Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Candidates

By Michelle Tan 08 August, 2017

Chinoy TV, Miss Chinatown Foundation, and Oriental Group present Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 in cooperation with co-presenters Solaire Resort and Casino and Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. The pageant officially presented thirty talented hopefuls for this year’s Mr. and Ms. Chinatown pageant at Solaire Eclipse Bar last August 8, 2017.

Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017: New Dynasty

More than finding ambassadors, who possess the Chinoy brand of beauty and excellence, the pageant aims to strengthen the fusion of the Filipino and Chinese culture, as well as the modern and traditional times. More importantly, the pride in the Chinoy heritage. Now on its fourth year, the pageant is once again looking for the next batch of ambassadors, who embody the unified culture of Chinoys.

What sets this year’s pageant apart is the focus on each candidate’s unique #NewDynasty story and advocacy. Apart from that, this year’s search has reached wider grounds as there are six representatives from both Cebu and Davao.  Visit Mr. and Ms. Chinatown’s Facebook page to read more about their stories.

This year’s theme, New Dynasty, aims to focus on Chinoy millennials, who are young, innovative and ready to conquer the world. They pursue their passion while perfectly embodying both Filipino and Chinese values. The #NewDynasty of Chinoys are eager to strive and find their place in the current society more than just by taking over their family business or winning competitions. More than a pageant, it is a movement, which aims to highlight and appreciate the diversity of modern Chinoys. Chinoys who are open, creative, not afraid to try new things, but are all bonded by one thing – their Chinoy roots.

Press Presentation

The event started with the candidates’ opening act wearing Rosenthal Tee’s modern rendition of the traditional cheongsam. Candidates were asked to introduce themselves in both Mandarin and English. After which, any member from the audience can test their wits through the question and answer portion.


The event was hosted by Valerie Tan and Willord Chua and was also graced by reigning Mr. Chinatown 2016, Louie Ngo, who provided his personal tips and words of encouragement to the thirty candidates.

After the successful event and question and answer portion, two candidates were awarded as Darling of the Press 2017. Candidate #15, Joy Tan Wu and Candidate #5, Jacob Munez, both won the hearts of the press as they answered each question.


Pageant Pocket Events

Aside from the coronation night, which is scheduled on September 1 at The Theatre, Solaire, the candidates will be having mini events, which are set to showcase their talent, creativity, and wit. Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 will have its Cultural Costume Competition on August 13 at Eastwood Central Plaza to showcase both modern and traditional Chinese-Filipino outfits; the first-ever Chinatown Ball on August 16 at Solaire Ballroom to model the breathtaking designs of Chinoy designers; and a Talent Competition on August 20 at The Lucky Chinatown Mall to share their personal skills and talents.

Photo by Larry Uy Leong

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