Riza Santos’ mission is to inspire and empower people of all ages and from all walks of life to achieve their dreams and realize their full potential. She strives to serve as an example for young women especially, to be influencers and leaders in all career fields while exemplifying compassion and servitude.
Riza is an artist with a rich and unique background. Her combination of studying engineering, serving in the Canadian armed forces, succeeding as an international actress and talent, and volunteering in the community embody her life’s mission.
She was born in a rural Alberta town with a population of five thousand people. As a teenager, she spent two years enrolled in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve with 15 Field Ambulance and completed her Basic Military Qualification and Soldier Qualification.
Riza has excelled in a number of areas. She studied Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering. She has been awarded numerous scholarships, such as the Chinese Entrepreneurs Society of Canada Scholarship, the University of Calgary’s Science Excellence Award as well as the competitive and prestigious Byron J. Seaman scholarship for two years in a row. However, she decided to pursue her dream and passion in music and media.
Riza has explored multiple paths to realize her dreams. Her various interests, such as promoting environmental awareness and sustainability, led her to work in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency [CIDA] and the Philippine Tourism Authority as an Ambassador of Goodwill.
While residing in the Philippines, Riza also became a popular actress for the ABS-CBN television network. She is most recognizable for her roles in many Philippine television shows and movies. Her leading lady role in the movie “Dobol Trobol” gave her the opportunity to work with legendary Philippine actors. Dobol Trobol was a blockbuster hit at the Philippine box-office.
In addition, Riza was the official television host of the Asian Poker Tour, with tournaments in Manila and Macau, airing on the CS 9-Sports Channel and Solar Sports. She has graced magazine covers such as Gadgets, Action & Fitness, Total Woman, Women’s Journal, Speed, and MOD to name a few. She has also been an endorsement model for numerous campaigns across Canada and the Philippines.
Riza is the only Canadian in history to have successfully competed for and won all three national Canadian beauty pageant titles. In 2006 she won Miss Earth Canada in Montreal, QC. In 2011 she won Miss World Canada in Vancouver, BC. In 2013 she won Miss Universe Canada in Toronto, ON. Having officially retired from the Pageant world, and after exploring various outlets for her variety of interests, she has decided to focus completely on her passion for music. Riza desires to make a positive contribution with material of substance, artistic value, and that touches the human soul.