COMMUNITY: Fil-Can girl represents Winnipeg in Canada Galaxy Pageant

Her next stage is the galaxy.

After being a star  in the  Shining Star Fashion show where she  walked down the ramp with other aspiring  models in Manitoba,  12-year old  Katrina Czarina  Salazar ‘s next stop  is galaxy.     She will  represent  Winnipeg in the Junior Category of the Canada Galaxy pageant  on  April 27,  2019 in  Mississauga, Ontario.

Fondly called KC,  she  began capturing the hearts of many  when  she joined the  Manitoba Filipino Street Festival Queen Bulilit  in  2016 where she  placed  second.

She impressed the judges and hailed  Best in Talent at the 2017 Shining Star with her rendition of  “Shape of you”  as she sang and played  cajon instrument while doing  machine gun taekwondo and sikaran  kick while dancing.


Dream to become  model and  beauty queen


KC  has always been fascinated with Filipina  beauty queens like Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray.  She  has started  her catwalk and  hip twisting and poses  in front of the mirror  as early as  she was six.

“Even when I was younger I would  wrap the blanket on me as my dress and put on my high heels or boots and  walked  around in my room to pretend as a  beauty queen. I always love to watch beauty contests and modelling.”

Sally, KC’s mother who has been very supportive of her daughter’s  passion,  told CKJS that at the age of two,  KC would put a bucket of ice cream on her head to pretend it was her crown.    KC’s  fashion designer  uncle  in the Philippines– Eric Feliciano,  also has a big influence in  her.   Eric,  who  also  trains local beauty queens, has  been helpful in designing and sewing  all the gowns  KC will use in the contest.

Sally and husband Kenneth are loving  parents to KC and her brother AJ who always remind them   not to forget where they came from and to  be proud of their Filipino heritage.  Born in the Philipines, KC and her family  immigrated to Canada in 2015.  She still  speaks  Filipino language fluently as  it is their medium used for  conversation at home.


KC :  The Achiever

While she loves to become a model and a  beauty queen,  KC also  aspires to become a  lawyer someday.

Currently Grade  7  student of   Hugh John Mcdonald,  she excels in  academics and after-school programs.   She graduated Grade 6 with honours and received  citations such as Leadership Award from MLA of Logan in 2018 and as  Outstanding Grade 6 Student. She was also awarded  with  Winnipeg Foundation Scholarship and  Leadership Award from CanU.

KC also represented her school in School Division and Provincial Science Fairs and bagged medals in 2017 and 2018, the Manitoba Filipino Teachers Association and has emceed in various school programs.  She also trained with  the Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy and has also  won several medals in martial arts.

KC sings, dances and act on stage.  In her spare time, she loves to  do video editing,  photography, drawing and arts.   She also loves to volunteer and actively helps out in her previous school’s  Filipino Club.

With all  her achievements so far,   she believes in staying  humble, being prayerful and in dreaming big.

Always follow and pursue your dreams. Life is trial and errors. Keep trying.   After a lot of trials, move on to another dream. God is showing us what we are destined for. Always stay as children of God. “

Aside from KC,  another Winnipeger,  Ariele Lopuck will represent Winnipeg in the  Teen category in the   Canada Galaxy Pageant.

Winners in this Canada-search  level travels to  Orlando, Florida to represent Canada and compete at   Galaxy International Pageant  in August of  2019.



(Thank you to KC’s mother Sally for providing photos. Photo credit  for the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival:  Mark Godilano)

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