Little Stars 2013: Screening

Little Stars  is a kiddie model search contest organized and hosted by Sta. Lucia East Mall in Cainta, Rizal. Yearly, they are looking for cute, cheerful, talented, witty and smart little boys and girls between 3 to 6 years of age.

Little Stars 2013 Screening

Little Stars 2013 b

It was my mom who eagerly wanted Keisha to join Little Stars. She was strolling in the mall and looking for 1/2″ overlay cabinet hinges when she saw the 1st batch of screening. Without any hesitation, she inquired with the representative of the Ad & Promo Department stationed during the event and asked for the requirements. Then, she hurriedly went to our place, giddy excited and tried her best to convince me to allow Keisha to join. I didn’t entertain the thought first knowing that my daughter is only 3 years of age. Here are the first few things that crossed my mind:
  • How will Keisha represent herself in front of a huge crowd at the age of 3? I don’t want her to develop stage-fright.
  • She hasn’t been in school so technically her experience is less compared to the pre-schoolers. A 3 year-old girl’s skill is far different from a 5 to 6 years of age.
  • I don’t want to force Keisha doing the things she doesn’t like.
  • I don’t want to inject tiring and time-consuming activities since I don’t want to compromise her play time.
  • To top it all, I hate the nervous feeling when you’re competing in a contest.

But, since she is my mother and her happiness is always important to me, I agreed and convinced my husband as well with the intention of just seeing Keisha perform on-stage. According to my mom, we’ll just let her be screened and watch her performance.

Here are the requirements for the aspiring Little Stars:

  1. filled-out application form
  2. recent 3r close-up and full body photo
  3. photocopy of birth certificate (original copy of the document must be presented for verification)

Little Stars 2013 Screening

During the screening day, we came in early around 10:00 A.M. I submitted her requirements and her CD for the talent presentation, in return, they gave me a number. She’s number 26.

If my memory serves me right, the screening started around 4:00 P.M. Can you imagine how long we waited? Keisha woke up 9:00 A.M. and didn’t manage to sleep in the mall since she was busy playing with other kids.

Little Stars 2013

It was my mom who stayed with Keisha backstage. According to her, before Keisha’s turn, she was already tired and sleepy. Good thing, I went there and looked for her. I’ve seen her chinita eyes lit up when she saw me . Then, in a snap she’s energized again.

Little Stars 2013 Screening

When her name was called, she walked playfully on-stage not entirely knowing why she was there.

Here are Keisha’s first contest screening videos.

Participants were asked to introduce themselves first, then, do a 1-minute talent presentation and answer the judge’s questions.

If you watched the video, you’ll see that Keisha instantly sang “Pearly Shell” right away. Haha! She stopped and introduced herself, danced “Pearly Shell” when the song was played and answered Ms. Kathy’s questions. It’s funny that she was hesitant to answer the questions thrown at her since she didn’t see where the speaker’s voice was coming from. But, then, even with sort of hesitation  and doubt, she answered the questions and sang the famous OPM song “Pusong Bato”.

Little Stars Screening

That was a 3-minute roller-coaster of emotion on my part. I was totally nervous the whole time, I watched Keisha’s performance, took her video, cheered for her and prayed all at the same time. Imagine how hard was that. Haha!

Little Stars Screening 2013

Keisha together with one of the contestants who danced Hawaiian as well.

The screening ended around 7 to 8:00 P.M. and we were all advised to wait for their call to determine if our kids passed the screening and if they are eligible for the second round – The Elimination.

Let me share with you the what I learned from this experience…

  • Do not let opportunities pass because you can never regain it once it’s done.
  • It’s not bad to know and test the capacity of your children. Putting them under pressure and on-stage in front of a huge crowd help them to gain and build their confidence.
  • Never underestimate the ability of your kids. Let them grow believing that they have so much potential within themselves that they can share to others.
  • Support the interests of your kids 100%.

All my apprehensions vanished when I’ve seen Keisha on-stage. She carried herself well and I am so proud of her. Little Stars 2013

In the next few days , I will be sharing the Elimination  and Semi-Finals round of this contest. There you can see how Keisha evolved and matured. Truly, my heart is full of gratitude to Sta. Lucia East Mall for these series of momentous events in my daughter’s life.

Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall
Marcos Highway corner Felix Avenue
Cainta, Rizal 1900

Ad & Promo:
Tel No: 681.5401 to 15 local 109 / 116 / 118
Email: [email protected]


  1. June 3, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    Oh my gosh! that is the cutest thing I have seen in a loooong time! 😀 That’s a proud mommy moment right there! 😀 Kudos to her for being able to do her thing! 🙂 so cute! 😀

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:15 am

      Thank you Ms. Ane! =) It’s indeed a proud mommy moment.

  2. June 3, 2013 / 11:26 pm

    Your daughter is very adorable. It’s really a Mommy proud moment seeing our kids doing what they love and happy with it. Thanks for sharing this 🙂 She surely will reach new places when she grows up as she have a very supportive Mom and family.

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:15 am

      I’m touched with your message Ms. Bless. Thank you so much! We’re really doing our best to support Keisha in all her endeavors.

  3. June 4, 2013 / 1:02 am

    I can only imagine how nervous you were while anticipating if your daughter will make it. She’s adorable and she has confident you know.

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:13 am

      Ms. Jheylo, yes the nervousness I felt was unexplainable. Thank you for your kind words.

  4. June 4, 2013 / 3:28 am

    I think most of the time, it is the parents that’s nervous and the children are relaxed hehehe. She is so cute!

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:12 am

      Ms. Rose, the kids consider the contest as playtime and the parents are the competitive ones.

  5. June 4, 2013 / 4:34 am

    It’s a good thing that you allowed her to join in the contest. Oftentimes we understimate our kids’ capability to do things. As long as we don’t force them it should just be fine :). Your little girl proved to be very talented and confident! Good luck!

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:12 am

      Thank you! Honestly, it was only my mom who wanted her to join. And, it’s true, our kid’s are way better than what we actually think of them.

  6. June 4, 2013 / 5:04 am

    What a cutie! She’s a very talented little girl! she deserves to win!

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:11 am

      Thank you Ms. Joy for the kind words.

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:10 am

      Thank you Ms. Jade. =)

  7. June 4, 2013 / 10:44 am

    oh! the little miss is rally enjoying, and you’re right opportunity like this is worth grabbing.. good luck to Kiesha 🙂

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:10 am

      Thank you sis! =)

  8. June 4, 2013 / 11:21 am

    Keisha is a beautiful girl and always love that name 🙂 I hope that she win the title 🙂 My little K is not into pageant but would love to perform in front of me 🙂 I just wish that she is not shy because I know that aside from the looks, she has the brain too 🙂

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:10 am

      Ms. Jessica, yes, you’re daughter is so pretty. I’m sure in time she’ll overcome the shyness that she feels.

  9. June 4, 2013 / 11:34 am

    congratulations to your baby girl! she looks confident in the contest moments. 🙂 ang galing pa mag poise! 🙂

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:09 am

      Thank you for the kind words Ms. Arlene. =)

  10. June 4, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    your little princess is a real jem, i wish my daughter is as confident as she.

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      June 5, 2013 / 3:09 am

      Thank you Ms. Melandria! =) For sure, your daughter will grow as confident as Keisha.

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