Jehza Huelar, the country's bet at the recently-held Miss Supranational 2018 in Poland, had a memorable journey.
But aside from the usual "met new people," "learned about new cultures," and other pleasant pageant experiences, it would seem that the Davaoeña beauty queen's trip was beset with bad luck.
Last night, December 7, after announcing the top 10, a shocking thing happened to her glittering gown.
On her Instagram story, she showed the safety pins that fastened its back portion.
A netizen asked, "Posible kayang nasabotahe o aksidenteng nasira nung isasara na?"
She did not provide further details, and simply wrote, "So this happened just after announcing Top 10 [weary face emoji]."
Prior to the announcement that Jehza made it to top ten, here's how she fared during the evening gown competition.
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A Top 10 finish is still an achievement. I lied na it’s a YAY for me. No, it’s not. Kakarampa pa lang, may results na agad? Whuuuuuuutttt? That’s crazy. Gusto ko yung idea na huli rumampa si Jehza because kita nyo naman, ginalingan nya. Taob yung iba sa performance nya. SWEAR! It’s like save the best for last. It’s obvious na may Judy Ann’s Kitchen kanina. Di ko din kasi magets kung bakit random yung paglabas nung girls. Hindi sunod-sunod. Kaloka. Ang dami ko tuloy hanash. With this kind of performance, Top 5 agad girllll. Mukhang naka-papel lang din kasi sila eh lyk MGI? Also, I noticed na high yung ibang queens. Si Mutya lang ata gising. Hahaha Thanks to Jennie of Blackpink, naka-place si Koya Wel. Thanks to Poland, naka-place si Magda. Char haha - I’m still proud of Jehza. All out sya kanina. I was blown away with her performance. This is her best, the evening gown. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 You made us so proud, Jehza! You killed it! 👏🏼🇵🇭 - From @forthephilippines #misssupranational #misssupranational2018 #jehzahuelar #missphilippines #philippines #beautypageant #pageantry #beautyqueen #suprashow #filipina #filipinabeauty #beauty #queen #philippines #philippines🇵🇭 #bbpilipinas #bbpilipinas2018
The first unfortunate incident happened sometime between November 18 and 20, while en route to Poland.
"Yes, my 6 luggage were mistakenly left by an airline in London," she confirmed through an Instagram post.
"What I only got in my hand bag is a sweater, pants, 1 pair of undies, a jacket, my make up kit and all my documents including passport, etc."
On November 21, her update was: "BUT NOW ALMOST ALL MY LUGGAGE ARE HERE WITH ME (still missing one more)."
The following day, she received the remaining luggage containing all her OOTDs.
How did she survive the first two days?
Jehza revealed, "I humbly asked the girls of @misssupranational to lend me some clothes I can wear in our activities."
The gown she wore to the official sashing ceremony was courtesy of Miss Vietnam Minhtu Nguyen (right).
The lady on the left was Miss Ecuador Carla Prado.
The 5'7" Pinay beauty also thanked the organizers of Miss Supranational, particularly its Creative Director Andre Leigh, Dorota, and Kasia.
"Thank you for all your effort in getting my luggage all the way from London..."
Most importantly, Jehza showed what positivity was like "amidst difficulty and doubt."
She underlined, "I learned that we should not worry much for God will not leave us with an empty hand.
Congrats, Jehza. You're a real winner!