20 year-old We’am Ronquillo Ahmed is Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate representing Davao del Norte. She is a Tourism major at the University of Mindanao. This beautiful Fil-Egyptian (and relative) ingenue from down south was honest enough to admit that she has been avoiding social media as much as possible all throughout the quarantine period. She would rather spend the long days and nights reading and bonding with her family. If she can help it, that is. The Qrown Philippines was able to pin her down for a live chat on FB last week. Watch her interview below where she also touches on a well-meaning advocacy for Mental Health.
Below is an excerpt from We’am’s inner thoughts during this isolation period.
“I know we tend to escape ourselves by avoiding being alone or trying to distract ourselves by using social media,but we’ve been given such a huge amount of time at the moment with the social distancing and stay at home isolation. I’m highly aware that’s it’s terrifying, to be isolated with the thoughts you tend to push away, to be isolated with yourself. I know it’s a terrifying thing to be drowning in those thoughts,and to be suffocated by them. Trust me, I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.
But there will come a time, where we’ll have to face them, and maybe this is that time.
By that, I mean self reflection and meditation. Delve a lil deeper into understanding yourself, gather information and focus your energy into self transformation. Be it mentally, physically or emotionally.
It’s not a easy thing, it’s not an overnight thing as well, it won’t magically make you okay the next day, but I know for a fact it will bring more ease and clarity,kahit dahan dahan or even for a bit. Most especially a bit of tranquility sa self mo, and being at peace with your own person…”