“I’m an avid solo-traveler, lover of martial arts, and a community builder. I love anything that’s related to the arts and martial arts.”
“. I’m the type who thinks about how my students or the younger generation will perceive my actions.”
“A virtue that any woman must have is her ability to embrace her own authentic self.”
“I’ll say please do it! Just do it! Life is short and we should live life with no regrets. What’s the worst that could happen?…”
“As a woman, we all have the power to change someone’s life if we use our voice. Our voice to speak for others who are afraid to stand up for themselves.”
It is an honor to present from Canada : KC De Castro – Miss Personality Alberta 2023 – Model. KC is a native of the Philippines and today she is making her way in a wonderful multicultural country like Canada.
KC gives me a valuable interview and we know her now!!!!
Welcome KC De Castro!!!
1.- KC, you were born in Philippines ,What do you like about your hometown in the Philippines? What are your hobbies? What makes you laugh a lot or does it give you a lot of joy?
The Philippines is amazing because it’s home to many natural wonders such as the caves or rice terraces and chocolate hills and the pristine beaches! They have a variety of different cuisines but most of all a vibrant culture! The people are just amazing. I love how we Filipinos are just so resilient. Even if there’s oceans of problems we always find a reason to smile and are just so cheerful!
The question “What are your hobbies? Is one of my favorite questions to answer! It feels like that question brings people together. There’s always someone who shares your interest and its something that can make you connect with others!
What are your hobbies?
I’m an avid solo-traveler, lover of martial arts, and a community builder. I love anything that’s related to the arts and martial arts.
After my first big break-up ever, I decided to go on my own self-love journey. I found myself getting lost in the beautiful cities of Taiwan. .Getting lost in a city where you barely know the language can show you so much about things you never knew about yourself. I learned the importance of prioritizing yourself and really taking a break from this mundane world. I learned that it is so true that we can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s important that you should never forget yourself while you are building a life. Remember that yourself comes first,
Like I mentioned earlier, it’s important to prioritize yourself. One of the ways you can prioritize yourself is by making a commitment to yourself. I do my best to train at least 3 times a week or more for wing chun at Canadian Wing Chun Academy.
Wing Chun has taught me that you will lose a lot and lose your ego in the process.
It pushes you to work hard with very tough and experienced people. You will find that you will be defeated.
You will lose.
And that is okay.
I feel like Wing Chun really helps you define your character if you are someone who will improve and become a better version of yourself, check your ego, acknowledge that you’ve lost and look for ways to overcome your weakness. Being such a perfectionist at times, I hated it. I felt like a failure when I thought I’m doing it right, yet, I’m not. It can be frustrating but you just have to keep doing it over and over again. If you persevere enough, you will get there.
Most of all, every move you make must be a conscious choice to succeed.
A wrong stance or not a proper side step can make a huge difference executing a defense and an attack at the same time. Wingchun taught me that everything that we do is our choice and that gives us power over our success. The majority of things affecting our lives are within our control.
Community building is one of my biggest passions in life. I remember doing discord events back in University with my friend Nicole L connecting junior and senior students over some jackbox party games. I have loved volunteering in my community for different causes ever since I was in highschool. I’m currently working on my passion project called #projectlovecanada, My goal is to showcase that children with disabilities are more than just their labels. They are more than what society sets them to be. The #projectlovecanada is a page dedicated to make people feel seen and valued.
What makes you laugh a lot or does it give you a lot of joy?
I’ll laugh at the smallest things! Progress of my students is something that gives me so much joy and seeing the difference I make in their lives and the people around me.
2.- You grew up in Canada, What do you feel for Canada, its people and its culture?
Canada is known for its diverse unique culture, beautiful sceneries and super friendly people! Canada is a very welcoming country to others especially to those looking to start a new life.
3.- International Model , Beauty Queen, Miss Personality Alberta 2023, When do you decide to take your first steps as a model and beauty pageants? What feeling do you have achieving your dreams, your passions and being a recognized influencer woman today?
Winning the pageant was definitely an indescribable feeling. I clearly remember it was 3 am in the morning when I stumbled on this question ” why should you be the next miss queen alberta?” I think I wrote something about wanting to be a role model to the younger generations and create awareness for kids with mental disabilities. My first pageant experience did not really sink in until 5 days before the day of the competition. I did not take home the title during my very first pageant but it made me realize that I do have a voice and that I can create change in my own way. It inspired me to do better for my community and pushed me to really learn more about my own platform.
