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Fun times at the first-ever Candy Teen Con.
It seems like only yesterday when we heard your shrieks and screams when this year's Candy Cuties came out to greet you at the SMX Convention Center. Has it really been a month since we gave away the blown-up covers of our October ...
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We know it's not easy to make your boyfriend or boy-space-friend smile when they're having a bad day. During moments like this, you just can't help to feel frustrated because you want to make them feel better and forget about what's making ...
We spotted the Candy Girls who brought their A-game at the Candy Teen Con.
This year, we brought our A-game to give you the first-ever Candy Teen Con that's nothing short of fun, exciting, and showstopping. With fun games with the Candy Cuties, amazing performances from our November cover girls Andrea Brillantes and Ylona Garcia, and ...
Remember when you've seen them in the pages of Candy?
The Candy Teen Con 2016 is almost here and we're counting down the days to the biggest teen event in the country! Aside from the awesome workshops you can learn from at the event, what we're also excited about is for you to ...
A.k.a how you can get a VIP pass/mosh pit access!
You probably already know by now that Candy is throwing the biggest gathering of teens on October 29. It's a convention of not only celebrities and Candy Cuties, but also super cool shops by local artists and fashion brands, food stalls, and workshops from your favorite ...
We cannot guarantee that you'll leave the event literally empty-handed!
In case you haven’t heard, Candy is raising the bar of the Candy Fair by making it the biggest teen party of the year, like ever. Now known as the Candy Teen Con, the event is going to be bigger, better, and way more ...
Aside from YOU, of course.
After 10 years of holding the annual Candy Fair, we've decided to change up things this year with the biggest gathering of teens. You definitely need to be at the Candy Teen Con on October 29 at the SMX Convention Center. Apart from very helpful ...
Is it this year's Candy Fair?
We know you might be confused with all the changes we've been making this year. We switched our logo to a brand spankin' new one. The Candy Cuties are surprisingly missing from the September issue. And the most important change that we know ...
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Winning Heart

The journey of how I won people’s hearts by having a winning heart

Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.

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For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.

My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.

As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.

I smiled as I expressed my gratitude towards her. As I walked away, I realized that I accomplished something legendary that night. I was able to showcase that pageants are not only for thin-looking, tall people. I managed to snatch everyone’s attention with this average height and chubby body. That night started with so much uncertainty and insecurity. As I stared at my reflection, I looked exhausted but I was wearing a different smile. A smile of victory and bravery. A smile that defeated the stereotypes and stigma about people like me. That night ended with a realization that maybe winning isn’t always about winning the crown, it’s about winning people’s hearts and having a winning heart.

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