The 1st Asian and Filipina to win Ms Teen Planet 2016
Miss Maria Jayzamel Vista - Miss Teen Planet Philippines 2016
Ms Teen Planet Philippines won Miss Teen Planet 2016
Maria Jayzamel Vista, daughter of Tanay Rizal's Vice Mayor Jimmy Vista won as the 1st ever Filipina Ms Teen Planet in Sozopol, Bulgaria. Jayza also bagged the Best in National Costume Award
Jayza is a consistent 1st honor student. She graduated as class valedictorian during high school and at present, she is an academic scholar at University of the East Manila taking up Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. She is also the president of a debating team , a member of a student council and an active volunteer for different community services.
Recently, Jayza visited a home for the elderly and extended a hand to the less fortunate children in different places in coordination of the Rotary Club.
Jayza is also a public speaker and advocate of Kindness in Action World Challenge by QBP organization.
PROVERBS 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
People used to say that life is all about luck and money. Some says that it is all about love and religion. Others believe that it is simply a passing thing in this world. And I, believe that life is all about how you actually live it regardless of all the cruelty and sufferings in this world. It is being able to see good in every situation no matter how bad it is or seeing a light of hope in the midst of hopeless abyss of darkness. Basically, it is simply having a positive outlook in life and living with a purpose.
Growing up in a well-known family in my town, Tanay in the province of Rizal, with my father being a government official was not easy at all. Being born into a respected family does not mean that we are a wealthy family because we are actually just simple people. However, it means that people would have higher expectations from you and I did not really mind that before. I think it is my greatest gift from God to be born in this world and being raised well by great parents. I am a “Daddy’s girl” but I can proudly say that I am not a spoiled brat. My father, the current Vice Mayor of Tanay and my ever loving and beautiful mother had exposed me to different circumstances in life unintentionally which made me realize a lot of things in life in a very early age. At the age of two, I was a little child who eagerly wishes to enter school. At the age of three, I was a jolly little girl who likes showing off and so I won the title “Little Miss Tupperware” with my “little smart attitude” as they always say. My father usually takes me to events especially in graduation rites where he was invited because I like listening to people who gives inspiring messages. Watching him always giving speeches on the stage made me idolize him more on how his simple words can touch the lives of many people and from then on, at the age of five, I have told myself that I will inspire others too. One time, we attended a graduation where the valedictory speech of that high school’s top student had really struck my heart. He expressed his unending gratitude to his father who sells “taho” or soya to be able to send him to school and provide for his needs. Hearing all the struggles their family had gone through just to let him finish his study made me realize how privileged I am to be sent to school with complete uniform and food. And so, I promised myself that all the hardships of my parents in sending me to school will not be put to waste because I will study really hard to give them honor. At the age of six, I graduated kinder as the first honor and it was like a little dream came true when I was finally able to give my own speech on stage during graduation. From that day on, I swore to myself that I will graduate grade school giving a speech again. I studied Kindergarten and Grade School in a public school and I am very proud and content to be sent there because that school, Patricio Jarin Memorial Elementary School, has taught me a lot. I learned how to wash dishes there when I was in first grade, I sweep the grounds, I plant crops, I was able to join Girl’s Scout, I competed different competitions and quiz bees bringing honor to my alma mater, I played different sports like table tennis and volleyball before finally settling with badminton after I championed it, and I was able to lead the school’s student government. All in all, it shaped me up. I was able to maintain being on top from first grade until I graduated and I offer all the honors I’ve got to my family and to the people who believed in me from the start. My parents used to take me with them to mountain barangays whenever there is what we called “pista sa nayon”. There, I learned how peoples’ lives are very different from each other. Some students walk two hours or more just to get to school, yet they are eager to learn. A lot don’t have gadgets or any technological devices, even electricity, yet they are happy. Then I realized that life might be really unfair but it is up to you how you want it to become. We are all blessed no matter what our situation in life is but we are still responsible for our own lives so if we are suffering, we should strive for progress and if we are privileged, we must be humble and share our blessings.
