Of Crown and Confidence: Jannah Puno on Becoming a Queen
(Dated Posted: 02/10/2020)
Long before joining a national beauty pageant, Jannah Rochella Puno was a,lready a queen - LCC's Queen. But after besting 34 other candidates in Turismo Filipina 2019 coronation night on January 27 at the Manila Hotel, Lipa's very own ambitious 17-year-old lady was able to bring home the crown and a lot more than the crown.
And yet again, a queen in the making and after manifold days of hard work and restless nights, a queen again. But smarter, more confident, and poised than she ever was.
Joining this pageant was her decision and her mom's. Mr. Eddie Rosales, her handler and make up artist, referred the Turismo Filipina pageant to her. She then decided to try it out because, "Why not?" She saw this pageant as an opportunity waiting for her. To her, it was of a great privilege to represent and introduce the City of Lipa as she wants to show everyone how proud she was of being a Lipeña. That it was of great honor to be a representative of her beloved city. She firmly believes that it was her perseverance and determination that made her win the crown and the heart of many. Not only was she crowned but she was also awarded in having the best National Costume and will compete again in Vietnam for Ms. Capital ASEAN 2020.
While determination and perseverance hailed her as a queen, her ambitiousness and reliance on God made her different among the other candidates. It gave her an edge, a big step towards the crown. "I really am ambitious- and if you're ambitious, you are determined. You are dedicated and you have the courage to do all things with positivity that builds up your confidence. And with that confidence, you'll be able to possess such beautiful smile, perform that amazing catwalk and answer every question honestly with a heart to impress everyone and prove that you deserve to be a true beauty queen." said Jannah.
But bearing the crown was not just being a Queen of Turismo Filipina. It was more than that. It was being an ambassadress of our country, the Philippines, and having a lot of responsibilities and duties to fulfill. And though she may have won the crown, it still doesn't define her - what she reckons to define her is the things she will do with the crown as a queen.
"A crown represents something more than just winning a competition. It represented a legacy of the woman before me. It represented the work that I could do that is something so much bigger than myself. It was about the people who got me here- the people I wanted to help-my family, the LCCians, the Lipeños and everyone else." was Jannah's words.
Certainly, she has wowed people with her glamour and poised walk, made everyone stared in her resplendent beauty. Indeed, it takes guts to be a beauty queen. And an even more so bold confidence to fulfill the duties the crown has bear her with. But she was ready for it - all of it.
And without a doubt, she was more than a beauty and no less than a queen.