Being a Fiipino-canadian and growing up in Canada and the United States, Misa is proud of her roots, but says that the mixed heritage is not the only thing that defines her.
“The culture in Canada is different from the US. Also, I was raised by my Mom and she’s Filipino. It’s super different, you know—you have different values, and you learn from them. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the influences I got from these different cultures. I think I’ve lived in around three different countries now. It’s amazing. When you learn about other cultures you make your own culture.”
Every trip to the Philippines is a homecoming experience for Misa, and one she would happily extend if given the chance. “If I had to stay in Asia for a long period of time, I’d want it to be in the Philippines. I love lumpia, and all kinds of Filipino food. Food always makes me happy! I also like going home and visiting family in Pampanga, seeing the house my mom grew up in. And it’s really nice that everyone in my family and all my friends here make an effort to try and come see me.”
Speaking of her family, they are among her most loyal and ardent fans, although she finds it weird when her parents are super supportive of her job, even when she has to do sexy shoots. “They’re actually way [too] supportive that it makes me uncomfortable sometimes, ha ha! Like, my mom or my dad will see my pictures and they’ll be like, “Oh, you look sexy!” and I’m, like, ‘uhm, please stop looking, ha ha!’”