In June 2017, Myrtle Sarrosa finished her bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communications at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City with flying colors.
The Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 big winner graduated cum laude.
Myrtle then enumerated the opportunities that came her way after completing her studies.
She said, "Kasi before siguro sobra yung tingin ng tao sa akin [after] PBB.
"Kasi di ba nag-graduate ako sa U.P. na cum laude, then after that, I had parang, finally, nagkaroon na ako ng free time to do various things that I wanted to do in my career.
"I think that was the turning point na hindi ko nilimit yung sarili ko in just doing TV work, but I went into singing and songwriting.
"I went into gaming after college. Kasi nung college, hindi talaga ako naglalaro ng games, e, as in ano talaga ako tutok talaga ako sa pag-aaral.
"So I got into gaming, and I got the chance to travel after that, so I think that was the turning point of my career and as a person."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press interviewed Myrtle via Zoom last Monday, November 23, 2020.
MYRTLE: FINDING HER PURPOSE
Myrtle pursued an acting career after she won PBB in 2012.
She appeared in several ABS-CBN shows but, at that time, she also felt unsure about what she really wanted in her life.
She said, "Before parang lagi kong hinahanap yung purpose ko in life. Lagi ko hinahanap yung purpose ko as an artist.
"Parang competitive, after PBB, sobrang competitive ng space sa industry na minsan parang I did not feel good enough for myself.
"I needed to re-learn, go back to school, study, para ma-realize na parang there's more to life than just fame.
"And sometimes opportunities don't come to you during that time, it's because you need to improve.
"So doon ko nakita yung, parang, 'Ah kailangan ko pala munang matutunan ito para kapag dumating yung opportunity, alam ko na kung ano yung gagawin ko,' and continuously educate, improve, and be better."
MYRTLE: MULTI-tasker to the core
Although Myrtle is focused on improving herself as an actress, she has been exploring other possibilities as well—as a performer, an influencer, and an online content creator.
Myrtle told the press it's all about multi-tasking, "We have so much time in a day, so yung mga binibigay sa akin na mga oras, ginagawa ko doing the things that I love.
"Yun nga, I love music, usually I wake up in the morning 'tapos I play music 'tapos sumasabay na ako sa pagkanta.
"In the afternoon, I do my work. Pagkatapos in the evening, yun yung opportunity ko to connect with my friends.
"Yung madalas namin ginagawa together is playing video games, so naging passion ko na rin.
"And usually, yun nga, habang naglalaro kami, sinasabay ko na, ini-stream ko na rin so that I have the opportunity to reach out sa followers ko.
"And after that, ang dami kong time, di ba? Bago ako matulog, nanonood ako ng one to two episodes ng anime.
"Because of the pandemic, naulit ko yung buong series ng Naruto. Isipin mo yun, nasa 800 episodes ata.
"'Tapos per day [nakakarami] ako, e, yun yung pinapanood ko. Naka-ano lang, naka-times two yung speed.
"There's really so much time especially ngayon na everyone's working from home.
"You hold your time, you don't have to spend so much time in the traffic.
"So yung time dati na parang nawe-waste natin, kasi before nagda-drive din ako, parang ngayon nama-maximize ko lahat in doing various things."