I am extremely excited to hold the title of Miss Teenage East Calgary 2014. The Miss Teenage Alberta pageant itself was an amazing experience, so for me to continue with pageants is a blessing.
So let me introduce myself properly. My name is Ruby Angelica and I am a 16 year old, grade 11 student at Father Lacombe High School. I am a proud to be part of the International Baccalaureate Program at my school and am enriched with so much information everyday. As nerdy as it sounds, my teachers are my friends. I love to write, with English being my favourite subject. Spoken word is wonderful and I encourage everyone to try it out at least just once!
I was born in East Calgary and have been living here since. Raised by my parents, for the first eight years of my life and then given gift of having my grandparents move in after, I can say that I have been shaped by my family and my culture a lot. Now, I live with my mom, step-father, grandparents and my dog, Shiro.
Last year, I won the title of Miss Teen Philippines-Calgary 2013 and my life changed. I met amazing people.
I also consider the Filipino community to be my family. Visminsa and the Calgary Filipino Lions Club have been great to me.
Proudly, I was elected to become the first ever President of the Calgary Regal Leo Club and I now work with a group of silly, but passionate students to make a difference.
I love to volunteer. This is my main passion in life and as cheesy as it sounds, I really want to make a difference. So far, I have partaken in events such as the 30 Hour Famine, Oath of Silence. I am currently working along with CAWST to promote the spread of water safety among ethnic groups. On Fridays I visit a senior’s home through LINKages and am a proud catechist at church on Saturdays. My dream is to build a well in a third world country. One day, I know my efforts will make a difference.
So with this title, I hope to use it in a way to make the biggest, positive change possible. I hope to continue the empowerment of ethnic youth equality and show people the richness of cultural diversity. I will do all that I can in order to help build the bridge between people’s difference and show that in the end, we are all the same.
With this, I hope you all have a wonderful day. Thank you so much for taking your time on reading this post. Stick around to read more about my journey to nationals! Also, don’t forget to check out my Facebook and Twitter on the right hand side! Be safe and have fun.
Ruby Angelica Raguindin