New opportunities: Jed Montero's magical quest to be another kind of star.
"Gusto ko. Gusto kong bumalik, gusto ko maglaro. Wala eh nasa dugo ko na yan. Nasa puso, nasa isip since 15 years ako naglaro. Half of my life binigay ko sa volleyball." - Jed Montero.
Her UAAP career did not end the way she would have liked, but Jed Montero is now focusing on having success with her new field of show business.
Many athletes would like to go out on top but for Montero, her opporutnity never came as her stint with the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons was cut short with an ankle injury. She last played in the UAAP during Season 71.
A couple of years playing for RC Cola in the then newly-formed Philippine Superliga allowed her to get back to her roots, but the 26-year-old admitted it was never the same.
"Tumugil ako [with RC Cola] kasi hindi ako nakakapag-comply dun sa training schedule. I wanted to be conditioned. Kung gusto ko maglaro gusto ko yung 100 percent na nakakapagbigay ako sa team ko," Montero said. "Kaso nga during that time, may mga gigs na din ako and guestings."
After her athletic career took a backseat, she now only plays a couple of pickup games with friends especially in the league host by actor Gerald Anderson, a new door opened for Montero and allowed her to break into the world of showbiz.
Back in February of 2010, Montero shares that being a contestant in Wowowee started it all for her. She has since been a co-host in the TV game show aside from multiple guerstings and appearances in other programs.
Now, she is a full-time Star Magic angel although her fans would have to stick with just seeing her in many more TV appearances. . .for now.
"Right now hindi pa kasi kami pwedeng salita about sa projects kasi niluluto pa sila pero guestings muna, mga livechats, GGV [Gandang Gabi Vice] and Showtime," she said.
Despite giving heavy focus on her budding showbiz career these days, Montero can never get volleyball out of her system.
She said she keeps in touch with her former teammates and even established an organization with her friends from UP to teach children how to play on weekends.
A different Jed Montero can be seen on TV nowadays but her fans should not count a return on the court in the near future. She's just busy doing her other passion, but her first love remains the same.
"Gusto ko. Gusto kong bumalik, gusto ko maglaro. Wala eh nasa dugo ko na yan. Nasa puso, nasa isip since 15 years ako naglaro. Half of my life binigay ko sa volleyball," Montero said with her eyes glowing.