Ms. CariFin


She comes from a family of six children and she lives in the humble community of Belmont. Although she has a hectic career as Teller Supervisor at First Citizens Bank West Court Branch, Ms. Falomi Marcano loves her profession and apart from that she still makes time for her family, friends and to do what makes her happy. Marcano enjoys reading, music, exercising and travelling. She also has a keen interest for aerobics as she puts it “I absolutely love aerobics and the high I get after an intense workout.”  Due to her hectic career, she trains at least three times a week in the areas of spin to aerobics, running, swimming, aerobics, volleyball, aerobics, aerobics…….aerobics. Perhaps it is her warm spirit, determination and passion for exercising and aerobics that bought her to victory when she was crowned as Miss CariFin 2017 at the CariFin Family and Fun Day which was held on Sunday May 28, 2017at the Sevilla Golf Course.

Falomi understands that success comes with a price- hard work. Her strong spirituality and belief in the Almighty exalts the biblical scripture “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phillipians 4:13. Although very dedicated to her career she believes there should be a balance so always make time for yourself to do what you love to do. Work hard, play hard. In addition she loves what she does so her daily duties and routines never seem tedious. “I tend to try to get my workouts done early if I know my day would be long. I love working out so it never becomes a chore. Each workout is an opportunity to challenge myself and push my body a little more than before.”

As a participant in the CariFin Games for more than five years, she is no stranger to the fun, fitness and friendship.  She enters the Urban Challenge, Cross Country and Aerobics competition every year and she won the Aerobics Burnout Competition at least three times. This was Marcano’s second time entering Miss CariFin and she was able to gain the crown. To her it was a great accomplishment and feeling of elation. Her anxieties and doubts were all put on hold by the encouragement that she got from her friends, work colleagues and family. Falomi is very thankful for the tremendous support given to her throughout the competition by her First Citizens supporters. She was overwhelmed by the amount of supporters that she had by her side that day, shouting, dancing and waving the pantone colours.

Falomi mentally and physically prepared for the Miss CariFin competition in her words…

“The competition challenged me and really brought out a different side of me. I actually told myself to go hard in spite of my own personal fears, and all the last minute hiccups and hurdles that arose that week. On the day of the competition I remember actually trying to keep my focus, I did this by mentally running through my routine and I deliberately did not look at any of the other competitors’ performances until I had actually completed mine. I said a final prayer and then performed”.

The overall experience was an enjoyable and rewarding one for her and she would do it again without hesitation.

Her closing words of advice to all members in the financial services sector were in close keeping to the motto of CariFin- ‘Fun, Fitness, Friendship’.  “Make time for you and have fun doing it. Challenge yourself and it’s always the time that you think you cannot do it is when you can, so never quit.”

Submitted by: Keisha Saunders


RBL’s Christine Villafana is Ms CariFin 2016

The Ms CariFin contestants showed a high level of fitness, endurance, intelligence and aerobics skills, it was a tough call.

An excited section of the crowd greeted the announcement that Ms Republic Bank Christine Villafana had won the Ms CariFin Fitness Pageant 2016. The Ms CariFin Fitness Pageant took place on Sunday 5th June at the Sevilla Golf Course as part of CariFin’s Family Day and Cross Country event, and the lovely delegates did their best to take away the spotlight.

The fitness pageant, which started with a three minute dance routine, had the audience’s attention from IMG_8651the get-go as the dance teams from the various financial institutions displayed their slick and well rehearsed steps.
First Citizens stepped up the ante with a four-person team that had everyone glued to their performance. Villafana and her all-girl RBL also piqued the interest of the spectators with their energetic moves, while three time dance champion Guardian Group ensured that the heat stayed in the competition. First-timer ANSA Financial Services also made their presence felt with a neat routine, while the lone JMMB Group representative Sade Jones gave a good account of herself in an interesting solo performance.
But returning four time champions Central Bank seemed to have on the best dancing shows on the day, as their team delivered a splendid performance which infused a good mix of calisthenics, strength and stylish dance movement. CBTT eventually won the Ms CariFin dance routine by two points, and their delegate Karyn Stewart was pleased with her overall Ms CariFin experience. “Initially, I was hesitant to participate in the Ms. CariFin competition because I am not really the pageant type,” Stewart said. “However I am very glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone to represent Central Bank.  The support I received and the overall camaraderie truly made it an enjoyable experience.”

