Host Toni Gonzaga first introduced Saranggani City’s funny girl, Jie-Ann Armero, who captured hearts through her simplicity and bubbly attitude. Behind the hilarity, Jie-Ann has her own stories of rising from challenges.
Christened as “Kwelang Fan Girl,” she has a long list of celebrities to ‘stan’ including Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, who she likes best because of their honest portrayals in movies and TV. She also likes K-Pop because of Korean artist’s swoon-worthy looks.
From being a fan girl, Jie-Ann now has her own following as well. The transition still feels overwhelming. “Masarap sa feeling kasi hindi ko po inakala na mangyayari po ito sa akin. Parang dream come true po talaga.”
The teen dreamer’s biggest goal is to act alongside her idols, like Kathryn Bernardo, in a drama-comedy project. At 16, Jie-Ann would rely on her parents’ help in managing her cash prize. Due to circumstances, she can’t go home yet to her family in Saranggani so she currently stays at the PBB house. They just make do with virtual calls.
Despite the distance, Jie-Ann is grateful for her family’s support. Her hometown even organized a viewing party during the Big Night.
Joining Jie-Ann in this interview are two of her biggest supporters Shella Mae Pautan from Kuwait and Jemalyn Campos from Hong Kong. For Shella, who is also Jie-Ann’s relative, the Saranggani bet possesses all the qualities of a winner. Jemalyn said she can relate to Jie-Ann’s journey of dealing with bullying.
Jemalyn asked Jie-Ann her message for young people who are going through challenges in achieving their dreams. The PBB 4th Big Placer stressed that faith in oneself is the key to success, “Always trust yourself na maaabot mo ‘yung pangarap mo. Kahit marami man ang gustong pumigil, ‘pag gugustuhin mo, matutupad mo talaga. And don’t forget na kasama mo ang Panginoon.”
To answer Shella’s question about changes, Jie-Ann mentioned she’s become more confident in public speaking. She knows this would help her express her true self, still keeping Big Brother’s lessons about being real.