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Confidence: The Camille Way

USC’s reigning Miss Intramurals on her humble beginnings, insecurities and how she deals with them (Surprise, surprise! Even the most confident people have insecurities too), self-esteem tips, and her Miss Intramurals experience.

USC’s reigning Miss Intramurals on her humble beginnings, insecurities and how she deals with them (Surprise, surprise! Even the most confident people have insecurities too), self-esteem tips, and her Miss Intramurals experience.

Photo by: Roen Mariano
Photo by: Roen Mariano

It’s that time of the year again! It’s a brand new school year, and memories are just waiting to be made. But before we go on with a new academic year filled with notes, slides, coffee, and sleepless nights, let us look back and learn from last year’s Miss Intramurals Camille Canlas about confidence, and know how her experience on pageantry, most especially on Mr. & Ms. Intramurals has created the woman she is now – confident, brave, wise, and beautiful in every sense of the word.

Like any normal teen, Camille has struggled with self-esteem. “I wasn’t confident on my first ever pageant. I was the youngest, and I had no experience especially when it comes to Q&A”, she shared. “I was so nervous that I was able to pause for a minute before I ended my answer.” She was only 14 then, and it was the Mr. & Ms. Teen USC 2014. She has also battled her insecurities, and when asked how she overcame them, she said “I always tell myself to keep in mind that we are all unique and to not care about what others say. After all, we are defined by how we see ourselves, not how others see us.”


On Miss Intramurals 2016

Camille was the youngest among the candidates of last year’s Miss Intramurals in the University of San Carlos. However, she still managed to win the title. “I think I was chosen as Miss Intramurals 2016 because I was confident all throughout and I never took off my smile”, said Camille. “Although I was being booed by other colleges, all I chose to hear were the cheer of my fellow Senior High School students.”

The experience wasn’t an easy one for her and for all the senior high school students; instead of being warmly welcomed, they received chants like “highschool pamo!” all throughout the competition. However, they rose above it and through Camille’s win, they proved that although they are practically still high schoolers, the chances of them winning are just as high as other colleges.

I think I was chosen as Miss Intramurals 2016 because I was confident all throughout and I never took off my smile

“For me, it was not that rude to hear them say “high school pamo!”, because in fact, it is true. It just didn’t affect me because for me, it was a challenge for me to do better. After all, maturity is not defined by age, but by one’s attitude in dealing situations”, said Camille when asked how she felt about the backlashes that echoed within the USC gym. Learn from Camille; take criticisms as inspiration.

It’s All in the Mind


Photo by: Roen Mariano
Photo by: Roen Mariano

Achieving confidence entails constant work. The trick is to always step forward more than you’re stepping back. Here are tips from Camille on how to instantly boost one’s self-esteem (pretty useful during first day introductions and class recitations):

  1. Smile. “As we smile, we show the world that we are confident”, says Camille. You know what they say, fake it ‘til you make it. According to Grinnell (2016), our facial expressions have an effect on our experiences. This is called the facial feedback hypothesis. Facing a lot of people can truly be an uneasy feeling, may it be in pageants or in class recitations, but try to battle it with a smile. You’ll feel more confident.
  2. Battle your insecurities. According to Camille, “Let’s not cloud our minds with ideas that would only bring us down. Instead, focus and believe that we can.” Insecurities can be really hard to battle, especially on our darkest days. But it is important that each of us create a self-care routine. Some people get a hobby they could try to get better at. Others direct their energies towards creating something. Focus on the good, make it great, and the bad won’t seem so bad anymore.
  3. Live in the moment. “Enjoy and never entertain negative thoughts. What we think affects our outer aura.” Whatever it is we’re in, the most important thing is to enjoy it. In retrospect, it’s nice to remember that it felt exciting to be in that moment.

Just this March, Camille landed 2nd runner up in the nationwide pageant Gandang Filipina. Now, she had just recently signed a contract with GMA Network Artist Center. If there’s anything Camille talked about that stuck, it’s what she said about opportunities. “I don’t have a routine in staying confident, but I do grab every opportunity available to boost my self-confidence”, she said. “It may be tiring to join events and pageants, but in the end, we are the ones who would benefit from all these. So grab it!”

A new school year is upon us, Carolinians! To those who are still struggling in terms of confidence, remember: smile, battle your insecurities, and live in the moment. Trust Camille; she’s the embodiment of confidence.

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