IMG_9419Fitness level and endurance is a main criteria judged by the Ms CariFin aerobics competition,
and this year’s contestants made the judging task very difficult as they all showed high levels of fitness and aerobics skills. Instructor Neil Diaz of Fitness Center Limited even had to tip his hat to the ladies as they moved in great unison and cohesion to follow his every move.
When Diaz wrapped up his aerobics session, it was on to the challenging Q&A segment. The delegates were asked questions pertaining to health, fitness and lifestyle choices. The audience could be forgiven if they thought a Ms Universe Pageant was in progress as the tension grew among the girls.
After the final question was answered, and the contestants did one last strut before the audience, Villafana was adjudged the overall winner for her poise, charm, confidence and splendid response. Villafana smiled from ear to ear as she received her crown from Curlissa Charles, Ms CariFin 2015.
“The feeling was a mixture of relief, excitement and humility,” reflected the Ms. CariFin winner. “I felt relief because all the girls were wonderful and there was definitely competition, excited because I emerged victorious and it means the beginning of great things ahead, and humble at the same time because I could not have done it without God’s will, the support of my RBL team, friends and relatives,” a beaming Villafana concluded.

A smiling Stewart continued her good day by winning the runner-up prize for Central Bank, while First Citizens’ Trudy Louison copped the second runner-up prize for her institution. Louison shared her experience, “I was asked how has CariFin changed my life and to my surprise and delight the audieIMG_9696nce applauded my answer to be the best. The butterflies in my stomach were fluttering excitedly as the countdown to the top three neared its conclusion,” Louison said. “Finally my name and First Citizens were announced as ‘second runner-up’. My face beamed with a sense of accomplishment as we posed for pictures with the Central Bank Governor Dr Alvin Hilaire.”

Ms CariFin Christine Villafana works at Republic Bank Limited’s High Street branch. Christine’s hobbies are artistry, dancing and going to the gym.  “I was introduced to dance at the age of six at my primary school where my dance instructor discovered my talent for the art.”
She was able to land herself in the EMA’s Youth Ambassador’s Volunteer Program.  There she was responsible for educating the public on various environmental topics through art.  Her completed work was on display at a production and published in the EMA’s yearly calendar.
Christine has also danced for the Best Village and Soca Monarch competitions with Reminiscences Cultural Group and played with Les Enfants in the San Fernando Netball League.

Ms CariFin started in 2004 as part of CariFin’s Cross Country and Family Day. From its inception, the Ms CariFin competition has been the most highly anticipated event of that day. The participants must be able to demonstrate their commitment to health, fitness and to living a more active lifestyle; all while embracing CariFin’s ideals and values of Fun, Fitness & Friendship.




Ms Carifin Fitness 2015

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ms-CariFin2015Written by Keila Fraser

Beauty pageants are about the glitz and the glamour. The contestants must look good, feel good and win the crowd with their stage presence. Ms. Carifin takes it to a whole new level. It wants contestants to not just look good and feel good, it needs them to show us what they are made of.

The participants are judged in these categories:

  1. Dance Routine (3 mins)
  2. Question
  3. Aerobics
  4. Participation

The Ms CariFin competition commences with a formal introduction of each participant. The contestant are required to lead in their team’s three minute dance routine. This is followed by an aerobic workout for which the contestant’s fitness level, endurance and routines are scored. The contestant’s are then scored in the question and  answer segment  where they are scored on poise, charm and confidence. Each participant must have taken part in anyone of the Urban Challenges (One Lap Savannah, Green Mile & Chancellor Challenge).  They are required to participate in one of the Cross Country Events (Fun Walk, Fun Run or Cross Country Run).

Sharda Siewsankar encompassed all of these qualities and was crowned Ms Carifin Fitness 2014. She triumphed over the competition in 2014 and took the crown for JMMB. We caught up with the reigning Ms Carifin Fitness to find out what she thought of her time as the Queen.

She was delighted to have carried the title for the year. She expressed her enjoyment and excitement having won the title of Ms Carifin Fitness 2014. She described it as a dream come through.

Sharda extended an invitation to the young ladies of the financial services sector who live a healthy and active lifestyle. They must be able to subscribe to the Carifin motto of Fun, Fitness and Friendship.

If you think are the whole package then represent your team for this year’s Ms Carifin Fitness Competition. You never know if you could be crowned Ms Carifin Fitness 2015.


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