ANOTHER lady was hailed as SunStar SuperBalita Reader's Choice 2017 out of 13 candidates of Hiyas ng Barangay 5-A of Bankerohan, Davao City.
Rayjean Gain Tadios, 21, is a fourth year student of Ateneo De Davao University (AdDU) who is taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Early Childhood or BEED-ECED.
From the 13 ladies who all vied for the title as the next reader's choice, it was Jean who made it to the top after garnering the most number of online and coupon votes from her followers.
In an interview with her, Jean shared her advocacy, saying that she wants to be an instrument and inspiration to others.
She said that she wants to motivate others to pursue their dreams no matter how hard it is; adding that being poor is not an excuse in achieving one’s goals in life.
Tadios said that it was her teacher who encouraged her to join beauty pageants.
"I don't think na… I'm fit for a pageant pero nag-try ako (I do not think that I’m fit for a pageant but I’ve given it a shot)," she said.
To further enhance her self-confidence, she underwent training in proper walking, answering questions, and how to project one’s self before a crowd.
She admitted that due to her determination to win, there are instances when she has to sacrifice some important things like spending more time on her studies and to be with her family during weekends.
"May time talaga na I have to sacrifice a day sa school. Like for example, [during] final rehearsals, I have to be absent kasi whole day siya," Jean said. She is also one of the candidates of Mutya ng Davao 2017.
She added that because of pressures and some issues, there are times that she wants to give up and just give in to her dream.
Jean, who is the reigning Miss Love Radio 2017, confessed that she did cry when she was not able to get the crown for the Hiyas ng Bankerohan 2017.
"Umiyak ako, but I know God has greater plans for me."
The 21-year-old beauty is just so thankful to her family, friends and supporters who truly believe in what she can do.
Jean is also open in joining bigger beauty pageant events like Bb. Pilipinas.
"Of course. Sagarin na rin natin ang pangarap. Libre naman," she quipped.
And to those who dream of becoming a beauty queen in the future: "Follow your dreams. I never thought na maabot ko siya…na I can be a beauty queen. So with God, everything is possible. Kung dream mo siya, don't just dream, make a move, and make a step. And of course, errors should be a reason for growth and not an excuse for discouragement." (With Patricia S. Tuyac and Salve Christy D. Bana-ay, NDDU interns)
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Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 05, 2017.
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