I have arrived TORONTO!!! Alisha, Ciara and I have decided to come in a day early in our host hotel!!
First of, Thank you to Edward Hotel Markham for accommodating us a day earlier!!! They have such great customer service! Very nice staff!! Beyond amazing!!!
I have mix emotions as the competition starts!! I am very excited to meet all the ladies! I mean I have met Team Alberta (cheering) and I miss them dearly, but I also want to meet the other ladies!! Don’t get us ladies wrong. Even though we are competing with each other, having them really makes the week worthwhile. I mean we already have made a group chat to somewhat get to know each other! And who else is going through the same stress, hardship and fun as I am other than themselves!
Anyhow, this day started in Calgary. Going to work first. And catching my flight! Please note Toronto is 2 hours ahead of Calgary therefore there is a time change! By the time I got to the hotel its almost midnight! But because Alisha’s and Ciara’s flight had a delay we all got in together!!!
Pageant day arrives, we had a late breakfast. We actually missed our time slot for breakfast because we thought it was until 11am. But still we got some really good food and service! Top notch service, props to Julian.
We also got to meet Miss Maritimes World during breakfast along with her provincial director Marc! She is so sweet and beautiful, her eyes were mesmerizing.
Then we got ready for registration. Finalize our looks and stuff for the day! Can’t wait to see who our roommates will be!!
If I am not mistaken we are having our opening gala at Neruda restaurant!! Can’t wait to try out their steak 😉 They are also donating $1000 under one of the delegate’s name to be donated to Children’s Wish Foundation when our review has the most like! So please do like my review after today until Wednesday July 26th!!
Please tune in on what’s in store for tomorrow!!
Vida Valerie Vispo
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I want to take the time and thank my sponsors. Their tremendous support for Miss World Canada 2019 is appreciated. A special thanks to my platinum sponsors Bhavin Vyas, Carol McCaffrey, M Wedding & Events and Abhishek Jariwala. Thanks to The Nail Detail and Lashes by Meenu for sponsoring my nails and lashes for the event.
Firstly, I would like to thank Fancy Door & Mouldings Ltd. who were very generous donors to the fundraiser and everyone online who donated on my page for The Children’s Wish Foundation. I did a bottle drive in the community and with various restaurants in the city which was very successful. Thanks to Kerala, Namaste India, Guru, Indian Garden, Saffron, Zaika and Bombay Chaat pan for their contribution. I am also very grateful to the Sai Baba temple for letting me set up my Henna fundraiser there. All of these fundraising events were successful I am very thankful to everyone who contributed.
Volunteerism and community service are integral parts of my identity because I feel the happiest when I am able to give back to the community that has given me a place to live, work, and grow in. I am the Vice President of French at SVCC (Student Volunteer Campus Community) which is a free language learning group at the University of Alberta. As Vice President of French, I encourage university students as well as members of the community to enroll in French language sessions in order to build their skillset.
I am a mentor and advisor at the Stollery Youth Advisory Council. As an advisor, I introduced the Self-Care kits project which provides hospital children and youth with items such as weighted blankets, face masks, fidget spinners, journals and kind notes. These kits make the experience of kids in the hospital memorable and comfortable. I am also working on the Stollery Care Cards project which gives children
I am the Co-Chair of the New Democratic Youth of Alberta. As Co-Chair, I ensure that youth in Alberta are engaged politically. I believe that youth should be engaged and educated in politics because youth have the power to determine who holds office. I work to educate youth that their vote has an impact and they should exercise this right to bring attention to issues that are important to them.
In Winter 2018, I successfully planned, organized, and conducted a campus-wide food drive at the University of Alberta. The proceeds were donated to the Edmonton Food Bank. To read more about my initiative, please click the following article I wrote for the YouAlberta Blog to learn about what inspired me to implement the food drive. https://medium.com/youalberta/paving-the-way-for-selfless-service-2ec3fbc811f
I am the recipient of the $1000 Kinsmen Salute to Youth Award which recognizes an individual who exemplifies an extraordinary commitment to serving the community. I have also won the $4000 ManCap Foundation Award which is awarded to 6 individuals across Alberta who have demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship, leadership, and volunteerism. I competed in Heart of Our Heritage Foundation’s Miss. Alberta pageant and won the title of Miss. Alberta 1st Runner-Up 2018 and a $750 monetary prize.
As the competition is around the corner. Here is a brief background of myself away from the pageantry world.
I graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse. I currently work 3 jobs, all part time. I work as a Clinic Manager at a Medical Aesthetic Clinic in Calgary. My 2nd job is also as a nurse for a long-term facility. And lastly, my other job is as a food counter attendant for a restaurant.
On too of juggling 3 jobs, I am also a member of the Calgary Westwind Lions Club (non-profit organization, motto “Together, We Serve”). As a Lions member I am also the Leo Advisor of the Next Generation Leo Club. It is the youth group of the Lions. Where we build leadership skills and teach younger generation about the importance and the fulfillment volunteerism can bring.
I am also active in our church. I was part of the choir for 6 years. I am still currently a member of the Hospitality Ministry and the Commentator Ministry.
Besides my active involvement in my Calgary and worldwide communities, I am also a member/performer and a director for Binhi ng Lahi Folk Dance Troupe. This non profit organization promotes the culture and heritage of my roots, Philippines. On top of that it teaches the youth leadership, discipline and communication skills through our practices and performances. Bonus: I also get to perform which I have done so since 2008 up until today.
I am also a model, as a hobby, for Spotlight Courone Internationale. I sincerely enjoy being on the runway, showcasing pieces of talented artists. It’s a zone where body meets art. That’s what I think about modelling. Sell the art 🙂
There also has been several occasions that I have hosted events (not paid) and I don’t ask to be paid because I just enjoy hosting and I believe it is such a great improvement for myself to do something out of my comfort zone, and that is public speaking. Although I still get nervous I very much enjoy it!
My family is quite big. I am the eldest to 1 sister and twin brothers. We also have a dog, his name is Mochi and he is a pure bred Pembroke Welsh. I was born in the Philippines and my whole family migrated to Canada back in 2005.
Our favourite family bonding is travelling! Whether it be by land, air or sea. We’ve done it! The best trip we took was driving from Calgary down to Mississippi to Chicago to Washington to New York and back up to Niagara Falls and across Winnipeg and back to Calgary. We also have done long drives to Vancouver and Las Vegas. My family has flew to South Korea, Cancun, London and Dominican Republic to name a few.
Although I would say the best place to visit would still be Banff and the Rocky Mountains. The scenery and peacefulness, the overall ambiance of the rockies, pines tries, crystal blue waters sometimes emerald, simply breath taking!
We’ll that’s pretty much a brief summary of who I am!! I hope you enjoyed reading about me! And please follow me on my social media for updates!!!
1 more day till I fly to Toronto for the Miss World Canada 2019 competition and I can’t wait to meet all the lovely candidates from different parts of Canada!
July has been a fun month for me so far, from practicing my walks to curating my outfits for the competition as well as being able to teach young kids again in another personality development summer camp by Spotlight Courrone International wherein I got to meet the new batch of beautiful little kids and pre-teens and taught them the basics on how to walk in a runway while at the same time having fun and celebrating their inner child — showcasing their pure energy and cuteness. It felt like I learned more that day than the children, as they reminded me of how fun things can be and how doing what you love makes the learning process a lot easier.
Also, a few months back I did a fun shoot with the talented photographer Rodia and this week I got the final copies and I am so excited to share it with you guys! Here are some of the photos:
It’s so fun to watch how everyone works together to make a single shot, it takes a lot of creativity and patience. So I am always thankful for all the photographers that works so hard capturing each photo and volunteering their own time to edit each of them.
Another exciting opportunity that happened to me this month is I got to be one of the judges in the casting call for Calgary International Fashion Week that happened last Saturday July 13. It was a little weird being the one to choose who goes in or not, as I remember I was in the same position as these aspiring models 2 years ago and I knew how nerve wracking it was. But kudos to all the models as they did well presenting themselves and congratulations to all that got in!
I just love meeting new people by attending events like this in my community, it gives me the chance to make new friends and create new memories.
That’s all that has happened to me so far this month but don’t worry there’s still more exciting things coming your way and my way too! I’ll see you guys in Toronto for the Miss World Canada 2019 and thank you so much for all your support!
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I am so proud to announce that I have been crowned Miss Alberta 2018 and also Miss Central Alberta 2019. I never thought about ever being in a pageant before doing Miss Alberta, I did not know much about them. Doing Miss Alberta completely changed my perspective about pageants, they are so much more than just being beautiful. They are about being beautiful on the inside as well. I know what you are thinking , that’s cliché! I understand but I will explain. Every contestant is encouraged to be actively involved in the community and stand up for an issue they are passionate about. That is my favourite part about it, pageants provide a platform to voice your opinions. My platform for Miss World Canada is Mental Health, the reason I chose this platform is because there is a rise in mental health problems in our world today, however the topic is still not being addressed strongly enough due to the stigma attached to it.
