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“Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but it’s more difficult to regret."

"Winning a title like this can give me confidence to influence others and give me the opportunity to fulfill my advocacy. It is not just winning the title, it is about how you use that title to influence others, touch their lives and give them the inspiration to change their lives for better."

Tell us a little about yourself, your family background, education?

Hello! I’m Issa Arciga Janda, 20 years of age from Polangui, Albay. Right now I am a 3rd year student of Bicol College, Daraga, Albay, taking up Bachelor of Science in Criminology. I am the eldest among five siblings. Fish vending is the primary work of my parents. When I was an elementary pupil I helped sell fish to our neighbors in order to help my parents. Right now my mother is working abroad for a better income to sustain our needs.

How did you become interested in pageants?

I became interested in pageants because when I was a 2nd year college student, my friends pushed me to join in our school pageant. Unfortunately,  I lost, but even if I didn’t win, I knew that my life was changed and I went on to compete in pageants outside the school. Through my experience in joining pageants, I learned a lot - it helped me build my self-confidence especially in front of the crowd, developed my personality, talents, skills and I feel the spirit of camaraderie of the people watching the pageant. Joining pageant can actually be an inspiration to everyone especially to the youth that by giving the best that you can be, “Never give up just give your best!”

How does it feel to represent Polangui, Albay in Mister United Continents Philippines 2016?

It’s an honor and a privilege to represent my home town in this national pageant. I feel like I am the happiest person in the world. This kind of opportunity will have a great impact in my life because I can be a role model to inspire others and it would also help me achieve my goals in life. So when I learned that I was handpicked to join the Mister united Continents Philippines 2016, I immediately grabbed it, because if I won’t grab the opportunity, it might not happen again.

Give three adjectives that your friends would use to describe you.

My friends describe me kind, humble and a religious person. My parents raised me like that.

Tell us about one life-changing experience in your life.

My life-changing experience is joining pageants like this, because joining pageants make someone popular. I learned to mingle with different persons, and most importantly developed my personality.

Name three things that you would never do.

I will never take illegal drugs. I will never hurt my family by doing things that can be consider disgrace to the family. Lastly, I will never hurt anyone.

What do you like to do for fun?

 I like to go to the beach. Play beach volleyball, swim, and enjoy the day with my family.

What would constitute a "perfect" evening for you?

The perfect evening for me is, when I find myself in a peaceful place and that's my home. After a very tiring day, I want to be with my family, have a nice  conversation over a cup of coffee or tea and just relax. For me that’s the perfect evening.

Tell us a little bit about Polangui, Albay.

Polangui is a very peaceful place in Albay where locals are peace loving people. We have products derived from sugarcane which is locally called “Calamay”. We also have our festival “The Pulang Angui Festival” which is celebrated every year in the whole month of June capped by the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul. Despite the hardship and difficulties in life, Polangueños still manage to live a happy, healthy and balance life.

How will you motivate others to practice sustainable living choices?

To have sustainable living we must have discipline within ourselves, strive hard, be humble and always put God first in everything we do so that we can have guidance from Him in achieving our goals in life.

How would you describe your advocacy to the judges?

My advocacy is all about the out of school youth to keep them away from bad things like drugs. To secure and encourage them to develop their potentials and skills and hopefully organize them to have access to formal education and personality development. Through this, and even though life is very hard, they can have a more secure future.

Boxers or briefs?

Briefs because everything is intact.

Blue or Pink?

Blue because it’s cool.

Piolo Pascual or Derek Ramsay?

I like them both because they are good actors.

Anne Curtis or Angel Locsin?

I like them both because they are good actress.

Message to your supporters, friends and family?

I want to thank you for this once in a lifetime opportunity to represent my province in a national competition. For giving me the chance to be heard and be the voice of my advocacy that focus on helping the out of school youth - to establish a place for their development and learning that will teach them to be better and productive individuals. Please support me in my journey towards Mister United Continent Philippines 2016. Thank you so much!

Follow Issa's journey to Mister United Continents Philippines 2016 and if you want to know more about him, like his Facebook page: Mister United Continents Philippines - Polangui, Albay

Good luck and than you Issa. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

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