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On July 4th, I hosted a fundraising event to help raise funds for the pageant as well as Free The Children! It was held at Jimel’s International Cuisine, with just over 120 guests who attended! This event went from 6pm until 11:30pm.
It was a sit down dinner with entertainment from many performers that included some local stars. April Llave, Richelle Lynne and Tiffany Ponce are amazing singers who were the three performers for the night. There was also a very talented band called 12/21 who performed, there are three members and they are all siblings. I had the candidates from the search for the Manitoba Filipino Queen of the Street Festival who volunteered to host my event, they kept the crowd engaged and entertained. Aside from dinner and performances, there were small games that required interacting with the audience!
Each game had a prize, donated by some of my generous sponsors who also attended that night. Some of the prizes were tickets for Winnipeg Speedfest and a numerous amount of gift cards. After the program was done, the dance floor was open so I had the chance to dance with some friends and family who stayed until the very end. This event would not have been able to happen without all the supporters, family, and friends who came out that night. Thank you to all of you for joining me throughout my reign and supporting me through every single step of my journey, your love and support will never go unrecognized.
I would like to take this time to give out special thank yous to the following:
Imelda from Jimel’s International Cuisine
Mark Alberto for being my photographer for the event
My hair stylist: Kim from Salon 28
My personal makeup artist: Ginelle Char
Sponsors: Marby John Aguilar from Speedfest and Larry Vickar
Here is another blog so you can get to know me a little more than you already do! Some of you may not be aware of the fact that I am the eldest of six siblings, but it is 110% true. Being the eldest gets a little hectic because of all the responsibilities that come with, and also all the life lessons that you have to teach them. You start to feel like a parent once you grow older and take on more and more of the responsibility, but being one of the people to raise them and watching them grow up makes you feel extremely proud and overjoyed. The bond we all share is indescribable and the laughs and giggles we share is like no other. My siblings are the reason why I had joined this pageant, they inspire me to do better and bigger things. I want to set a good example and show them that you have no limits when it comes to dreaming big. Let us start by introducing the second eldest and going on from there!
Second eldest also known as Kaleigh Faith
She is 14 years old and her birthday is November 2nd! She has a huge obsession over Beyoncé and enjoys to sing on her own time. We often get mistaken for twins although we are two years apart. She has grown to be my other half and I can always rely on her for anything and everything because she knows me inside and out. Aside from being my sister, she also plays the role of my best friend.
Third eldest also known as Kalvin Jay
He is 13 years old and his birthday is September 5th! He spends countless amount of hours towards basketball, his passion for the sport never stops growing. I have the pleasure to witness him get better each and every year. He can be the biggest handful out of the bunch to deal with, but you learn to love them more and more as the time goes by.
Fourth eldest also known as Kalynne Reigne
She is 9 years old and her birthday is June 12th! She is a growing athlete who plays basketball, does cross country as well as dancing. During her spare time she enjoys singing karaoke in our basement and playing with the other two younger siblings. She adores interacting with others and meeting new people, she isn’t afraid to put herself out there which is why her presence brings me joy and courage.
Fifth eldest also known as Malaiya June
She is 7 years old and her birthday is January 20th! She is also a growing athlete who plays basketball and dances. She wishes to take gymnastic lessons so she can do a bunch of different flips and tricks. Her and I coincidentally have the same dream job, we are both inspired to be paleontologists because of our love for dinosaurs! She constantly spreads her love and care to the people around her, she is very lovable.
The youngest of us all also known as Malakai Jai
He is 2 years old and shares the same birthday as my other brother Kalvin! What a coincidence that both of my brother’s share the same birthday. Malakai is the baby of the family which means he is often the most spoiled. He looks up to Spiderman and the Ninja Turtles and enjoys pretending to act like each of them. He is the most lovable of us all and he uses his charm to get out of any trouble that he causes.
I definitely do not know a thing about cars, but they are absolutely beautiful! Winnipeg Speed Fest was founded by Marby John Aguilar in 2011. It is held at the RBC Convention Center located in downtown Winnipeg. It is a car show that goes from 10am-8pm and is brought to you by the Pinoy Tribe Entertainment and Bomex Graphics.
There are plenty of car owners who register their car hoping to win one of the many prizes or even winning the number one car overall. There is also entertainment such as singing, dancing, games, and photo booth fun!
