Jhassy Busran, 15, wins first acting award via ‘Pugon’

She may be a young jasmine meticulously taking her time for full bloom in the entertainment industry but 15-year-old Jhassy Busran has been making her mark without any doubt. Born and raised in Bulacan, this up-and-coming Filipino teen actress is paving her way to prove that she has what it takes in acting. In fact, she recently won her first-ever award and, mind you, it came from an international award-giving body.

For her short film ‘Pugon (The Furnace)’, Jhasmine Cruz Busran or simply known as Jhassy, received the Jury Award Best of the Best Performance Short Film (Male or Female) at the 2021 International Film Festival Manhattan New York. This social drama is directed by Gabby Ramos, who has also bagged the Independent Achievement Award for Directing.

Other Filipina awardees of the said filmfest include Janice De Belen (Best Actress for ‘Wounded Blood’) and Elizabeth Oropesa (Independent Achievement Award for Acting for ‘ECQ Diary (Bawal Lumabas)’.

Pugon (The Furnace) was recently streamed at the latest online edition of Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival where it was part of the Indie Nation section. In it, the harsh reality of child labor is tackled with attention to the blurred line between pawnship and slavery. In an environment where pawning of children is normal, it begs to ask when the cycle of debt bondage will end.

In order to pay the debt of her impoverished parents, 14-year old Sonia (played by promising teen actress Jhassy Busran) a fishing village girl who is full of dreams, is thrown to a bread factory and forced into labor. Together with other enslaved children, the acts of abuse grow darker in the hands of their employer, Mang Rey (played by veteran character actor Soliman Cruz).

In a recent virtual interview with CinemaBravo, Jhassy passionately talked about what it’s like to win an award at a very young age, how she sees herself in the future. She also showed her gratitude as she continues to dedicate her life to her craft.

At the age of 15, you are still very young but you already have this kind of accomplishment. What does this award mean to you?

I am very honored to win this kind of award. Especially from one of the prestigious international film festivals. Bilang nagsisimula pa lang ako, I don’t expect things like this pa. When Direk Gabby first told me that I’m nominated, na-shock po talaga ako at di ako nakapaniwala. Doon pa lang, I was already happy na kasi po, para sa ‘kin, maihanay lang yung pangalan ko with the veterans is honor na yon. And winning it is such a big, big achievement! I am very much grateful to the jury na na-appreciate nila ang talent ko.

How do you see yourself in the future? Do you see yourself pursuing acting for a long time?

Nakikita ko po ang sarili ko na nangangarap ng panibagong pangarap. Kasi para sa ‘kin, hindi porke na-achieve mo na agad yun mga pangarap mo ay matatapos na do’n. I think sa future, I will still be pursuing my passion in acting. If yon po talaga ang plano ni Lord para sa ‘kin, buong puso ko pong tinatanggap yon… at hanggat may mga naniniwala po at sumusuporta po sa akin.

What is your inspirations in showing the best in your craft — not just as an actress but also as a performer and singer?

Well, aside from my family, friends and supporters, I am my inspiration. I always tell myself that I have to become a better person every day. Better than yesterday, better than the other day. When I think about that, it inspires me to always do my best in everything I do. Lagi ko pong sinasabi na dapat yung pinakita mo kahapon, malalamangan mo ngayon. Maybe for others nakaka-pressure siya but for me it helps me to motivate myself.

In your life in general, how thankful are you and who are you most thankful for?

“If I’ll rate it out of 100, probably 101,” she jested. “I am very very much thankful sa lahat. I don’t know how to express what I feel but I’m really happy and thankful to all the people who are still supporting me. And, of course, I am very thankful to God because of all the blessings and dahil din po pinalibutan niya ako ng mga mabubuting tao na tumutulong sa akin na matupad ang mga pangarap ko.”

Jhassy is currently studying in junior high school while efficiently jumbling her time to promote her upcoming movie, Caught in the Act, where she stars with Andi Abaya, Joaquin Domagoso, and Bamboo B.

Directed by Perry Escaño under MPJ Entertainment Productions and Golden Brilliance, #CaughtInTheAct is about a group of Filipino senior high school students who invent a new crime-stopping app which allows people to report crimes happening around them.

This new film intended for submission to the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival also features Karel Marquez, Lance Raymundo, Shido Roxas, John Gabriel, Toni Co, EJ Panganiban, Roy Sotero, Ella Sheen, Jiana Aurigue, Edna Hernandez, and introducing Josh Lichtenberg.

READ MORE: 'Himaya' band composes, performs for 'Caught in the Act' movie soundtrack

They also recently released an album called Inner Love, the original soundtrack for Caught in the Act, in which Jhassy has recorded a song entitled “Huwag Muna Ngayon.”

Listen to her song below and follow her through her social media account:

Facebook: Jhassy

Twitter: Simply_Jhassy

Tiktok: @simply_jhassy

Instagram: @simply_jhassy

YouTube: Simply Jhassy

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