Chinoy TV 2018: #diverCHIty

By Michelle Tan 28 December, 2017
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#diverCHIty

/dəˈvərCHēdē,dīˈvərCHēdē/

Taken from the word “diversity”, means an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities. Today, there are a lot of talks and movement revolving around diversity, and we want to share our own version of diversity – #diverCHIty or in its expanded form:

D – Different

I – Individuals 

V – Valuing

E - Each Other

R – Regardless of

C – Culture

H – Heart

– Intellect

T – Traditions

Y - Youthfulness 

Chinoys grew up in a totally different setting of having to assimilate both cultures and successfully merging it to what they have right now.  Throughout the years, numerous stereotypes have been formed around these Chinoys. People always assume that they are good in math as evidenced by countless of math Olympiads who are Chinoys. If not, people think they are all rich businessmen basing it from Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, George Ty and John Gokongwei. However, things have already been changing.

These Chinoys are already moving out of stereotypes. They are more than just math Olympiads, tycoons, hardware owners, or businessmen. These Chinoys are also exemplifying their #diverCHIty across different fields such as modeling, media, arts, fashion, and sports.

Today, the Chinese community is comprised of several groups from different sectors – students in all levels, teachers, alumni groups, established businessmen, young entrepreneurs, firefighters, fashion designers, celebrities, models, and even in LGBT community. While each one is united by their Chinoy roots, they still possess the concept of #diverCHIty within them. Every person is special, as seen in their #diverCHIty, but also at the same time ordinary in their #individualiCHI.

They challenge others to see the “extra” in the ordinary lives of Chinoys. Chinoys are not just movers or doers. They are well-informed and quick to action. They are no longer bounded by the stereotypes, but rather, they rise above the status quo. More than businessmen and billionaires, there are stories of ordinary Chinoys that have yet to unfold. A story that is not only inspiring but is deeply anchored to its Filipino and Chinese roots. A story that will make you see them differently and more clearly.

That is why Chinoy TV’s main campaign for 2018 is to promote #diverCHIty. We believe that every Chinoy has an ordinary life with an extraordinary story to tell. Ordinary or not, Chinoys can definitely say they have a diverse culture to share. We wanted to tell the #diverCHIty stories of each Chinoys across all our platforms as we slowly transition from TV to a multiplatform media agency serving the Chinese-Filipino community.

We aim to create a movement that would gather all Chinoys starting with the CNY #diverCHIty Run this coming February 17 at SM by the BAY. We will then continue exemplifying #diverCHIty in Culture through our CNY campaigns; #diverCHIty in Business and Innovation through our Taipan Summit; #diverCHIty in Beauty and Artsthrough Mr. & Ms. Chinatown; and lastly #diverCHIty in Community and Talent through the Chinatown Ball and Chinoyvolution.

New Year. New Beginnings, but with the same goal – to bridge the Chinese and Filipino communities even further by being a multiplatform tool of mutually informative topics that uphold their rich cultures, talents and achievements while providing a collaborative preview of their busy, everyday lifestyle all through #diverCHIty.

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  • #diverCHIty

    #diverCHIty

    /dəˈvərCHēdē,dīˈvərCHēdē/

    Taken from the word “diversity”, means an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities. Today, there are a lot of talks and movement revolving around diversity, and we want to share our own version of diversity – #diverCHIty or in its expanded form:

    D – Different

    I – Individuals 

    V – Valuing

    E - Each Other

    R – Regardless of

    C – Culture

    H – Heart

    – Intellect

    T – Traditions

    Y - Youthfulness 

    Chinoys grew up in a totally different setting of having to assimilate both cultures and successfully merging it to what they have right now.  Throughout the years, numerous stereotypes have been formed around these Chinoys. People always assume that they are good in math as evidenced by countless of math Olympiads who are Chinoys. If not, people think they are all rich businessmen basing it from Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, George Ty and John Gokongwei. However, things have already been changing.