I am currently studying BSc in Psychology. I graduate with my degree in November. Psychology was not the original plan, but I took one course and fell in love with it. I find the area very interesting and I also wanted to do something where I could help people and be with them through out the processes as they improved. This is not where it ends, I want to study further so I can make the best use of my education to change people’s lives.
Dance is a passion for me, I have been dancing since I was two years old. I dance to express myself . I am the happiest when I am dancing. Kathak, bollywood, Indian folk and belly dance are some of the forms of dance that I do. Apart from dancing, I love being outside playing sports or hiking. One of my other hobbies is also watching Netflix, I like taking some time alone and just watching friends it always makes me feel better.
The Southgate care centre is very close to my heart. It is a senior home that I volunteer at. I used to volunteer there as a physiotherapy assistant a couple years ago and now I occasionally volunteer as a visitor. Some patients here do not remember much, but it is the most special feeling when they remember who you. I also try and be as involved as I can be with events that are raising awareness about mental health. The CMHA Edmonton did a Defeat Depression walk in which my amazing team walked 5 km. This event was a fundraiser to raise awareness about mood disorders and also raise funds so they can be put back into programs to help the individuals suffering from them. I hope to be more involved with future events of the CMHA Edmonton.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better.
I am honored to be Miss. SouthWest Edmonton and represent the province of Alberta at the national stage in Toronto. I joined the world of pageantry last year when I competed in my very first pageant which was the Heart of Heritage Foundation’s Miss. Alberta pageant. I won the title of Miss. Alberta 1st Runner-Up which was a very proud moment for me as my rehearsing and hard work paid off. The skills I gained during the pageant included refined public speaking, effective communication, poise, posture, and grace, which are transferable skills that have helped me in the realms of employment and volunteerism. My favorite part of the pageant was performing a free verse poem that I wrote myself for the talent portion. I enjoyed making my written work come alive and I also appreciated the audience’s warm response to my work. My work was recognized which was a very special moment for me.
Education & Platform
I am a student at the University of Alberta and I am majoring in Women and Gender Studies and I am minoring in Political Science. I chose these areas of study because I am passionate about social issues such as gender pay equity, women in politics, governance and policy affecting Indigenous groups, and immigration. My platform for Miss World Canada is women empowerment. I would like to support the advancement of women in areas of employment by equipping them with language skills. Currently, I am the Vice President (VP) of French at SVCC which is a language discussion group at the University of Alberta. As VP French, I encourage women and others to facilitate French discussion sessions and I also encourage individuals to join these sessions in order to gain fluency in French. Participants learning French benefit from these sessions as they are able to acquire leadership positions in the realms of employment or volunteerism. Using my platform, I would like to create this opportunity at various universities across Canada so individuals can gain fluency in both the official languages of Canada, English, and French.
Pageant Judge Experience
I was given the opportunity to judge the All Canadian Mid-Western pageant in Red Deer, Alberta in May 2019. I was amazed by the talented young girls who presented their dancing and singing talents. I could really see the passion in their eyes as they presented. They had perfected their walk, poise, and posture which fueled their confidence on-stage. Preparation is the best way to make sure that one is super confident on stage. It was very interesting to be a judge instead of a competitor as I realized judges are not as intimidating as they may seem. Judges are simply there to assess and appreciate the unique talent that each individual contestant brings to the table.
Fashion Show for Cancer Research Awareness
I am honored to have walked for Shabad’s Attire at the Namastey India event which was done in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. I modeled traditional Indian apparel which can be worn at an evening reception party. I had such a great time practicing posing and walking which was done for a charitable cause.
I would like to thank Sidhu Traffic Tickets and legal services and Traffic Tickets World for sponsoring my entrance fee for nationals. Please visit Sidhu Traffic Tickets (http://www.sidhutraffictickets.com)to fight traffic tickets, speeding tickets, and fighting for your demerit point.
