GOOD things, they say, come in small packages. The adage couldn't have been talking about Kyla Fajardo, one of the Spirit Dancers this season.
The beautiful, eternally charming stunner gave SPIN.ph a few moments of her time to talk about, among other things, her ongoing stint with the Los Angeles Clippers.
SPIN.ph: How long have you been an L.A. Clippers Spirit Dancer and why did you want to become one?
Kyla: I've been a Clippers Spirit dancer for two years now. I've always been into dancing since middle school through high school and one of my coaches actually used to be a Clipper dancer so she pushed and helped me lot.
SPIN.ph: How hard was it to beat the other aspirants?
Kyla: The process is actually very hard and there's about 200 trying out every year and there's three different phases and the last 20 makes the team.
SPIN.ph: .What's your dancing background?
Kyla: It's always been hip-hop. I did a little bit of ballroom but not as much, mostly watching my parents (laughs).
SPIN.ph: Where are your folks' roots in the Philippines?
Kyla: My parents are both from Malolos, Bulacan but I do have some relatives in Manila.
SPIN.ph: Have you visited and what was that like?
Kyla: I visit whenever I can as a family and it's always good to see relatives and we would always do touristy things whenever we go back.
SPIN.ph: Can you name some of your favorite dishes?
Kyla: I always liked pinakbet, my mom would always make it. But kare-kare, I would say, is my favorite. I also enjoy the bulalo that my dad and uncle would make.
SPIN.ph: What do you do when you're not a Spirit Dancer?
Kyla: I do take classes for school and do things here and there with my mom but usually I'm always busy with just whatever is presented to me. I mean, it is Southern California, there's always things to do (laughs).
SPIN.ph: Besides performing in front of thousands of fans, what's the best part of being a Spirit Dancer?
Kyla: The best part is having the bond with all girls after going through everything just to make it to the team. It makes me happy knowing that I made friendships that will last forever and no matter what, these girls got my back in hard times.
Editor's note: Our thanks to Brandon Ehrlich and Colette Garcia of the Los Angeles Clippers for their help in facilitating this interview.