    These Chinoys are already moving out of stereotypes. They are more than just math Olympiads, tycoons, hardware owners, or businessmen. These Chinoys are also exemplifying their #diverCHIty across different fields such as modeling, media, arts, fashion, and sports.

    Today, the Chinese community is comprised of several groups from different sectors – students in all levels, teachers, alumni groups, established businessmen, young entrepreneurs, firefighters, fashion designers, celebrities, models, and even in LGBT community. While each one is united by their Chinoy roots, they still possess the concept of #diverCHIty within them. Every person is special, as seen in their #diverCHIty, but also at the same time ordinary in their #individualiCHI.

    They challenge others to see the “extra” in the ordinary lives of Chinoys. Chinoys are not just movers or doers. They are well-informed and quick to action. They are no longer bounded by the stereotypes, but rather, they rise above the status quo. More than businessmen and billionaires, there are stories of ordinary Chinoys that have yet to unfold. A story that is not only inspiring but is deeply anchored to its Filipino and Chinese roots. A story that will make you see them differently and more clearly.

    That is why Chinoy TV’s main campaign for 2018 is to promote #diverCHIty. We believe that every Chinoy has an ordinary life with an extraordinary story to tell. Ordinary or not, Chinoys can definitely say they have a diverse culture to share. We wanted to tell the #diverCHIty stories of each Chinoys across all our platforms as we slowly transition from TV to a multiplatform media agency serving the Chinese-Filipino community.

    We aim to create a movement that would gather all Chinoys starting with the CNY #diverCHIty Run this coming February 17 at SM by the BAY. We will then continue exemplifying #diverCHIty in Culture through our CNY campaigns; #diverCHIty in Business and Innovation through our Taipan Summit; #diverCHIty in Beauty and Artsthrough Mr. & Ms. Chinatown; and lastly #diverCHIty in Community and Talent through the Chinatown Ball and Chinoyvolution.

    New Year. New Beginnings, but with the same goal – to bridge the Chinese and Filipino communities even further by being a multiplatform tool of mutually informative topics that uphold their rich cultures, talents and achievements while providing a collaborative preview of their busy, everyday lifestyle all through #diverCHIty.

  • Mr. & Ms. Chinatown Pageant Voting: How to Vote and Use the Chinoy TV App

     After months of preparation, we are one week away from crowning the next pair of Chinoy ambassadors during the coronation night this coming September 1 at The Theatre, Solaire. Indeed, the pageant has lived up to its theme, #NewDynasty, as it continuously surpassed what it has accomplished in the past years. 

    This year, the pageant has received a lot of support that has allowed for it to grow and accomplish bigger things. The organizing team introduced the first voting application, which you can download right to your android smartphones starting August 25. By having this app, you can vote for your favorite candidate, male and female, using a reloadable virtual or physical card to help them get a coveted spot in the Top 12 during the coronation night. For the first time in the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown history, 6 males and 6 females will make it to the final round at the coronation. Two candidates will quality for the top 12 by garnering the most number of votes until the cutoff on August 31, 11:59pm.

    To make this possible, the pageant will launch the Chinoy TV app, where the supporters can register for an account, load up their cards, and vote for their chosen candidate.  For more information on how to accomplish these steps, follow our instruction below. 

    Download the Chinoy TV App (Link will be available August 25)

    Before you can start loading your virtual card and voting for your candidate, you must create an account by clicking “Register an Account” and fill-out the necessary fields.

     

    How to Load Your Virtual Card

    From the Main Menu, choose “View My Card” to view your virtual card details.

    Visit any of the following branch below and deposit the amount of your choice using the account numbers provided.

    Bank

    Account Name

    Account Type

    Account Number

    Metrobank

    OmniPay, Inc.

    Savings

    310-3-31050987-7

    Chinabank

    OmniPay, Inc.

    Checking

    3030199315

    Asia United Bank

    OmniPay, Inc.

