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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!
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 they 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!
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 🙂