For our 16th pair of Official Candidates for Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018, I give you two young individuals who underwent totally different struggles in life to reach the point where they stand right now. The guy from Antipolo City is an example of self-determination amidst survival mode and the girl from Mandaluyong City who bravely went through the travails of someone who was pre-judged by her skin color.
Meet Joshua Helito #HeartOfASurvivor and Daniella Mariz Lamptey #BlackIsBeautiful.
Joshua may have gone through a string of rock-bottom moments and difficulties in life at a young age. However, these trying times served as his motivation to push himself up and mark a number of milestones in life – two of which are winning World’s Best Models Philippines – Junior Division 2017 and successfully graduating from La Salle College Antipolo just very recently.
“The story of my life is one for dramatic teleseryes. There were times when the family had almost nothing to eat except whatever growing vegetables can be picked from the backyard. That taught my siblings and I to plant anything so that there will always be something available to cook for our meals. There were times when I also experienced eating cheap junk food as viand instead of the usual plain dishes. And you’d be surprised to know that I also had my fair share of bullying while growing up. But here I am, still standing proud on my own two feet.
What are your best life lessons?
“You simply need to sacrifice when you have nothing and never get back at people even if they continuously bruise my pride and feelings. It’s better if you don’t step on others just to get your own way.
I am one patient guy. And I will do whatever it takes to get what I want without losing my honor and dignity. My self-determination is so strong that I can weather any obstacle coming my way. It also helps that I fancy no frills in life – the simpler my existence, the better.”
What makes your family special?
“I come from a God-fearing and religious family. I love my parents unconditionally, and I will do everything to bring happiness to them, including those I consider close to my heart.”
“I am a Sophomore in College taking up Tourism Management.
I took up this course because of my love for travel. I want to see and discover the world’s beauty and many hidden places that will form part of my amazing experiences in life. Unlike other people I always find comfort whenever I travel and take creative shots of interesting things in the environment like bees, flowers, trees and other weird looking things found in the environment.”
What kind of a young woman are you?
“I am a woman of many dreams, I am an advocate of anti-bullying in my city of Mandaluyong. We have a mission to help young ones build confidence within themselves and help them overcome fear by conducting seminars, community extension and outreach programs.
In this stage of my life I am happy that through joining pageants, I am able to help other people by telling them my story and my own true experiences in life.
I also wanna add that black is a color that stands for bravery, darkness and obscurity. And for that, black represents me as a lady who is fiercer, bolder and 100% true. My complexion says it all.”
Daniella believes in the famous qoute “To live your life in fear is living your life half lived, so we should see and experience what the beauty of life has for us.” And with Mr & Miss Hannah’s World Tourism Philippines 2018, she will definitely see a lot of beauty and excitement in nature.