Originally born in an Army base in Germany. I am half Filipino (mother), half American (father). My first language was Tagalog and later English then lost Tagalog unfortunately. I did not grow up as an athlete, healthy eater, or even had any confidence. I began my fitness journey while I was in college and picked up a job as a desk girl at a local gym. At the gym, I learned about nutrition and weight lifting and made it onto a calendar for the restaurant I worked at. I fell in love with how I felt and looked and soon switched majors to become a sports & fitness major at UCF Orlando. After college, I knew I wanted to open a studio and also discovered fitness competitions. After my first competition which was actually figure (there was no bikini division then), I decided to switch fitness goals and my interests led me to the pole dance studio where I absolutely became obsessed. I began to train, became certified then moved up from instructor to manager. Later, I moved to the Jacksonville Beach area from Orlando and opened my pole dance studio. I ran it successfully for 2 years until I gave birth to my first child. We moved and I began my CrossFit journey and later WBFF journey. I hit the stage in 2013 where I won my pro card. WBFF took me out of a postpartum funk and brought me back to life. I loved the goal of the show plus the added glam & diva factor. I was awarded Ambassador status in 2016 and have continued to promote and host workshops in Orlando. In 2020, I came back to the stage, after my 2nd child & during the pandemic won my division in the Virtual Reloaded International show. I competed live on stage in November 2020 and placed 2nd in my class. Now I’m launching my online program and excited for what the future holds.
Progress, not perfection. Discipline over Emotion.
At the moment, I train weights for 5 days, 30 min cardio for 6 days.
I eat mainly lean meats, vegetables, healthy fats, and my main carbohydrate source are sweet potatoes.
I love Vasayo products because of their liposomal delivery. I rotate what I take but always take Core Complete for my vitamin-mineral complex, Neuro for brain support, and CBD One Oil for stress and anxiety control.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I try to stay away from artificial and use Stevia.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Weight loss Fitness and Health go together but I would say a health issue.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
- Fitness level: 35
- Health level : 65
I see so many people in the gym but still have not lost the weight they want. It comes down to quality and breakdown of their nutrition plus proper fitness training. If weight loss is the goal it takes both.
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
I have to give a huge shout-out to my coaches: Nate Harewood of Domin8 has brought me the look I always wanted and has been absolutely amazing. Caroline DeCampos brought me back out of my shell and pushed me to compete after a hiatus and continues to support and inspire me. My amazing husband Alvin Green also is a huge part of my team for the stage. He keeps my body pain-free and in working order with adjustments, cupping, tissue work, and muscle testing among keeping me sane.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love how Staus is so passionate about bodybuilding and competitive athletes. They truly care and support the athletes and industry. That is awesome.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What are your biggest tips for aspiring fitness models in the industry now that it’s 2021?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you about this opportunity?
Wow, thank you for the invite! I’m really excited.
Future fitness goals and plans?
I want to continue to compete and grow my brand to help more women around the world live better and feel sexier!
Your transformation story:
I was a woman who struggled with postpartum both times. I am a recovering sugar addict that had to reprogram myself to make good choices. I have rebuilt myself in many ways, after childbirth I struggled, it was the absolute hardest times in my life and many will never understand but it’s ok because who I am today is who I fought to become. I am proud to be a woman and mom, I now can help more women who are struggling to keep above water every day, who feel they do not exist because they take care of everyone else.
5 things people don’t know about you:
I was born with a cleft palate and had 2 massive surgeries to correct it. I am totally sweet and love desserts; as a kid, my name was Sugar by my family. I absolutely get eaten alive by mosquitoes, nothing turns my mood to Jekyll hyde like those bugs biting me.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
My children, I want them to be confident, strong, free thinkers who aren’t afraid to be who they are and do what they are passionate about.
Who inspires you? And why?
I have lots. My family inspires me. The fact, I have opportunities that I do not take for granted. I am blessed. I treat others with respect, kindness, and smile a lot. I feel the angels with me. God is in me and I shine my light for those that are in the dark.
Express yourself, don’t repress yourself. If not now when?
Photographer: Elton Stevens