To be recognized as an influential woman today is both an honor and a privilege. The crown and sash does not define you. It is what you do with it. Being a titleholder is more than just an evening of glitz and glam. It’s being a goodwill ambassador of the pageant system that promises to serve and advocate for your chosen platform and other causes.
4.- What do you think is the distinctive, unique stamp of KC in each activity carried out as a person and model?
I think it’s my passion and how I put her heart into everything. I’m the type who thinks about how my students or the younger generation will perceive my actions. If you ever ask me to put an event together, I’m the type to l consider how I can make it accessible and inclusive for others.I’m the type of person who wears my heart on my sleeve.
5.- Whats is the main virtue that any woman must have to be an internacional model?
A virtue that any woman must have is her ability to embrace her own authentic self. A woman must be able to show her vulnerabilities and flaws. To be vulnerable means to let your guard down and to connect with others.I have my own scars and body rolls and I love them all, it makes me who I am. If you want to inspire others, it’s important to be someone relatable.
As a model, you become a role model to the younger generations. It’s important to show them that we all are different and that we have things that we are not all proud of but we all are unique in our own way. We all have a unique story to share to the world that makes us who we are.
6.- Are you aware of being an influential woman for thousands of girls Who wants to be models? How important is it to you to be an idol for many girls and teenagers?
I never thought of being an influential woman ever in my life. To be a role model to the younger generation has always been one of my main goals in life. I I think it’s important for these girls to have a reminder that the photos on social media do not always depict that models are perfect people. It’s important to learn the value of hardwork. Modeling isn’t always easy. In a world full of people judging each other specially based on your appearance, we need to learn that we are more than our physical appearance. Beauty is not about the physical appearance but it’s what’s in your heart, your passions and how much you’ve done for your community.
7.- What was your feeling the first time you modeled in front of a video camera? What did you feel the first time at a beauty pageant?
I grew up in a family where there’s always a camera present to capture every milestone and moment in life. I’m the type who usually vlog my trips or special occasions in my life so I love being in front of the camera! However,When I did my very first photoshoot, I was kind of shy as I did not know what to do or how to really pose. I’m grateful that my photographer made me feel so comfortable. It was so good! He told me just be you and he captured every moment of it.
8.- What do you think about the power of social media today?
I think social media is a double edged sword in a way that it connects us to our loved ones overseas. It connects people easily but at the same time it can be used as a weapon. A weapon against ourselves when we start to define the edited photos as a standard of beauty and bully others through our harsh comments. Social media can have the power to destroy one’s self esteem if we let the likes or comments define who we are. On the other hand, it can be a powerful tool to motivate and build each other up. It can be a powerful tool to bring people together to raise awareness about certain issues and raise money to fund different programs or initiatives to really create a difference in this world.
9.- How do you like to interact with your followers on social media? What’s your favorite social media?
I honestly think polls are one of the best ways to interact with your followers. I think we all love to give our opinions! As for my favorite social media, definitely instagram for now. I love how instagram has the reels option and you can create short clips that can really show who you are as a person and your life!
As for my social media, @kathares24 is where I usually post about my personal life journey and pageant related content. My @teachersjourney2021 and @questacademycalgary are my socials for education and teaching related content.
10.- What would you advise young people who have talent but do not dare to take the next step? What would you advise parents who do not support their children’s talents?
To the young people who have talent but do not dare to take the next step I’ll say please do it! Just do it! Life is short and we should live life with no regrets. What’s the worst that could happen? We get a no? A no answer does not kill us right? Some of the most memorable experiences I’ve done in my life are the ones that are daring and adventurous! The one’s your parents will say no to but you learn your lesson and what you could do as a person. You learn so much by taking risks and you learn so much about yourself things you never know such as maybe being able love that much when you thought you never will love that way ever? Or when you’re afraid of water but you still do a cliff diving in a pacific ocean? Isn’t that an accomplishment overcoming your own fears? All our experiences shape the person we are now. Our experiences teach us something about ourselves and it makes us stronger. It makes us a better person.
I’m thankful for my parents who supported me in all my endeavors in my life. I may not have liked how my parents were strict back then but I’m at the point I appreciate how they raised me.
They taught me discipline and the importance of pursuing your passions in life. My parents taught me that you have nothing to lose if you just try.
To the parents who do not support their children’s talents, please support them. Parents play an important role in shaping their children’s identity. Parents are the role models for their children. As parents, we can only provide opportunities for our children to learn and grow.
11.- What important lessons have you learned from the world of fashion and beauty pageants?