Skincare Sponsor: La Bello Aesthetics
A huge thank you to my beautiful stylist, co-ordinator, photoshoot director Mileydi Christancho, (https://www.instagram.com/mileydicristancho/) for introducing me to my skincare sponsor. I would also like to thank La Bello Aesthetics in Edmonton, Alberta for sponsoring my microdermabrasion treatment. I wanted to get microdermabrasion done to make sure my skin tone was even and my face got a deep exfoliation. Thank you so much to Faye Sales for making sure my skin is glowy, smooth, and free of texture. Faye was so kind, caring, and accommodating to my needs. She suggested products that would be perfect for my skin and she gave me tips for skincare that are super helpful! I feel stage-ready! Please visit https://www.labelloaesthetics.com/ to book your next skincare or beauty appointment! La Bello Aesthetics offers facials, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, microblading, and many other beauty treatments that will make you feel like a Queen! You will have a relaxing and joyful appointment at La Bello Aesthetics where quality service is a priority!
Thank you for reading my first blog post. Please stay tuned for my second blog post which will describe my work in the areas of volunteerism and community service which are my biggest passions as well my preparation for Miss. World Canada. For now, please click the following link to donate to my fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/1p2u5k70qo&rcid=r01-156342851739-f0ec305b9c644feb&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w. The Children’s Wish Foundation grants wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses. Together, we can make the wishes of these children to come to life!
On July 6th, 2019 I hosted my first ever large scale fundraising event. Leading up to the big day I spent many days organizing, planning and delegating everything that needed to be completed… From a different city.
Around June 10th I was hit with the devastating news that my grandma was in her last days battling Alzheimer’s. My family immediately took to her side and did everything we could to support her, and make her feel at ease. Though she fought and fought she peacefully passed away on June 15th, 2019 with all of us by her side. The next week was spent sifting through pictures and organizing everything that needed to be done for her funeral. The next week my family got on a plane and traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to say our final goodbyes with our family and loved ones. Of course, after everything I have learned through the arts, and knowing that I had a huge event the next week…the show must go on.
My grandma was a HUGE inspiration in my life and a huge reason why music is so influential in my life today. A fire was lit inside me and I was fueled to honor her by hosting this event… there was just no way I was going to cancel it. From phone calls to Facebook messaging and sleepless nights, my team and I were able to put together something we were proud of. Now all we had to do was cross our fingers, and hope that we would have an audience to perform this for!
I am so beyond blessed and thankful for the turnout of my first ever Music for Minds. We laughed, cried and became educated about mental health and what we can do to better the resources in our city. I am proud to say we raised over $2000 dollars from our event alone to jumpstart our new music therapy programming and close to $900 so far and counting on our online donating platform!!! I just can’t believe it.
If you would still like to donate to the cause you can absolutely do so here.
I would like to thank the We Are Calgary team for capturing the night and creating a playlist for those who couldn’t attend to see, It truly was a magical night and I couldn’t have done it without my team and sponsors. If you want to check out some of the performances from the night you can do so below 🙂
I want to say thank you to all the incredibly talented performers who took part, and shared your stories I have so much love for you all and how brave you all were. To my amazing stage crew thank you for working to create a beautiful arrangement of lighting in under 10 hours and seamless stage management for our show. You guys seriously are amazing and to pink + White Creative… Kris Mish you were once again a joy to create art with and I definitely could not have done this without you. Thank you to my awesome family for taking time out of their busy lives to run snack and beverages (proceeds went to Children’s Wish) and the silent auction. Your support means the world to me.
To my incredible sponsors THANK YOU! every penny and every donation made is so appreciated and we were able to create an impact due to your selfless contributions.
StoryBook Theatre Made By Marcus Laughing Sparrow Ari + Blair Grey Eagle Resort & Casino World Gym Southland YMCA Calgary pink+whitecreative Hudsons Bay Calgary
Finally, special thanks to CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region for all your help and support leading up to the event. You guys seriously are amazing and I’m so glad to be working along-side you all to create change in this city 💚
I am so excited to say that the response from the audience was so well received that I will be working hard to create an annual Music for Minds event. My head is full of new knowledge and my heart is forever full. I believe I had a special angel watching over me that day and helping the event go smoothly. I really have found a true passion I didn’t expect to find through pageantry and I cannot wait to see where it takes me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
side note… I leave on Saturday for Miss World Canada EEK!
I am so excited to announce my Charity event was a Success! I held a fundraising dinner at The Eden in Calgary in support of Children’s Wish Foundation. I am at a loss of words for how Blessed I am for the support and love from everyone who came out. We had raffles and door prizes from various local businesses such as Katherine Calnan, Blondie Boutique, Patti Falconer agencies, Kensington Fitness, Tany’s jewelry, RnR Wellness, Joanna Bisley designs, Purr, and Clique hotel. I am so blessed and grateful for the continued love support. Thank you so much once again to everyone who made this event a success.
