When Myrtle Sarrosa was declared the grand winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 in 2012, she was expected to soar—look at what happened to previous teen winners Kim Chiu and Ejay Falcon!
But just like Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash 2010 winner James Reid, the Ilongga newbie had to wait a little.
“Actually, ang tagal ko rin naghintay. Three years!” began Myrtle at the Berocca party, where PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to talk to her one-on-one.
“Nandun yung enthusiasm, yung expectation, pero time went by, and you realized, ‘Grabe! Parang ang daming panahong nawala!’”
Partly, she had herself to blame.
“Actually, nung PBB pa lang, they were giving me opportunity ‘tapos ako yung nagkamali.
“Hindi ko nabigay yung all ko.”
She was 17 then, a freshman at the University of the Philippines in Diliman taking up Business Administration and Accountancy.
“May mga offers pero I had to say no dati for studies.
“Binigyan ako ng break sa Precious Hearts Romances, kaso nung time na yun, 17 pa lang ako tapos nahihiya pa ako magpakita ng katawan.
“So nung time na yun, nahihiya pa ako so hindi ko pa nabigay yung lahat-lahat ko.
“’Tapos kung ginawa ko lang yung sinabi ni Ate Kim [Chiu] before na first opportunity pa lang ay binigay niya lahat-lahat niya e ‘di sana, maybe, iba ngayon.”
MOVING FORWARD. But she’s young, and chose not to wallow in regrets.
The moment opportunity came knocking again, “…binibigay ko na lahat-lahat ko. I’m now open to possibilities.
“Part of the waiting period kasi, nag-mature ka in the process.”
From being a patweetums cosplayer, she was recently relaunched as one of the Star Magic Angels.
She clarified, “We’re not just as group but also as individuals who have different personalities and talents.
“Napaka-blessed ko po to be given this opportunity to re-invent myself kasi parang binigyan kaming lahat ng chance.
“Kasi most of us, nag-start as teens ‘tapos gusto na namin na parang more mature, more daring side.
“Ang showbiz kasi, artista kami e so we want to try the different fields talaga.”
The lady knows a bit of everything—hosting, drama, comedy, singing, and dancing.
“But yung forte ko talaga, hosting ‘tsaka drama so excited na kasi ngayong binigyan ako ng opportunity.”
NO TO LOVE YET. She’s now a courtside reporter for NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and a co-host in Umagang Kay Ganda.
“Almost all the games, ako yung nagha-handle except medyo naging busy sa Angels.
“Pero ako yung courtside dun, at the same time, ngayon, binigyan kami ng opportunities sa mga teleserye so blessed na kami.”
Her job lets her meet basketball players. Has one of them made a move to ask her out?
She smiled, “Actually meron pero right now, ayaw ko pa ma-in love ulit
“I'm open, ayaw kong magsabi ng hindi, but right now, I really, really wanna focus on my career.
"Totodo ko na!"
Has she moved on from her past with Senator Grace Poe’s son Brian Llamanzares?
She just shook off her head, then added, “I have so much respect for his family. I’d choose not to talk about it.”
How does she move on?
“Actually mahirap talaga siya. Siyempre, kahit sino naman po, when you’re used to having this person in your life ‘tapos bigla, wala, maninibago ka.
“I keep myself busy ‘tapos I always remember na blessed ako.
"So that pag naaalala ko man, nari-realize ko na may tinanggal man si God sa life ko, andami namang na-replace, madami namang blessings na dumadating—Star Magic angels, Deal or No Deal extended—so blessed na rin ako.”
On top of her showbiz commitments, “Nag-aaral pa rin ako sa UP Diliman, nagka-class ako every morning ‘tapos nagwo-work ako after.”
She’s now fourth year in college, and shifted to Broadcast Communication.
“If ever may dumating na project, sabi ko, ‘stop muna ako sa school.' Habang bata pa, grab the chance.”
The interview finished with a fan asking for a photo op with her.
She gladly obliged, slightly raising her foot a la Betty Boop, and beckoned all the onlookers with her charm.