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!canday1 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! canday3It 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.canday5canday4

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!canday6 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. canday7He 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.

 

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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. bayan1There 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! bayan3After 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. bayan2

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. ex1I 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. ex2

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The Empire all ready to compete at the Manitoba Dance Festival

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Reality Check waiting to perform at the Garden City Collegiate convocation

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.

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Prodigy after placing 2nd at the In The Zone hip hop dance competition

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Prodigy after getting our newly made costumes

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.

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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. philippineblog2On 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.philippineblog1 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.philippineblog4 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.

 

 

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Hi again!

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. mentalhealth2Two 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. mentalhealth4
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. mentalhealth5It 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!

 

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Last week was another busy, yet fun filled weekend! It was the NABA (North American Basketball Association) basketball tournament that involved many locals teams, as well as out of town teams. The North American Basketball Association is a non-profit organization that trains kids through the spring and summer months to prepare them for a national tournament during the Labor Day weekend.  There is no cost for the kids to play in this tournament.  The hard work and dedication that this organization contributes to allow these kids the opportunity to play is amazing.  Not only did I see how hard these kids train, but also how tnabablog1hey are taught to work as a team.  The older teams were extremely good role models for the younger ones because of the support and team work they showed on and off the court.

Thank you NABA for giving me this opportunity.  It was an honor to present the trophies to the winning teams in the championship games.  Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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Hello hello!

Since May is Asian Heritage Month, we came together as a community to celebrate the various Asian cultures! This was the time to acknowledge the beautiful and rich history of the Asian Canadians. The cultural diversity that Canada is known for, comes a long way and strengthens the country immensely. I had an absolutely phenomenal time this past weekend at The Forks being a Co-MC for an outstanding showcase that was put together by multiple talented groups! As the weekend went on, I had the chance to meet many new faces and learn more about my own culture.I also happened to run into Tanya, Miss Teenage Winnipeg 2014! I got the chance to watch her perform and see her represent her culture so beautifully. It was really nice being in such a happy environment and having everyone’s good vibe to feed off of. These Asian Heritage festivities have been going on for 13 years in Manitoba, but sadly it is coming to an end as the month of May is almost over. This experience was unforgettable and I hope to see you all next year celebrating with us! Here are some pictures to give you a little taste of all the fun 🙂

 

 

 

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Hi everyone! It is a huge blessing to have been crowned the title of Miss Teenage Winnipeg 2015, I am extremely proud to respectfully represent my beautiful hometown! I can’t wait to share this journey of mine to Nationals with each and every one of you for the next year.

I am a young motivated woman who has the intentions of inspiring others to live by who they truly are. We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by social media and the influence it can have on just one person is huge. With a strong passion, I want to encourage young adults not to let social media establish who they are because as a human being we all have the right to live the life we’re given as we choose to. The definition of beauty is within each and every one of you reading this blog, and that is simply being yourself and loving who you have grown to be.

Family is the key to nearly everything that comes my way. I come from a very loving family of eight, who includes my three younger sisters, two younger brothers, and of course, my mom and dad. We are a busy bunch, but never fail to support one another in whatever it may be. We continuously love and care for each other as we believe that it is important to be reminded that neither of us will ever be alone. As for that, I will never stop cherishing this great blessing that I been given.

My academics and my athletics play a huge role in my life as I steadily push myself to improve on every aspect. Throughout the past two years I have been enrolled at Garden City Collegiate Institute, I have managed to make the honor roll each year. As for my athletics, I have been dancing since the age of five and have built an incredibly strong passion over the years. I have experienced a variation of dance styles such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, and tap. I now specialize in hip-hop and have grown to love my dance family, The Project Company, Reality Check and The Empire. The improvement of our skills and talent is endless as we will continue to grow individually and as a team.

For the near future I would like to use my title to raise awareness for poverty, as it is the platform that I have chosen. Not many may be aware, but nearly half the world is living in poverty. We might not see it in our daily lives, but it is happening everywhere on the face of this earth. I want to put the time and effort into making a change in the world for the better and lessen the amount of individuals, or families living in poverty. I plan on volunteering my time to help out in my community as I believe that it is extremely important to be involved. I am also aiming to boost the amount of young adults who believe in themselves and to reassure them that being yourself is acceptable!  Keep motivated and strive for what you believe in, stay updated as this is only the first of many blogs to come! Lastly, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my generous sponsors; Macdon Industries, Pam Godfredsen Photography,  Jill Ma of Promise Fitness, Vickar Community Chevrolet, Jimel’s International Cuisine,  and Salon 28.

Yours  truly,

Mikaela Hope xo

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Ever dreamed of bring a model?Ever dreamed of making yourself known in the industry or strutting down a national runway?
Well you are in the right place! Now introducing Top Model Search Canada sister competition of Miss Teenage Canada (http://www.missteenagecanada.com).Top Model search of Canada is in the search of a passionate young lady who will represent at Canada at Miss Supernational? Top Model chooses the finest 40 talented girls across the Nation and a life time chance to meet with agents across the world!!!so do u got what it takes!!??

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