I would like to dedicate this post to all of those who influenced me in the best way possible.
All of you, have influenced me or given me opportunities that have shaped me into the woman I am today. I am strong, multifaceted, and becoming more and more confident every day. It is because of you, that I strive to succeed in everything that I do and hopefully one day, I can be the same for others. I believe that especially in today’s society, it is extremely important for our younger generations; boys and girls to have someone to look up to and strive to be. I was fortunate to have that.
I would like to start with my pageant coaches; Lisa and Ashlea. The two of them have gone above and beyond to not only polish me for provincials and nationals, but really helped my mom with becoming a supportive pageant mama. You both have brought me out of my shell, and gave me the confidence I truly needed to find. Without them, I would have given up before the provincial pageant and nothing would be the same. I aspire to become anything similar to the women they are, I will never know what I would do without your guidance and support and there is no way I can ever thank them enough. It’s the simplest things from texts, to showing up at my events that mean the absolute world to me. Thank you for always cheering me on.
My Auntie Sandy, Auntie Krista, Auntie Shannon and Auntie Elisha, they have all individually given me constant support not only with my pageant, but everything I have done in my life. I have some pretty spectacular aunts to look up to and they have all blessed me with my amazing cousins that I am forever grateful to have.
Unfortunately, my Auntie Sandy and Auntie Shannon have both endured hardships and lost spouses. However; they both have successfully raised their children to become kind, smart and courageous people and I admire their growth as hard working women. Without the four of you, I would not have so many great memories to look back on and each of them have helped to mold me into the woman I have become.
My cousin Apryl. I would like to thank her for not only being one of my favourite people, but for being the older sister I never had. She is strong, smart and so determined and every bit of growing up with her was filled with fun adventures and laughter.
she brings constant happiness to my life and I cannot think of how it would be without her in it. After watching her endure an open heart surgery at the age of 18, I really saw how strong of a person she truly is. Apryl will continuously have my respect and love. Thank you for always being my sister.
My Nana, her daughters and daughter in laws; You are some of the most strong-willed people I will ever meet. All of you have been huge influential figures in my life, you have taught me to be true to myself, and never, ever let anyone take advantage of me. You all may be assertive, but under that lies hearts of gold. Anyone that is fortunate enough to have you ladies in their life is sure lucky. Thank you for giving me a wonderful family to cherish and love forever, and thank you for all of the wonderful memories
My grandma, Georgie. I have so many great memories of us running up and down the stairs at your old house, Tibs and Bentley and experiencing the Calgary Stampede for the first time. You have taught me to be happy and true to yourself with whatever life brings to you.
You brought acceptance to my life and showed me that same sex marriage is nothing but normal. No matter how many obstacles you run into, the only thing that matters in life is that you are happy, healthy and living your best life for you. Thank you for bringing this to my life, grandma.
My grandma, Carol. There is never a dull moment with you. You and mom are the light of my life and without you, I truly don’t know what I would do. You have helped to give me the best life I could possibly have and you will never fail to make me the happiest I can be.
You always taught me that I ‘don’t need a man to be successful’ and although I used to laugh, I now realize how true you are. Your wisdom has carried me through life, through every obstacle, and every achievement (Hopefully more to come). Brendan, Audrey, Griffin and myself really struck gold with you as you will always be our biggest support. You taught me to dance, you took me to my first concert and you helped raise me to become a strong, independent woman just like you. So thank you, for always cheering me on and showing me what kind of grandma I need to be one day.
Last but certainly not least, my Mama.
You are my rock, my number one, and you will forever be my best friend. I know, I can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but my life wouldn’t be this great without you in it. You are the reason behind everything I’ve achieved and I will continue to always be the best me I can be for you. I don’t know how to put this into words as my love for you grows each and every day.
Thank you for everything you have done for me and giving me the best life I could have. Thank you for showing me how to be strong whilst in difficult situations. Thank you for being the hardest working person I know and proving to not only me, but so so many others how dedication can bring you the best success in life.
I aspire to have your positive, kind heart and to become a mother just like you to one day teach my children how to be just like their selfless grandma. I know it is said often, but thank you for being the best mom I could ever have, I hope to never let you down mama. I love you.
Thank you to everyone that read this post! I hope you enjoyed and come back for more.