NAME: Catherine Untalan
HOMETOWN: Mandaluyong City


  • Graduate Studies: University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Laguna: Masters in Environment and Natural Resource Management, Coastal Track (2009-Present)
  • Graduate Studies: University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Laguna: Diploma in Environment and Natural Resource Management (2007-2009)
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City: Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology (2006; graduated Cum Laude)
  • Secondary Education: St. Paul College of Parañaque, Parañaque City (2002)


  • Was awarded a scholarship by the US Government to take part in its International Visitors Leadership Training Program on Sustainable Urban Development conducted in Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, Detroit MI and San Francisco CA on August 21-September 11, 2010.
  • Crowned Miss Philippines-Earth in 2006 and represented the Philippines in the Miss Earth (International) pageant in 2006 and won Miss Earth-Water among 82 countries.
  • Was appointed spokesperson of the Biofuels for Life Campaign of the Sustainable Energy Development Program of USAID, Anti-Tobacco Smoking Campaign of the Department of Health and Human Nature Ambassador of Organic Products and most recently, World Fairtrade Organization Asia.
  • Co-authored a book entitled “Bakawan” in collaboration with Adarna Publishing House and Ronald McDonald House of Charities. This is the 33rd big book of Adarna and it is part of the Bright Minds Read Program of the Department of Education all over the Philippines.
  • Produced and marketed Project Noel, a short film on the environment awarded the Special Jury Prize by the Department of Education.
  • Co-hosted two government TV shows (Channel 4) on current affairs, occasional panelist in Boy Abunda’s The Bottomline and maintained a column entitled GreeNiche at a green magazine, Gen G.
  • Launched the “I Love My Planet Earth School and Community Tours” which has been the biggest program of the Miss Earth Foundation since its inception in 2004. To date, the project has gone all over the country, from Luzon to Mindanao and even to other countries such as Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.
  • Organized the Miss Earth Foundation and Inquirer-Read Along Sessions in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer focusing on environmental stories.
  • Initiated and organized activities such as Earth Day Pollution Free Motorcade and Miss Earth Eco-Fashion Design Competition which ran for two years.
  • Initiated functional partnerships with various organizations such as ABS-CBN Foundation, Earthday Network, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, World Wildlife Fund, Gawad kalinga, Firefly Brigade, Human Heart Nature, KILUS Foundation, Haribon Foundation, the academe and LGUs.

After representing the Philippines in a training abroad and the Miss Earth beauty pageant, Cathy wants to stand for the Filipino youth in the upcoming climate change negotiations on November in Durban, South Africa.

She believes that people are now aware but choose not to care about the environment. Through this gathering of like minds and heart, Cathy hopes to learn from and share with the rest of the world what can be don to save what is left of Mother Earth.


NAME: Monica Ortiz
DATE OF BIRTH: September 21, 1987
HOMETOWN: Quezon City


  • Graduate Studies: University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria: Master of Science in Environmental Science, Water Resources and Climate Change (2010-present)
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Chemistry; Comparative Literature (2009)
  • Secondary Education: Philippine Science High School, Diliman, Quezon City (2005)


  • “Climate Change and its Impacts on Water Supply” Training Course (funded by the European Union in Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • “9 Billion People in 2050: How Can Agriculture Stand Up to the Challenge?” (student forum on the issue of food security in a changing environment and large global population in Vienna, Austria)


  • Intern, the office of the Philippine Senator Loren Legarda (legislative team; speechwriting, drafting press releases and resolutions)
  • Intern, Manila Observatory, Dr. Gemma Narisma, Ateneo de Manila University (collecting research data for Masters thesis on Crop Production and Climate Change)
  • Student Assistant, University of Copenhagen (assisting in Environmental Management course)
  • Naturalist Intern, National Audubon Society (Environmental Educator for children and adults; organic farm experience)
  • Neotropical Ecology Field Course (3-week field biodiversity and ecology study in different ecosystems in Ecuador)

Mon is a proud Pinay who is a graduate student in Europe on an Erasmus scholarship. She is passionate about environmental science, particularly climate change, water resources, biodiversity and ecology, agriculture and environmental education.

She hopes to go to the COY and COP-17 to put her studies into practice, and learn, learn, learn all she can so that she can take the knowledge back to the Philippines where she hopes to be a leader in the science of climate change adaptation and mitigation in the country.


NAME: Jemima Marie P. Mendoza 
DATE OF BIRTH: April 1, 1991 
HOMETOWN: Davao City

EDUCATION: Ateneo de Manila University (Bachelor of Arts, Major in European Studies: International Relations Track, Minor in Hispanic Studies 2014)


  • Volunteer, Noynoy for President Davao Chapter (2010)
  • Tele-educator for Gabay Halalan, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (2010)
  • Associate Commissioner, Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools Commission on Elections (2009-2010)
  • Ateneo Task Force Ondoy Core Team, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Arm (2009)
  • Philippine Goodwill Ambassador to Spain, American Field Service (AFS) Scholars and Returnees, Inc. (2008-2009)

Although her curriculum vitae describes very little of her enthusiasm over the international climate change movement, Mima is very much passionate about global environmental issues. Her knowledge and strengths lie in international and green politics, with a concentration on world history and state behavior. Her goal is to translate whatever she learns from both the COY7 and the COP17 into domestic policy initiative, focusing on clean energy and tax breaks for individuals and companies with environmental stratagems. Her ambition is to enter Philippine politics, elect a president into the Malacañang and play an important, behind-the-scenes role in the political machinery of the country. She speaks fluent conversational Spanish, likes cookies and is obsessed with Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing.