I asked Jehza to share with me the thoughts running inside her head and heart nowadays and here is how she expressed herself:
“I am turning 22 this April 2, and for Bb. Pilipinas 2017, I will represent Davao City once more.
Joining for a 2nd time made me become more mission-driven. Exposed to many activities with the titleholders last year as 2nd runner up, it made my vision more vivid and strong enough to pursue this career. Many people always ask me why too soon. However, I believe if it is really my passion, I cannot let this opportunity just pass me by. It’s like sunrise… if I wait too long, I will miss it. And just like sunrise… it will never be the same — I believe it’s worth taking a risk. Who knows what lies ahead.
In terms of pressure, I know it is there. For me it is relative. Kung paniniwalaan kong pressure ang mga bagay, magiging pressure talaga sila. I view it as an opportunity and a challenge to grow and to better know my capacity. In fact I never thought I would place last year. This time, it’s a whole new ballgame where you will see the new me…
I never imagined I will be joining a beauty pageant competition. Growing up with brothers, I hardly saw myself in this field. But since I wanted to share my story – overcoming adversities in life such as hardships, death of both parents while young and becoming an independent, responsible woman – I know that my life can serve as an inspiration to others. What made my mission even stronger is the people who messaged me because they have the same story as well. I want to represent them. I want to be the voice of these young people. And if I have to go through this competition for a second time and see myself through, I will gladly do it, Tito Norman. My heart is here and I have a mission to do. I cannot let go of this chance pass by.”
“Since I wanted to share my story, I made constant efforts in taking part in the activities of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP). Now Tito Norman, I am the ambassador of FAP Mindanao Chapter. We encourage children and youth to share their stories through films. From there, the possibilities are endless.”
There is really something new and progressive in the mind-set and focus of Jehza. Sure, she wants to win a crown first and foremost. But she also plans to use the possible victory to strengthen her platform for the youth in Mindanao and beyond.
Will she be more triumphant this time around? What do you think, dear readers?