Rogich Middle School students and sisters, Chrysta and Caitlyn Magtibay, might look familiar. That’s because they have been featured on billboards and in ads for the master-planned community of Summerlin. Answering an open casting call at The Gardens Community Center for Summerlin residents in 2011, Armi, the girls’ mother, recounts the fun and excitement for the family of having Caitlyn selected.
“It was so fun seeing Caitlyn in the local newspaper when the campaign launched,” she said. Fast forward to 2016 when a second open casting call went out to Summerlin residents where both girls were selected to be included in the community’s marketing campaign, appearing together having some “sisterly fun” in a swimming pool. “We were elated and thrilled to see both girls larger than life on billboards as we drove around town. The opportunity to participate in the campaigns has just been the icing on the cake because there are so many things our family loves about Summerlin,” said Armi.
“Caitlyn swims with the Las Vegas Swim Club at the Pavilion Pool next to Rogich Middle School, and it’s so close, she can walk there,” said Armi. “The school is almost next door, and we bounce back and forth between The Arbors Tennis & Play Park, The Paseos Park and The Vistas Park. When the girls were little, nothing beat the splashpad on a hot day at The Paseos Park. And community events like the Patriotic Parade and Hometown Holidays have long been family traditions for us. We have marked our girls’ growth with annual photos on Santa’s lap.”
The Magtibay family has twice lived in Summerlin, returning to the community after a stint in Texas as a result of a job change for dad, Arne. “We moved here the first time around in 2006 from Illinois to escape the winter blues and another job opportunity,’ said Armi, of the family’s home in The Paseos village. “We then lived briefly in Texas before returning a second time in 2015, settling in The Vistas where we now call home.”
Armi, who has worked for Nordstrom for 18 years, was able to transfer to the Nordstrom Rack at Downtown Summerlin in 2015. “You can literally say we live, work and play here,” she said. In addition to Nordstrom Rack, of course, the family’s favorite spots at Downtown Summerlin include lululemon, Starbucks inside Macy’s, Earl of Sandwich and Bath & Body Works. Hockey is another passion of the family, who loves to watch the Vegas Golden Knights practice at City National Arena.
Caitlyn, who will attend West Career & Technical Academy this fall as a ninth grader studying digital media, recounts the day when, as a four-year-old, her show & tell at preschool was that she had a “fake family.” She showed the Summerlin ad in which she appeared as the little sister in a family of models – all part of her “fake family.”
Chrysta, who is a cheerleader at Rogich Middle School, joins her sister as a regular volunteer at The Wishing Place, the Summerlin headquarters of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, where they make posters with messages of hope for wish kids.
No doubt the Magtibay girls, along with their parents, are living their best lives in Summerlin.