    Checking

    077-01-000019-8

    Eastwest Bank

    OmniPay, Inc.

    Checking

    2000-1313-2193

    PNB

    OmniPay, Inc.

    Checking

    1111-700-17098

     *Some of these banks are open during the weekends.

    Scan the deposit slip and include the following information:

    1. User ID
    2. Card number (found on virtual card issued)
    3. Mobile number
    4. Requested load amount

     

    Send the scanned copy of the deposit slip along with your other details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    *Kindly note that the crediting will be done in two batches. All deposits from 9am to 12nn will be credit by 1-3pm, while deposits from 12nn-4pm will be credit by 5-7pm.

     

    How to Vote for Mr. and Ms. Chinatown

     

    Select your favorite candidate and click the VOTE button under the profile to proceed.

    Select your preferred vote package and confirm. Remember to check your card balance before you vote.

    From the Main Menu, choose “Mr. and Ms. Chinatown”

    Once successful, check your vote history to confirm.

    Should you decide to get a physical OmniPay Prepaid Card, you can proceed to the main office of Fil-Chi Media Productions Inc. (Chinoy TV) located at Unit 1124 Tytana Plaza, Binondo Manila and bring the following:

    1. Two copies of valid ID

    2. One-time payment of Php100.00

    You will have to activate your OmniPay card first before you can proceed with your transactions. The card will automatically be activated upon initial loading of the card If you are issued with a virtual card, you may also load via ECPay. Just remember to provide the following information:

    1. Expiry Date (MM/YY)

    2. CVV (3-digit number)

    3. 16-digit Card Number

    4. Mobile Number

    You can load up your card in any ECPay merchant. You can download all the files HERE  for more information about the App's terms and conditions, FAQs list of Bancnet ATMs, and list of ECPay merchants.

    The amount you can withdraw or purchase depends on your card balance. However, there are certain transaction limits imposed by the Acquiring bank and this should be considered.

    What are you waiting for? Download the app as soon as it Is released and vote for your candidate! Every vote counts.

  • Mr. & Ms. Chinatown 2017: Cultural Costume Competition

    As the pageant nears the scheduled coronation night this coming September 1, the candidates are also getting busier preparing for the mini pocket events, such as the Cultural Costume Competition. The competition was held last Sunday, August 13, at Eastwood Mall, Quezon City. All thirty candidates paraded their elaborate and artistic ensembles, that represent the merging of both Chinese and Filipino cultures, and their interpretation of the New Dynasty.

    The event was hosted by beauty and lifestyle vlogger and TV host, Valeria Tan. Each candidate was given their chance to walk down the runway and project their chosen cultural costume in front of the audience and judges. The judges were comprised of fashion designer, Yuri Dela Luna; personality coach, motivational speaker, actor and director, Manu Respall; administrative manager of Oriental Group, Ron Lim; veteran host and writer in the Filipino-Chinese Theatrical Stage Works, Anthony Tiu; and President and CEO of Richwell Trading Corporation, Myrna Yao.

    Each candidate was judged based on their costume (40%), stage presence (30%), adherence to the Chinese-Filipino culture (20%), and audience impact (10%). Among the thirty candidates, six shall emerge as winners, three for the male category and another three for the female category.

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    Candidate #3: Justin De Jesus

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    Candidate #2: Jonathan Lim

    Few creatures rival the dragon in ferocity, mystery, and scope of fascination than the dragon. Which is why couturier Arnu Camay and costumer Aldo Loquinario have tapped into its power to create Jonathan’s stunning mythological warlord's armor. The costume represents a warrior of intense determination that is as fierce as a dragon, who will fight against intolerance, stereotypes and apathy in the new dynasty.

    The top 3 candidates for the female category are the following: 

    Candidate #11: Conikka Lagamayo

    Designed by Frankie De Leon, Conikka’s costume picks out all the good elements of the Chinese art of painting, with cutouts inspired by a goldfish, a popular motif in the Chinese culture that represents wealth and prosperity. The red color represents happiness and good fortune. Her overall costume was completed with the native Filipino fan, abaniko, as its headpiece.

