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‘Akong papang kay farmer’: Shamcey Supsup’s ‘probinsyana story’ goes viral

Shamcey Supsup opens up about her life growing up in a barrio in General Santos City.

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10/29/2020 08:41 AM
‘Akong papang kay farmer’: Shamcey Supsup’s ‘probinsyana story’ goes viral
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Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup inspired several netizens with her ‘probinsyana story’ where she recalled how she started from being a promdi to fulfilling her dream of becoming a beauty queen. 

Shamcey — whose mom worked as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) — shared her life growing up in a barrio in General Santos City with her father and aunt. The 34-year-old beauty queen added that apart from her family, she is also used to living with animals like ducks, chickens, and carabaos.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Bag-o ko nibalhin sa manila, sa katanggawan gyud ko nidako. Akong papang kay farmer. Wala mi silingan kay layo man mi sa barrio so wala koy gihimu kundi mag tuon lng sa balay kay ako lng man isa. Sa balay ang tao lang ako, akong papa ug auntie kay si mama OFW man. Aside sa ila, daghan mig pato, manok ug kabaw. Perti nakong ituma kay sigi man ug dula sa gawas. Naa pa gani time na gikuto ug maayo,” she wrote in her local dialect. (Bago ako lumipat sa Manila, sa Katanggawan talaga ko lumaki. Ang papa ko ay farmer. Wala kaming kapitbahay dahil malayo kami sa barrio so, wala akong magawa kundi mag-aral lang sa bahay dahil ako lang mag-isa. Sa bahay ang tao lang ako at sina papa at Auntie, kasi si mama ay OFW. Aside sa kanila, marami kaming pato, manok at kalabaw. Sa kalalaro ko sa labas ang itim ko na. Di lang yan sa sobrang init, nagkaroon ako ng kuto)

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In a separate post, Shamcey shared a photo from her childhood days.

“Ang ebidensya: Kay wala man koy igsoon ug layo man ang mga silingan, nakit-an gyud diri sa picture na akong mga kadula kay ang mga pato lng. Aguy akong mga anak mga susyal naman kay ‘rubber duckies’ man lang ang ilang nabal-an. Can't wait for this pandemic to be over, para makauli sa gensan akong mga anak ug dili lng plastic na pato ang makit-an. (Wala akong kapatid at malayo ang mga kapitbahay, nakita niyo naman sa picture na ang mga kalaro ko ay mga pato lang. Sosyal ang mga anak ko dahil “rubber duckies” lang ang alam nila. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over, para makauwi na ng Gensan ang mga anak ko at hindi lang plastik na pato ang makikita nila.)

The Iligan City-born beauty queen, who eventually had to transfer to Manila during high school due to the nature of her mom’s job, admitted that she used to have fears because of her difficulties with speaking Tagalog back then.  

“Suko kayo si mama pag muuli kay ang puti na lang daw sakoa kay ang ngipon ug akong mata. Tung nag high school ko, gipabalhin ko ni mama sa manila kay diri man iyang trabaho. Suko kaayo ko uy kay ganahan naman ko sa akong school sa MSU. Pero ang tinuod nahadlok ko mubalhin kay baliko akong tagalog ba. Baysin himuon lng kong kataw-anan sa akong mga classmates. Pero ingon sa akong mama, bisag asa ka ibutang, kung bright ka ug kugihan pa gyud, mu excel ka gihapon,” she said. (Naiinis sakin si mama tuwing uuwi siya kasi ang maputi na lang daw sakin ay ngipin at mata. Noong high school na ako, pinalipat ako ni mama dito sa Manila dahil dito na rin sya nagtatrabaho. Sobrang inis ko kase mas gusto kong mag aral sa school ko, sa MSU. Pero sa totoo lang takot talaga ako lumipat kasi yung Tagalog ko baliko. Baka gawin lang akong katatawanan ng mga kaklase ko. Pero sabi nga ni mama, kahit saan ka pa ilagay, kung bright at masipag ka, mag e-excel ka pa rin sa klase.)

 

 

But Shamcey managed to survive the city life and made it to her dream school — the University of the Philippines - Diliman (UP-Diliman). 

“True enough, ni graduate ko ug salutatorian sa Makati High School ug nakasulod sa akoang dream university ang UP. And they would say, the rest is history,” wrote Shamcey who finished Architecture at UP. (True enough, naka-graduate akong salutatorian sa Makati High School kung saan nakapasok ako sa dream university ko, ang UP. And they would say, the rest is history.)

READ: Shamcey Supsup: ‘Grades are not everything’

Shamcey then gave advice to her fellow ‘promdis’ and said that they should never be afraid to dream big like her. 

“Kaya sa tanan na Promdi diha, ayaw mo maulaw o mahadlok kay world class pud mo, ako gani niabot sa universe!” (Kaya ang masasabi ko sa lahat ng Promdi dyan, wag kayong mahiya o matakot kasi pang world class din kayo. Ako nga narating ko ang universe! )

Recalling how she get used to get laughed at for her surname which means ’to sip’ in english, she said: “Aside pa gyud ana, ngano man Supsup pa gyud akong apelyido uy. Pag roll call sa klase, akuang pangalan ang comedy.” (Aside pa diyan, natanong ko sa sarili ko bakit ba kasi Supsup pa yung apelyido ko. Pag roll call sa klase, ang pangalan ko yung comedy.)

 

 

Admitting that she used to try hard to just blend in with everyone, she said she eventually realized that she was born to stand out. 

“Niadto, pangandoy lang nako na mag blend it lang sa tanan ba, na maging normal/common lng. Pero sabi nga, why blend in when you are born to stand out? Kaya stand proud wherever you are because there is no one exactly like you in this world.” (Dati, ang hiling ko lang, magblend it lang sa lahat, na maging normal/common lang. Pero sabi nga, why blend in when you are born to stand out? Kaya stand proud wherever you are because there is no one exactly like you in this world.)

See her post below: 

Shamcey Supsup married businessman Lloyd Lee two years after her Miss Universe run. They currently have two children named Nyke and Nathan. 

Shamcey currently serves as the director of the Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines.