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All the Miss Teen Canada- World 2012 delegates were given the assignment of filming ourselves doing an act of kindness while looking good and feeling great about the act that we did. I would have worn my crown to make this video, but I didn’t wanted my friend, Albert to feel inferior or act differently around me.

My act of kindness was helping my friend Albert. Albert also happens to be my neighbor. When I had first moved in two years ago, he was the first person to come up to me. He’s super sweet and has an obsession with cars. Sadly, Albert doesn’t have full mobility with his legs. He’s almost always roaming around in a wheelchair. When he is at home he may stand and and try to walk with the support of sturdy objects. His legs cannot support his body.

Recently Albert received an iPod Touch which he adores so much. His parents don’t exactly know how to set everything up. I always offer to help. I’m not a tech guru, but I do know a few things about iPods and I’m very patient. At the time in the video, Albert wasn’t able to use his apple gift card to download music. Before leaving to pageant week, I told myself that I would find time in my busy schedule to visit him. Correcting the problem took 20 minutes and I could have left, but I decided I would help him choose and download music and transfer his purchases into his iPod which took 30 minutes.

He was very excited and greatful that I had helped him. I was happy to see him happy. Tje moment I was done, he started playing the new songs that I had downloaded for him. His parents were also glad, because they said that they really didn’t know what to do and appreciated that I was really patient with Albert. They even wanted to pay me for my services, but I told them no thanks. Seeing their smiles on their faces was good enough and it brought joy to my heart.

You may see my video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3j-P1FQCyk&feature=g-upl

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My television show would be a talent search called Starpower. The talents can range from any variety like singing, dancing, acting or etc. The contestants will be young aspiring entertainers between the age of 13 to 21. They would most likely be people with financial troubles or living in regions with less chanes to get in the entertainment business. The one thing they all have in common is a dream.

On the shows website all who would like to participate have to make an account. For a month they will have to post videos of themselves demontrating their talent. A panel of judges Beyonce, Adele, Elton John, John Legend and myself will select 20 to come on the show. On the show every week will be challenges that will help the participants grow in their talent. Each week one is sent back home. The top three will win a scholarship to their school of entertainment in Canada.

The show will air on MuchMusic. It will be an hour long from 7pm to 8pm. Extra footage can be found on the website.

I believe that Zack Werner’s Idol School and the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television should fund my show, because my show has to do with what they do. It would be great publicity for them and most of the contestants will decide to go there and encourage other viewers to go there too. Your expertise would be very needed.

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Dr ArcherMentor Night in Toronto July 15th 2012.

After rehearsals and video shoot / stills

It rained buckets outside and quenched the heat

Dr. Natalie Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001

She has managed to have a career and a family while building a career as a hospital dentist. Natalie is passionate about giving back and delivering results. She believes that an education is the most important thing you have and that no one can take that away from you. She wants us to change our perspective to make negatives into positives. She claims the key to success is advance planning. You need to have a goal and think of the steps you need to take to get there. We need to keep learning and expanding our web of knowledge, because as she said you never where you’re going to catch that fly.

There are four main tips that she wants every women to hear. The first one is to make business ventures and calculated business risks. The second one is to find a good partner who can adapt to new realities. Having children before it’s too late is the third tip. The last one is to get involved in groups and organizations.


Melani ChongMelani Chong  has been in fashion and beauty for over 15 years, a Canadian Ford Model, a stylist, makeup artist and mom of two children, Melani Chong developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that is useful for the whole family of longevity, care and beauty.

She accomplished a lot over the years, but she had never planned for all of this to happen. When she was 17, she never imagined herself as a model. She was only focused on the sport she played in high school. Her dad encouraged her to try out and ta-da! We need to be able to listen to the advice of others. We don’t have to put them into action, but it could open our eyes to something that we hadn’t noticed before.She explains that we all have core dreams, but we cannot ignore the opportunities that may surround us. They’re all learning experiences that make us grow. It’s okay if we stray away from our dreams to conquer new ones.

“Wisest is he who knows what he does not know.” A quote from Socrates that she truly believes in. It means that we don’t know everything and by knowing that it’s going to ush us to be curious and to always keep learning which makes us stronger, wiser and more intelligent women. Her key to success is being passionate about what you want to so, having the drive to take the initiative to get what you want and actually taking action. You need to work to get what you want, nothing is given to you. We need to be persistent and not be discouraged, because in life we carve our own path.

katrina haddenKatrina Hadden is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.

Known for her positive energy and contagious smile, she helps her clients get better focused to achieve their goals and dreams . Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness.

Would you imagine that this beautiful woman was bullied when she was young. The kids she knew teased her and called her names like Big Bird. She overcame it and in later years started playing basketball. She claims she was able to make the shots, because she visualized the shot going in. We can do the same thing in our daily life. We can visualize what we want to make it happen. She wanted to play basketball professionally, but ended up tearing her knee and killing her dream. She wants us to have more than one dream and to have something to fall back on.

She gave modelling a chance. She never seemed to fit in a certain size group. She had so much pressure on her to lose weight she even had an eating disorder, but was able to overcome it by surrounding herself with positive people. After her eating disorder, she learned more about nutrition which helped her become a trainer. She had her big break as a model during Toronto Fashion Week two years ago. She had built confidence and people saw it in her. She wants us to know we’re all unique in our own way and all have a place in this world.

Five advice on being a good role model:

  1. Take care of your body. Be healthy. (Eat properly, drink water, do physical activity…)
  2. Have interests and hobbies
  3. Carry an attitude of gratitude (Be thankful)
  4. Forgive
  5. “Don’t quit”-Jill Wolf


Alexandra Orlanmdo, Olympic athleteAlexandra Orlando

Alexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class Rhythmic Gymnast. Her wisdom can be found inside the pages of an award winning book called In Pursuit of Victory.

Alexandra has just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered. She qualified for the Olympics in 2008, after not qualifying in 2003 when she was 15. Then she had felt like sha had lost her identity.Song lyrics and poems got her through hard times. She realized why she loved doing gymnastics and decided to go back and train. Then she had gained curves and the people around her put her down saying that she should stop training.She believed in herself and put up a fight. She perfected her craft. When you’re good at something, you need to keep working at it and must always try to improve it.

We shouldn’t be scared of showing failures and weaknesses. We need to pick ourselves back up and go at it again.We all need to stand for something, have strong convictions and realize why we’re doing what we want. We’re all stronger than what we think, which is why we do our best and take chances in life.

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I would love to visit the Dominican Republic one day. I’m Haitian and have I have some Dominican roots in me, yet I’ve never been there. It would be a great way to know more about my culture. I also don’t speak Spanish ,so it could also be a learning experience as well. I’ve had many friends who have been there and they’ve all told me that they enjoyed their stay. I’ve seen pictures and it has beautiful beaches and so many activities you can participate in.

To make this trip more enjoyable, I would have to be with good company. I would bring my friend Tracy who can always find all the hot spots anywhere she goes. I would also bring Wendy and Cindy who are twin sisters which means double the fun. Travelling with my friends would be amazing. Whenever we’re together we laugh our heads off. We’re like a bunch of hyenas. It would be so much more memorable, if they came with me.

There is so much to do and see in the Dominican Republic. We would definitely visit the beach and the hottest parties going on at night. The twins love to shake their tail feathers. We would go on the Samara Zipline Tour, which will get our adrenaline pumping. We would go to Rancho Lorilar to go horseback riding. We absolutely have to visit the Kaiceitos Circus School. We would be having the time of our lives.

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

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My co-host (Sly Pimentel) and I joining the Tug-of-War. Who won you may ask? Beyonce can answer... Girls, we run the world!

Hey guys! I know I haven’t been posting on here for a long whileeeee and I am truly sorry for that. Ever since the pageant ended, my schedule was really hectic. The day after the pageant, I hosted an event for the Filipino community. It was really fun. And then, sadly I had to go to school early 🙁 I had summer school for three weeks. Math is not my best friend. This summer, I was soooo involved in my community! We fundraised for our community center. We had lemonade stands and we had a water gun fight… Well, it dollar store water guns but it was still amusing. Haha! 😛 To end my summer, I was given the oppurtunity to host the Munting Binibinig pageant. It was little girl pageant. I saw the cutest little girls showing their talents and their evening gowns. I can’t believe I was one that small! Ahaha!

The girls and I at the Munting Binibinig pageant 😀

As for updates, I started school a month ago and nothing really changed. There are still obnoxious, rude, cool, nice people. I’m going to try out for the basket ball team. I haven’t played in so long! What else… OH! This year I’m not in arts & crafts for my options class but I’m in drama. My teacher’s pretty weird, LOL. One more thing, I recently joined a fashion blog. You can create outfits! It’s pretty cool if you ask me 😉 Here’s the link to my blog: www.originellek.polyvore.com – follow me if you have one 🙂

And last but not least, I know it’s really late to do my thank yous but I would like to thank Michelle  for giving me such a great experience, to all of our chaperones (Anthony, Chris, Daren, Maram, Darlene and Ryan) for taking such great care of us and to our choreographers (Sean and Omar) who did such a great job teaching us our dances. THANK YOU SO MUCH! ♥

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Have you heard ? A new show is coming out on July 9th 2011. You are THE FIRST to know about this new comedic TV sitcom.

Klaudeen Carbon has a goal of having happiness throughout her whole life. And to be fairly honest, her life is smooth sailing. She has the perfect friends and family. Then she realizes that all she needs in her life is love.

Klaudeen is living her life to the fullest. She lives in the City of Angels in a beautiful beach house. She has the most amazing group of people surrounding her. But to fulfill her goal of life long happiness, she wants to find love from a suitor. Klaudeen has been going on blind dates with guys that her friends are hooking her up with but none of them seems to be the right one. Klaudeen has learned from her passed hour (or maybe less) “boyfriends”: tell her long lasting, perfect and future boyfriend to not be shy and sweat all over the dinner table! Will she find the one ?

Now you may ask yourselves… Why should you watch this show ? Because it’s a great and funny show that teaches you the Do’s and Dont’s about dating and how to socialize with the opposite sex.

Rimmel London & Goody companies: why should YOU fund my TV show ? Well it’s pretty obvious but I’ll tell you anyway. What kind of girl doesn’t like to be all dolled-up for a date ? With your products, my hair and make up crew will absolutely promote your products. For example, Goody’s new Spin Pin ! It is an excellent tool to fix your hair in bun of your on the go. It’s how the undone bun is done. Play it sleek and chic ASAP. Ha! See I even know one of your catch phrase! As for you Rimmel London, what better products will give the actresses the London Look ? Your products are the perfect tools to make the ladies look even more beautiful. Your Sexy Curves mascara will make Klaudeen’s eyes look seductive and sexy! I’m pretty sure my crew will give the ultimate gorgeous look with the help of both your companies beauty tools!

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The candidates of Miss Teen FAMAS 2011 on the Filipino Star Newspaper

Miss Teen FAMAS 2011 & Miss Philippines Montreal Ambassador of Goodwill 2010 - Klaudeen Carbon & Andrea Neufeld

Two months before the Miss Teen Canada-World Quebec Pageant 2011, I was crowned Miss Teen FAMAS 2011. It was a pageant organized by my roots, the Filipino community. Being Miss Teen FAMAS 2011 has made me understand more of my culture. I am more involved in my Filipino community. I have already attended events like the Filipino Independence Day Parade, the 113th Year Anniversary of Philippine Independence and FAMAS’ 48th Year Anniversary Philippine Independence Ball and the Pinoy Fiesta.

First of, I would like to give a big shout out to FAMAS (Filipino Association of Montreal & Suburbs) for involving me in everything this community has to offer.

The Filipino Independence Day

Michael Applebaum (Cote-Des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace Borough Mayor) and I

Even though the rain was pouring on July 12, 2011 the whole Filipino community continued to celebrate our Independence Day. During that day, the Flag Raising Ceremony and a parade was held. Miss Andrea Neufeld and I had the honors of raising the flag of Quebec. Mr. Michael Applebaum (Cote-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace Borough Mayor) and Mr. Marvin Rotrand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace City Councilor) attended this event. Also, some of the the Miss Teen FAMAS 2011 candidates participated in the parade that James de la Paz organized (president of the Council of Canadian Filipino Associations of Quebec). The weather was dreadful but it was a pleasure joining in this event.

Beauty title holders along with Mr. Michael Applebaum and Mr. Marvin Rotrand

Andrea Neufeld & I raising the Quebec flag during the Flag Raising ceremony





During the parade

“We really want to keep the Filipino spirits and traditions alive.”
Aurora Osdon, FAMAS President
“It’s important for us tocelebrate our Independence Day. It has been 113 years since our beloved home country gained her hard-fought freedom from Spain.”
James de la Paz, CCFAQ President

The 113th Year Annieversary of Philippine Independence and FAMAS’ 48th Year Anniversary Philippine Independence Ball

Last June 18, almost the whole Filipino community in Montreal went at the Hellenic Center to celebrate the 113th Year Annieversary of Philippine Independence and FAMAS’ 48th Year Anniversary Philippine Independence Ball. It was a great success. Miss Teen candidates joined forces with PAMANA ng LuzViMinda Philippine Folkloric Dance Company to perform cultural Filipino dances.

Miss Teen candidates with PAMANA dancers performing Filipino folkloric dances

In addition, a fashion show was included with participation of Miss Philippines Montreal Ambassador of Goodwill 2010 and Miss Teen FAMAS candidates. We all wore Filipinianas, traditional Filipino

Some of the Miss Teen candidates in their Filipiniana

outfits. Gracing the occasion were: Borough Mayor of Cote-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Michael Applebaum; City Councilor of Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Marvin Rotrand and Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler.
For those who are wondering why I wasn’t wearing my crown and sash, it’s because on that night I wasn’t recognized as a beauty title holder but as a proud Filipina 🙂

The Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show

My first post on the 2012 Miss Teen Canada Blog Network was sponsored by a Toronto roof repair system.

June 25, 2011: Miss Teen FAMAS candidates and some of the FAMAS board members attend The Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show of 2011.

In this event, I got to represent both of my titles. The candidates and I paraded around the convention center for the Santa Cruzan. A Santa Cruzan is a historical and religious parade in the Philippines. It reminds us of the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) and her son Emperor Constantine. After this was found in Jerusalem and brought back to Rome, a celebration was held. Pursuing this further, the event was filled with entertainment. In fact, filipino stars from the Philippines, such as Francheska Far, JayR Sillona and Carla Abellana, came all the way to Toronto to celebrate with us.

Carla Abellana, Francheska Far, JayR Sillona

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“We believe in our hearts and in lminds that in order to do well in business, we must do ‘good’ in the communities where we live, work and serve… and we are passionately committed to our community giving philosophy.”
– Darren Entwistle, CEO TELUS


TELUS believes that to do good in business, they have to good in communities. This corporation fund raised so much that in 2010, they had the recognition of being the first Canadian company to be named the most charitable corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Since 2007, TELUS has been a proud sponsor for We Day. We Day is planned by the Free The Children charity. This event is held to interact social issues speakers and musicians with the youth from across Canada.  The goal is to get the young adults to give back to their communities locally and globally. TELUS believes that young people can be active in volunteerism and that is why they became one of the good sponsors of We Day.

“[…] TELUS is a very proud sponsor of We Day for the third year in a row. It’s an event that’s truly aligned with our values, our commitment to you and our philosophy of giving back locally. In fact, since 2000, TELUS — our team members and retirees — have contributed more 137 million dollars and have volunteered more than 2.6 million of hours to local communities across Canada. […]” says Janet Yale, Executive Vice-President and National Chair of TELUS Community Boards, at We Day Toronto (2009).

Throughout my journey to Miss Teen Canada-World, I’ve been fundraising for Free The Children. Free The Children is the pageant’s official charity. Around the world, this charity has freed the children and their families from the cycle of poverty. Moreover, I held a garage sale and I’m currently in process of doing a penny and bottle drive. Raising all that money made me realize that anyone and everyone can help the world in their own little way. Furthermore, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. I really appreciate it. If you would like to donate pennies or bottles, please contact me through my Facebook page.


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