Quantcast
Latest Stories

Shamcey Supsup says reading helped her gain honor, fame

By

MANILA, Philippines – If it wasn’t for her love of reading, Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup would not have achieved everything she has achieved so far: a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Philippines, an architecture licensure exam topnotcher, and a world-renowned beauty queen.

Supsup participated in the Philippine Daily Inquirer Read Along last Saturday where she read the story of “Putot,” a dog who felt inferior because he had a short tail, to around 100 students from Optimus Center for Development, F. Benitez Elementary School, and Virlanie Foundation.

In an interview after the Read Along, she said that her love for reading had made studying easier for her and she lamented that kids might be losing their love for reading because they were becoming more engrossed with video games or television.

“What helped me with my studies is because I love to read,” Supsup said. “If as a kid you love to read, when the time comes that you need to study, it’s not difficult anymore.”

“These days kids are more into video games or television,” she said. “Not a lot of kids would go to the library anymore, most of them if they have homework, they go directly to the Internet because it’s all there already.”

Supsup, who was also a valedictorian in elementary and a salutatorian in high school, recalled how they didn’t have a television at home and how her mother had always bought her books.

“We didn’t have a TV at home [and] my mother never bought me video games,” Supsup said. “She always gave me books, like fairy tale books.”

“That developed my reading skills and now I read fast; even textbooks, no matter how thick, are light reading for me,” she said.

When reviewing for exams, Supsup said that she doesn’t memorize and instead treats textbooks as just like stories. “Every time I study, I think of it as just like a story that is fun and not tiring.”

“Sometimes kids already have a notion that books are boring, long, and hard to read,” she said.

Reading during Binibini

Supsup also recalled how she would squeeze in some reading time during the Binibining Pilipinas 2011 pageant where she went on to win the crown and represent the country to the Miss Universe pageant.

“During Binibini when I was still a candidate, all the girls would be doing make up, or sharing stories and exchanging gossip, and then they would see me in a corner with a folder and a highlighter,” Supsup said.

“They would come to me and ask why am I studying. I told them I’m just trying to pass the time reading articles about poverty, government, or whatever,” she said.

Some of them asked to read her articles but later returned them because they found them “boring,” Supsup said.

“I think it helped me because anything can be asked about anything [in the pageant],” she said. “If you love to read, it won’t be difficult to gain a bit of knowledge on anything that they can throw at you.”

“Even if you are no longer in class, reading is still useful wherever you are,” Supsup added.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Inquirer Read-Along , Learning , reading , Shamcey Supsup

  • http://twitter.com/mariapatrick1 maria patrick

    ang pangit naman ng picture na inilagay niyo. why oh why? This does not give justice to her beauty. Millions read your newspaper.

    • Bring back Phils Glory. Unite.

      i can still see her beauty…

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    i agree with her..but for most of us…better watch soaps and garbage “sexually injected” noontime shows…

  • catmanjohn

    Shamcey Supsup for President!!… I have often wondered why a most important pillar of knowledge was lacking in the Philippines… the library? The few I have seen look more like morgues, and the availability of information and services were dismal to say the least. The PH should embark upon building libraries that can also serve as disaster relief centers, structures built with modern standards to withstand a 7.0 quake, as well as a Cat. 3 typhoon. These libraries should also be a center for learning, where computers would be available to people for basic educational and professional needs. Imagine how this investment would catapult the economic progress of the Nation. Imagine setting a goal for just 10 such projects to start, where Ms. Supsup could also contribute her architectural talents at the same time, while advocating such programs for progress. I would gladly donate my prized collection of books to her cause.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  4. This is not just a farm
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?

News

  • US urges Myanmar to ease tensions
  • Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks
  • Chelsea Clinton pregnancy
  • Call for sanctions against N. Korea over abuses
  • Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim
  • Sports

  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Hopkins, 49, seeks win for the ageless
  • LeBron still No. 1 with NBA’s most popular jersey
  • Pacquiao back in PH, heads home to wife, kids
  • Vietnam pulls out of hosting Asian Games due to lack of funds
  • Lifestyle

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Entertainment

  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • Business

  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • US stocks end mostly higher after earnings deluge
  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • Technology

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
  • Filipina Maryknoll sister honored for years of service
  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
    Marketplace