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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!’”

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