bb. Pilipinas pageant, Rosales said that she hopes to use this platform as a voice to help spread animal welfare in the country.
Rosales graduated with a degree in tourism at the Malayan College in Laguna. She used to work at a five-star hotel in Metro Manila. This Calamba beauty stands 5’9 1/2 and measures 36-25-36.
In 2015, Rosales competed at the Miss Southeast Asia Ambassadress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and finished as first runner-up.
The grand coronation night of Bb. Pilipinas 2020 pageant will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on April 26.