By Ligaya Caban
The Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union (AMOSUP) hosted a victory party for a seaman’s daughter, Jehza Huelar, Miss Supranational for 2018. On her third attempt, Jehza was crowned at the Binibing Pilipinas grand pageant March 18th at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The honors were held at the new AMOSUP-JSU Seafarer House in intramuros, Manila, April 27th. It coincided with the merriment of AMOSUP members every last Friday of the month which practice started since January.
The Sen’in No le, Japanese for Seafarer House is a four-storey multi-functional hub servicing members and dependents on documentation, health and fitness, leisure and social events or casual gatherings.
The facility is dedicated to all hard-working seafarers especially those serving onboard Japanese and Philippine maritime industry social partners. AMOSUP and JSU have collaborated in a number of projects for Filipino seafarers welfare as in the area of transient accommodations and recreation.
It was inaugurated last January with President Yasumi Morita (Japan Seamen’s Union), Chairman Koichi Akamine (Intl Mariners Management Association of Japan, Chairman Eduardo Manase (Phil- Japan Manning Consultative Council) and Dr. Conrado Oca, AMOSUP president.
The First floor houses the records section where seafarers get their IDs and other requirements; Second floor, the gymnasium; the Third floor, offices and lecture area, bar and socializing.
Jehza finished Finance at Ateneo De Davao University. She is the only girl and fifth of six siblings. Her father was a radio operator and encouraged her to join beauty contests. At 19, she was excited to graduate but devastated when both parents died.
She always remind the young to maximize time shared with a father who is a mariner. It is not easy to build relationship on prolonged separation and different priorities.
Jehza wishes to bring to the country the 10th Miss Supranational pageant to give it more exposure here; at the same time local ladies can get exposed to its demand on time management, studies and training.