I was the MC for the entire day and made sure the crowd was well entertained. I was accompanied by Julienne Reyes, who is the Queen of the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival 2014. Being an MC can be nerve-racking, but I’ve learned that there will always be fans in the crowd supporting you. I was able to be on the stage with multiple DJ’s and had the chance to watch them do their thing!
On top of all that fun stuff, I was asked to do a mini photo shoot with Henry Balanial who is the photographer of HB Digiphoto. I have never in my life modeled cars or bikes because I didn’t feel that I was capable of pulling it off. Henry did an amazing job with the photos and also helped me come out of my comfort zone because as a title holder, it doesn’t hurt to go past your limits. This event was a huge success and I am so happy to have been able to be a part of it!
Hello world! Today I am going to go on a rant about why Canada is great!
I am proud to be Canadian and to live in such a diverse community. Canadians are known for their friendliness and I like to continue that trend. We are a very welcoming country that is open to many things. For example, Canada legalized same-sex marriage 10 years ago while other countries were still unsure of their decision. The official date of when same-sex marriage was legalized is July 20, 2005, becoming the fourth country to do so.
Another thing about Canada is that our Health Care is FREE! I mean, who doesn’t love anything free? We are blessed to have free Health Care all over Canada while other countries do not have the privilege. Every Canadian citizen has the privilege of protective care, medical treatments, as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and more additional services. We are very determined to keep all our Canadian citizens healthy and in good condition.
Canada also has freedom to offer! We are a very free living country who has the opportunity to live our life the way we choose to. I am very passionate about teaching others to live by who they are and not to let anyone influence the way they live their life, so freedom is an extreme element that I am proud to say that Canada has!
We are also surrounded by the beauty of nature, from the rocky mountains to the open prairies. There are plenty of beautiful sights to see here in Canada such as the Niagara Falls, Banff, Lake Louise, the CN Tower and much more! Not only are there wonderful sights to see, but also amusement parks to enjoy yourself. We have Canada’s Wonderland, La Ronde, Galaxyland and many many more! If you are ever in need of a destination place for vacation, anywhere in Canada would be your greatest bet, I guarantee you!
Canada has grown to be a very talented community! We take pride in our sports aspect, as well as our musical aspect. Basketball, Lacrosse and Hockey were creatively invented here in our very own country. It’s amazing to see how far our country has come being involved in sports and representing Canada the right way. We have athletes who travel the world doing what they love and making sure the world knows how much talent we have. Aside from all the sports business, we are lucky enough to have many many musical artists born and raised here in Canada. From all different genres of music we have Drake, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé and a whole lot more who also proudly represent our wonderful country.
Last but not the least.. FOOD! We have an enormous variety of foods that Canada is well known for. From that salty savory taste to the sweet goodies you can’t get enough of! Without a doubt, every single human being has a huge love for food because I know I do. Maple syrup, bacon, and poutines are the famous foods that Canada is known for and they have all proudly become a part of our culture.
Did you know that there are certain treats that Canada has, but America doesn’t?
Here is a list of a few treats you won’t find anywhere else other than Canada:
- Coffee Crisp
- Lays dill pickle chips
- Ketchup chips
- Munchies snack mix
I am blessed and proud to call myself a Canadian. This blog still does not do my country justice, there is an endless list of things about Canada that can not all be listed. Our population continues to grow, thanks to all the Canadians that show the world what Canada is really all about.
Your proud Canadian,
Canada Day was a great success all over Winnipeg, the weather cooperated very well! I was able to make appearances at numerous places to enjoy all the festivities.
My first visit was the Sunova Centre located in the West St. Paul area. Miss Teen Manitoba and I met up and gave away goodies to all the kids! I had a full bucket of treats and candies and Devon (Miss Teen Manitoba) had a load of stuff such as bubbles, stickers, tattoos, erasers, etc! It was such a great feeling seeing all the kids with smiles on their faces and enjoying their time just as much as we were!
My second visit was Osbourne Village, the whole street was blocked off because of all the festivities that were going on. I took pictures with many people, met a lot of new faces and saw all the booths that were dispersed along the street.
Lastly, I spent the rest of the night at Tyndall Park where I got to perform with one of my dance teams, The Empire. Aside from our performance, their was a variety of other performances such as cultural dances, cultural activities, singing, etc! There were many familiar faces and also new faces that I had the chance to mingle with. I also had the opportunity to introduce myself and meet Kevin Lamoureux, who is the MLA for the Tydnall area. He continues to set up the great festivities every year at Tyndall Park, he has a wonderful personality and it was a pleasure getting to meet him.