In the outside world people think that beauty pageants are all about glitz and glam. They probably even think that some girls are not actual friends. However, I learned that being in a pageant is a life changing experience. To be a queen means to take a job offer to be a role model and to serve your community. It’s about sisterhood, being surrounded by women that are ambitious and very passionate about making a difference in this world.
12.- KC, being a model for you has been easy? Were there obstacles? How Did you overcome obstacles?
I’m new to modeling but definitely, if ever my height. I’ve always felt like I’m short. However, after my very first photoshoot, the photographer helped me feel comfortable about my own skin. I learned that it’s really about being authentically you and loving yourself.
13.- Have you thought about being an actress? Do you like the entertainment industry?
Lolz besides the fact I can be a drama queen at times, yes! I totally considered being an actress and joining the entertainment industry!
14.- Worldwide, women have acquired a greater role even though there are societies where they are still abused. What is your opinion of the role of women in the future in these societies?
We all are born from a woman. A woman, that is our mom, is the first person who showed us true love. Women are the primary caregivers of society. However, even today, many women and girls around the world still experience abuse from a partner or at home. Abuse of women has enormous ripple effects in society such as low self-esteem, inability to work and most of all the inability to care for their children.
I think women can play many roles in society but the most important one in my opinion is that women are educators. It is the women of the society, our moms usually, who taught us how to stand up for ourselves. It is our mom who taught us how to read and write in the early stages of our lives. I believe that education can enhance the status of young girls and many women in this world. When we are educated there’s a higher chance we can reduce the rate of poverty.
As a woman, we all have the power to change someone’s life if we use our voice. Our voice to speak for others who are afraid to stand up for themselves. Our voice is our power. Our voice can lead others to act on issues that really matter.
15.- KC, what is your motivation and what do you feel grateful for everyday?
My motivation is the progress of the kids that I work with. I love seeing their growth and excitement for what they’re learning for the day. Most of all, working with kids with disabilities, I can’t wait for the day they learn to talk or speak a new word. It’s very motivating for me to see what progress my kids will make today. Will they be able to finally say their first I love you to their mom? I feel very grateful to my family and friends who never ceased to support me through my journey.
16.- KC , Do you like to travel? What countries do you know? What other countries would you like to know and which places do you recommend to visit from the Philippines and Canada?
I love to travel! Visiting new countries for me means learning new cultures and trying new authentic cuisines! I haven’t really traveled a lot but some of my favorite places that I visited so far were Taiwan and Singapore! I still want to travel to the rest of Asia and visit Europe one day!
I haven’t really traveled much in the Philippines but I believe that the Philippines is like a mosaic. Each province in the Philippines is like a piece of that mosaic that has something authentic and different to offer that contributes to the culture and history of the country. It’s been a long time since I visited the Philippines but I remember I enjoyed Ilocos for their preserved buildings that showcase some of the Filipino culture and history. I love El Nido Palawan as well due to its hidden lagoons, white sand beaches and pristine waters.
Canada is full of natural wonders! I highly recommend Alberta and head to the Banff National Park. You’ll find the Rocky Mountains, glacial lakes, and waterfalls. British Columbia is another beautiful province! They offer beautiful forests, misty mountains, warm lakes and vineyards.
17.- You and me (Jaime William) are going to play ping pong, I will tell you one word and you will answer with another word that comes to your mind.
– Marriage – Happily ever after
– Childrens – The future
– Love – Selflessness
– Canada – Multiculturalism
– Travel – Experiences
– Abortion – No
– Dance – Fun
– Sing – Inspiration
– Europe – Architectures
– America – Hope
– Sport – Basketball
– Money – Investment
– Parents – Family
– Dreams – Goals
– Passion – Drive
– Madness Percentage – 20%
– Character– Discipline
18.- KC, your last words or final tips
Always stay humble and remember where you came from. We should all do our best to stay true to ourselves especially with how social media can easily influence us and our perception of ourselves. If I could give advice to my younger self I’d say go do what makes you happy. Remember to live a life for yourself and that you can’t please everyone. You’ll lose friends for whatever reason but you will always gain new friends. Especially in the fashion industry, don’t let those criticisms ever define you. Stay true to your words and create a difference in this world. Remember that not everyone is given an opportunity to have a voice. If we are given a voice to stand up for others, use it wisely. Always follow your heart. Your heart will always lead you to your happiness. When in doubt, always ask yourself, “ Will I regret this decision 5 years from now?” Most of all, always remember that beauty is within you. You have the power to create a difference in this world.
Interview conducted by Jaime William Mostacero Baca with KC De Castro – Philippines – Canada
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