In the recently concluded Cannes Festival, veteran actress Jaclyn Jose clinched the prestigious Best Actress Award, a first for Philippines and thesame for whole Southeast Asia for her exceptional drug-dealing matriarch role on a movie entitled Ma’ Rosa.
Meanwhile, a new queen caught my attention. I truly admire her royalty for she proved that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. Dreams do come true, just rev up your engine and be determined to propel yourself forward and reach your port of success.
Nina Sue da Silva, an alumna of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), is Philippines’ first licensed Marine Chief Engineer. Competitive like Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, she worked hard to win the most coveted title. If Pia had learned how to be confidently beautiful, Nina on the other hand, metamorphosed by being confidently competent and beautiful both at sea and ashore.
Working and living at sea however, as the rose among the torns is cumbersome. On Inquirer, Lucia P. Tangi, a University of the Philippines- Diliman professor writes:
To continue, an Indian senior engineer even invited Nina inside his cabin.
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Nina da Silva’s determination to reach the engine department’s top post sparkles.
No sexist predator had ever caught her by claws at sea. Hence, she got the respect and trust of her colleagues. In a Facebook post, the queen of engine was warmly congratulated by many Filipinos and other multinationals.
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