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Four young Winnipeggers to compete in Canada Galaxy Pageants

     Katrina Czarina Salazar
Katrina Czarina Salazar
  Myrielle Aco
Myrielle Aco
  Janiyah Estrella
Janiyah Estrella
  Lesceia Fajardo
Lesceia Fajardo

Four young Winnipeggers are vying for various crowns in the Annual Canada Galaxy Pageants taking place from October 12 to 15 in Toronto. The pageant night will be held at the Meridian Art Centre, Lyric Theatre. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Canada Galaxy Pageants under the National Directorship of Sindy Withans.

Canada Galaxy Pageants aims to empower girls and women to be the best versions of themselves. The pageant programs are open to girls and women aged 6 and upwards. There are no restrictions on age, size, height, marital status, or motherhood.

Seven winners of the Canada Galaxy Pageants will travel to represent Canada and compete in the Galaxy International Pageant in August 2024.

The divisions are Little Miss Galaxy Canada (6-8 years old), Miss Pre-Teen Galaxy Canada (9-11 years old), Junior Miss Galaxy Canada (12-14 years old), Miss Teen Galaxy Canada (15-18 years old), Miss Galaxy Canada (19-27 years old), Ms Galaxy Canada (ages: 28 +), and Mrs Galaxy Canada (ages: 19+ and legally married).

Four young Filipino Canadians from Winnipeg are competing.

Katrina Czarina Salazar - Miss Teen Galaxy Winnipeg

Katrina Czarina, 17, started her pageant career in 2016 when she was crowned as the first Second Princess of the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival Queen Bulilit 2016. In 2019, she won the title of Canada Galaxy Pageants’ first Junior Miss Galaxy 2019 and finished as one of the Top 8 semi-finalists in the Galaxy International Pageants 2019 held in Orlando, Florida. This year, she returns to Canada Galaxy, representing Winnipeg in the teen division.

Katrina is entering her final year in high school. She hopes to enhance her passion for neuroscience and psychology, two fields Katrina is looking to take after graduation. In her early years, Katrina received various academic and non-academic awards such as scholarships from the Winnipeg Foundation, CanU Leadership Awards, and notably, she was one of the youngest recipients of an MLA Member Statement presented by MLA Bernadette Smith of Point Douglas at the Manitoba Legislature in 2019.

Myrielle Aco - Miss Pre-Teen Galaxy Winnipeg

Myrielle was born in Winnipeg and raised by her Filipino parents who immigrated in 2010. She is the youngest among three and even with a big age gap, she is very close to her two older sisters (21 and 24 years old). Myrielle is trained in dance, vocals, piano and drums. She’s an outgoing person who loves drawing, playing with her dog Teddy and volunteering at Winnipeg Harvest. Myrielle wants to help prevent kidney disease by supporting the Kidney March. She is excited to be a part of her second Miss Pre-Teen Galaxy pageant!

She won Best in Talent at the Queen Bulilit 2022 and was the Second Princess Bulilit 2022. Myrielle won the All Canadian Pageant in Regina, Saskatchewan and Calgary. She won the Jr. Pageant Couture and Audience Choice Awards at the Miss Pre-Teen Canada Galaxy Pageant 2022.

Janiyah Estrella - Miss Pre-Teen Galaxy Gimli

Janiya is an exceptionally talented eight-year-old Filipino prodigy. She triumphed in the esteemed 2023 Queen Bulilit pageant. Currently, she proudly represents Miss Pre-teen Galaxy of Gimli, showcasing her immense talent.

Janiya has a vibrant personality that matches her colourful hobbies. Dancing, singing, drawing, painting, and creating crafts fill her days with endless joy and creativity. Joining the pageant was a decision driven by her desire to inspire other children her age. With the passion she has for performing arts, Janiyah hopes to showcase her talent and encourage young individuals to pursue their own passions. She believes that by sharing her journey, she can inspire the youth to embrace their uniqueness and discover the joy that comes from pursuing their dreams.

Lesceia Fajardo - Little Miss Galaxy Winnipeg

Ceia is a talented and inspiring seven-year-old Filipino Canadian with a positive outlook on life. She attributes her opportunistic outlook to her upbringing, immersed in the arts, sports and pageantry. Lesceia is a powerhouse of talent and determination. She won Queen Bulilit First Princess 2022 in the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival. She firmly believes that showcasing her talent will help young girls to feel inspired to conquer their goals by owning who they are. True to her school awards, she’s the epitome of love for her community, because behind her golden dreams of glitz and glamour lies a heart that seeks to help and reach out for other hands. She will be competing in this year’s Little Miss Galaxy representing Winnipeg in Toronto this month.

These young candidates will do their best to bring home the crowns and represent our community in the upcoming Galaxy International Pageants in 2024. The areas of competition they are vying are Photogenic, the Interview, Fashion Wear, Evening Gown, and Appearances.

Support the four young Winnipeggers in the Canada Galaxy Pageants 2023.