I have been extremely busy, but finding time to blog is always a must so here’s another one for you all!
I had such a busy weekend volunteering and making appearances at events. On June 20th there was an event called “Tiangge ng Bayan” which also means Community Flea Market in Filipino. It was an all day event so I was there from 9am-6pm mingling with people, learning about my culture, being an emcee and had the opportunity to be a judge for one of the competitions. There were many booths of different local businesses and many people who also attended. There was a singing competition for little kids from ages 4-10 years old and I was more than happy to be the emcee because who doesn’t love little kids! After the singing competition was over, there was a talent competition to be followed. The contestants of the talent competition are ladies who are competing in the Filipino Queen Street Festival which is a pageant for young Filipino ladies. I was one of the four judges to judge this competition and it was a blast! There were all sorts of performances such as singing, dancing, cultural activities and many more.
June 21st the following day, I volunteered and made an appearance at the Red River Exhibition! It was an early sunny morning with many energetic kids waiting for the gates to open. I handed out big stacks of maps/flyers and greeted everyone coming into the amusement park from 10am-2pm! It was a very hot day, but it was very well worth it thanks to all the kind people that I was surrounded with.
Hey guys! These past two months has consisted of nonstop dance, so I thought I’d share with you all a little bit about my dance life. I started dancing at the age of five years old and I have grown such an immense passion for dance. May and June are considered the busiest months for dancers as it is dance competition season. I had the privilege to compete in the Manitoba Dance Festival with one of my most supportive dance teams, we received the award of a Gold and a Gold Honors.
The Manitoba Dance Festival is a competition where you perform in categories for an adjudicator and then each group would get adjudicated live on stage in front of the audience.
June 6th was the biggest dance competition in the city called In The Zone. This was my third time competing and one of my teams worked hard and placed this year. As for my other competing team, we made an incredible impact in the dance community and marked our spot well. We will continue to train hard this summer and improve on our dance skills and create a stronger bond with one another. Dancing on stage with such talented, humble dancers who have the same passion for dance as you do is such a great feeling. I don’t dance because I have to, I dance because I love to. I am incredibly thankful for each and every one of my dance families, we continue to provide each other with endless amount of love and support so we can grow as one. This year has been an outstanding run and I can not wait to see what the future holds for us all.
This week is considered to be Philippine Independence week since June 12th is the official day of Philippine Independence! This is one of the most significant dates in the Philippine’s history because it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. On June 9th there was a ceremony held at the City Hall for the raising of the flag and I was privileged to be a Co-Host for such a meaningful event. Our very own Mayor Bowman with his worship, had raised the flag with honor. There was a reception to follow after the ceremony ended, so all the guests and the people involved with the event headed inside for some refreshments. There was also entertainment from Grade Three students from the Amber Trails School, they performed an amazing cultural dance. I had a phenomenal time spending my morning with such great people and of course, Mayor Bowman. These kind of experiences don’t come often in life and I will continue to be grateful for these opportunities that come my way. As a Filipino, I was extremely blessed to be a representative for the city of Winnipeg. I am a proud Filipino and I will always be willing to support my very own culture.
I was more than glad to have been able to attend this weekends local event that was made to raise awareness for Mental Health. This has become a huge topic in our society’s generation, we need to come to realize that it can have an affect on any human being.
Our Garden City Collegiate community has recently lost two students, who were loved by many. It is important that we are aware of Mental Health because we will not always be able to physically see what others are going through. Two lovely ladies named Jasmine Deato and Loizza Aquino planned out this inspiring event and had an outstanding outcome. There were numerous things going on such as haircuts, eyebrow threading, silent auction, bakes sales, pizza sales, etc. Our community proudly contributed and $1000+ of proceeds were donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
This was a great way to expose our community and to remind them that Mental Health is something that people deal with everyday. This also showed how much support and care our community provides, you don’t ever need to feel alone because you will continuously be surrounded with love from many people. It is a blessing to be a part of my community and making a change for the better, we will continue to grow together as a whole and help those in need. Telling others that they matter and deserve to live a happy life can go a long way, so don’t forget to give those friendly reminders to your friends, family, or whoever it may be!