    Candidate #12: Kency Ongkeco

    Designed by Amir Sali, Kency’s gown represents a shy girl at a glance, but as you get closer to the details, it reveals the transformation from a shy girl to a peacock, which symbolizes the eyes of the stars. The bright colors represent a bright personality, and depending on the light reflection, the gown can transform into an array of different colors.

    Candidate #3: Jillian Chua

    Designed by Edwin Uy, the gold costume symbolizes both the Maranao tribe and Chinese royalty. It also has a touch of red, which symbolizes happiness just like in big Chinese celebrations.

    Aside from this Cultural Costume Competition, the candidate are scheduled to showcase their talents this coming Sunday, August 20, at the Lucky Chinatown Mall. Follow @mrmschinatownph for more updates!

    The event would not be possible without the following:

    Presenters : ChinoyTV, MCF and Oriental Group
    Co-Presenter: Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., and Oishi

    Official Venue Partner: Eastwood Mall

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    Photos by RV Mitra and Larry Leong

  • #NewDynasty of Chinoys

    Dynasty.

    dy·nas·ty \ˈdī-nə-stē

    Whenever we hear the word “dynasty”, we can’t help but tie it with China’s long list of emperors or even with Chinese in general. While we don’t really treat Chinoy families in the Philippines as dynasties, we can’t deny the fact that Chinoys do make up a certain percentage of the Philippine population. Some, such as the taipans and government officials, are even famous enough to shape this country’s economy.

    The word Chinoy itself shows the mixture of both the Chinese and Filipino culture. They grew up in a totally different setting of having to assimilate both cultures and successfully merging it to what they have right now. Most, if not all, have likely learned several languages growing up – Fookien, Mandarin, English and Filipino. They learn Fookien with their parents and Mandarin, English and Filipino from their schools.  Throughout the years, numerous stereotypes have been formed around these Chinoys. People always assume that they are good in math as evidenced by countless of math Olympiads who are Chinoys. If not, people think they are all rich businessmen basing it from Lucio Tan, Henry Sy, George Ty and John Gokongwei. However, things have already been changing.

    These Chinoys are already moving out of stereotypes. They are more than just math Olympiads, tycoons, hardware owners, or businessmen. This new dynasty of Chinoys are also venturing to modeling, media, arts, fashion, and sports. You have the likes of Janeena Chan (TV and Events Host), Valerie Chua (Painter), Christina Dy (Dancer), Rosenthal Tee (Fashion Designer), Chris Tiu (Basketball Player), Gretchen Ho (Former Athlete and TV Host), and of course, Nicole Cordoves, Ms Chinatown 2014 and 1st runner up of Miss Grand International 2016.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we present you the #NewDynasty of Chinoys.

    These Chinoy millennials 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. They have remarkable stories and goals that are definitely worth looking into.

    That is why the theme of this year’s Mr. and Ms. Chinatown pageant will focus on #NewDynasty. Every year, the pageant is looking for Chinoy ambassadors, who embody the qualities that personify the Chinoy culture and who possess the Chinoy brand of beauty and excellence. More than finding ambassadors, the pageant aims to strengthen the fusion of the Filipino and Chinese Culture, as well as that of the modern and traditional times. It aims to be fresh and inclusive. 

    More than a pageant, we are 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 – our Chinoy roots.

    Once again, the pageant is about to introduce the new batch of hopefuls, who are part of this #NewDynasty of Chinoys that are eager to share their stories and advocacy to the Chinoy community.

    Are you part of the #NewDynasty of Chinoys? Share your stories below! Follow @chinoytv and @mrmschinatownph for more updates about the pageant and welcome the rise of the #NewDynasty

  • Chinoy Personalities on Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017

     

    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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