I got a scholarship in one of the oldest school in my town, San Ildefonso College. I was determined that I will never let my parents have the burden of paying for my tuition fee. I have known that my High School life would be more challenging with more competitors and struggles but with strong motivation and God’s guidance, I was able to maintain being on top until I graduated last March,2015. But my High School years were not composed only of studying because I guess I am a person who just can’t stop doing a lot of things, I was a non-stop officer of different organizations inside and outside the campus until I was elected as the President of the student council while working as the Editor-in-Chief of our school’s official publication, Ildefonsian Pen. At the age of 15, I was crowned as first ever Ms. Teen Generation Rizal. The same year, I was awarded as the Collegiate Ambassador for Peace by the World Youth Federation of Asia and W-CARP. I was also a youth consultative body of the National Youth Commission during the 22nd National Youth Congress. At the age of 16, I became one of the Elite Circle 12 of the Mr. and Ms. Philippine Youth. Another blessing came after that giving me the title of Ms. Teen Planet Philippines. All my life, I always had plans. I have my own time table with every achievement that I wanted to have. But after High School, I found myself wanting to take multiple courses. I want to achieve so much in my life and that was the first time I think I made the hardest decision in my life. My ultimate dream was to become a doctor but I realized that I should not only think about my dreams for my own sake. I want to consider all the factors and consequences that might affect the people around me. I want my goals to be selfless. So after reevaluating all my plans and restructuring my priorities and responsibilities, I found out that it would be best if I take a business course so that the businesses which my parents are working hard for will be well taken care in the future. I ended up taking a college entrance exam at University of the East Manila for Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. At first, I was so happy to know that my school fees are free. Before the school year starts, I was offered to take an exam for another scholarship with an allowance and I gladly passed! During my first semester, I joined the UE Dawn as a sports writer. Of course, being me, I cannot stop myself from doing other things especially with public service. I continued my advocacy in helping, motivating, and inspiring the youth. In the absence of Sangguninang Kabataan, I stood as the President of Task Force Youth on Development of Brgy. San Isidro while being the Ambassadress of the Tanay Youth Center. In June 2016, I went to Bulgaria, Europe to represent Philippines for the Ms. Teen Planet international finals. And I think odds have been really good with me to give me my most heartwarming title. At the age of 17, I was crowned as Ms. Teen Planet in Bulgaria with Best in National Costume as a special award. At the age of 18, I took the Professional Civil Service License Examination for experience but God must be very proud of me to let me pass it! The same year, I was awarded as one of the youngest achiever of Tanay. Mr. and Ms. Globe Rizal has also regarded me as the “Binibini ng Bayan”. Now I am a busy 19 year-old lady. I am currently the President of the Tanay On-the-go LEO Club and the third Vice President of the LEO Club District 301-D2 Philippines. I am the President of the UE Bully-Free Life Advocates, Vice President Internal of the UE Debate and Speech Society, and the Vice President of the UE Bright Leaders Association for Zeal and Excellence, our university’s official scholars’ organization. I have done a lot in my life. I commit mistakes. I have flaws. I am imperfect and I think it is normal. Others might say that I am still young to get myself busy with a lot of things but I believe age is just a number. Maturity does not come with age. It is our choice when to be responsible and make our lives worthy. Knowing how short life is, I want to make the best out of every moment. And I am saying all of these not to show off that “I am this and that” but to point out that we can be anyone we want, we can achieve anything we are yearning for. If we will work hard for it, if we will believe that nothing is impossible, if we will believe that we can conquer any difficulties in life, we will succeed no matter how hard the process is. What important is to know your purpose. There were times when I’m so down and devastatingly lonely like the people around me are just waiting for me to fail. There were times when I feel really tired and I just want to shut down but I always go back to my purpose. What do you want to do or to become? And at the end of the day, keep your feet on the ground and be humble. Remember whatever you achieve, it is not your achievement but God’s. Because in order to be successful, you have to learn that your faith should be bigger than your fears. Faith on yourself, faith in every situation, and faith in Him. There is no smooth path to success, you just have to be patient. So start living your life humbly and worthy.
Maria Jayzamel B. Vista Ms. Teen Planet 2016
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