Chinoy Personalities on Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017

By Queencee Colleen Quitalig 31 May, 2017
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We bet you've heard it enough from us―Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 really is going to be much bigger and, dare we say, better than its previous versions. With its wider range, going beyond the borders of Metro Manila and reaching as far as Baguio, Dagupan, Cebu, and Davao, there will surely be so much more on the table, not only in terms of the concept it will tackle, but also the characters and stories of the candidates who will grace the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown stage. Apart from that, this year's theme, New Dynasty, also carries a promise of bringing something that our audience has never quite witnessed before, capturing the dawning of a new generation of Chinoys who take pride in their tradition and, at the same time, ready to take on their role in the modern age.

With this incredible vision, we made sure to ask Chinoy personalities, those who are considered the face of this new generation, about their take. And here's what they said. Also watch out for the sneak peek of Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 from the Pageant Directress herself!


GRETCHEN HO - Celebrity Host, Athlete

                                                                             

What is the best thing about Mr. and Ms. Chinatown?

The best thing about Mr. and Ms. Chinatown is that it’s a very special night where we can showcase the beauty of Chinoys and Chinays―all in one event. It’s a very good way also to promote Chinese-Filipino culture. And I think it’s the perfect way to enhance the relationship of Chinese and Filipinos here in the country. I love going and I love hosting the pageant because it’s so much fun! And, I think, it shows a different side to Chinese-Filipinos. When we’re conceived as very conservative, here we see creativity, we see beauty, we see the artistry of Chinese-Filipinos. It’s always also a very grand celebration where we appreciate Chinese-Filipino culture and it brings together the whole community. So, you can feel that we are here together as one.

 

JANEENA CHAN - Blogger, TV/Events Host

                                                                                            

As one of the Chinoy influencers from the young generation, why do you think is it important for the Chinese-Filipino community to have its own cultural ambassadors?

The Chinoy culture has a true unique identity of its own. How it has grown and evolved through the years to what it is today is highly credited to how our Chinoy leaders and 'ambassadors' in the past have done such a great job. To have more identified cultural ambassadors from our generation is merely us carrying over the torch, the best way we can... and one grand way of doing so is through participating and engaging in the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown pageant. 

What do you think is the best/greatest thing about Mr. and Ms. Chinatown?

It's a great platform to showcase how we are now as the new Chinoy generation. The competition's screening and training process also ensures that the ambassadors are holistic. As one of the hosts in last year's competition, I witnessed first-hand how talented, capable, and admirable our Chinoy generation has become, and I look forward to seeing how this year's pageant contenders will bring their A-game!

 

LOUIE NGO - Mr. Chinatown 2016

                                                                                             

What is the best thing about being Mr. Chinatown? Tell us more about the best experiences during your term.

Being Mr. Chinatown has opened different doors for me to explore not only in terms of career opportunities but also discovering more about myself. In this journey, I was able to try out modelling, acting, hosting and exploring the entertainment industry as a whole which I have never imagined myself of doing coming from a conservative Chinese family. Through this, I was able to discover my knack for hosting and is something I want to pursue for the long run. The best part of this journey, however, was having my advocacy project Lit Up: Financial Literacy Month. From advocacy to reality, this project, through my Chinito Speaks platform, has allowed me to interact with different Chinese-F ilipino students and shared with them my knowledge on financial literacy. Truly, becoming Mr. Chinatown was truly a life changing experience in so many ways. This year, another life will be changed and this could be you.

 

HANNAH DY - Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Pageant Directress

                                                                                           

 

What excites you the most about Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017?

What excites me most about Mr. and Ms. Chinatown is getting to witness unique individuals, with different backgrounds and walks of life, grow into a more confident and mature version of themselves, as they go through their whole pageant journey. It is both an honor and privilege to have been given this opportunity to build up and express the Chinese-Filipino culture in a creative way through pageantry, enabling us to discover and explore an untouched side of our culture. As pageant director, I am indeed very excited about each and every aspect of this event. This includes all activities and events leading to the Grand Coronation Night! Our very first screening will be held this June 17, 2017 at the Golden Phoenix Hotel with about a hundred, yes 100, possible candidates attending!

This year, we're also going beyond the boundaries of Metro Manila and opening our doors to different parts of the Philippines, specifically: Dagupan, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao. What's new is that we'll actually be conducting a Mr. and Ms. Chinatown-Davao for the very first time! We're truly going for a bigger and bolder version this year, making it more modern and unique. We'll also be introducing the very first Chinatown Fashion Ball, a charity ball. Last but not the least, we will be holding our Grand Coronation Night at The Theatre at Solaire on September 1, 2017, which will be broadcasted nationwide on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best on September 10, 2017. We're really aiming for a bolder, new approach with this year's pageant, in line with the budding new generation and evolving culture of Chinoys. We are broadening our reach and upscaling the whole event! And, of course, we're also very blessed to have esteemed and established individuals such as our Creative Director, Paolo Valenciano, to support us in achieving our goal.

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    My father always told me to be prudent and frugal. Save for a rainy day. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Typical sayings that you would expect from a Chinese family. The Chinese culture is really looking into extending through generations, making sure wealth is passed on to generation, and that the business actually excels from generation to generation. So, it’s my job to make sure that we continue doing this until my son handles the business, and making sure that we leave a legacy. 

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