CHiNOY TV’s “Chinese by Blood, Filipino by Heart” third season takes a different approach from its stories of established leaders, creatives, and business people by featuring the youth this time. Enter the candidates of Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines (MMCP) 2022 who usher in what it means to be part of the new generation of modern Chinoys: the #Gen新.
In this three-part documentary series, the MMCP candidates speak their minds, bare their hearts, and redefine what it means to be Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines in this first time docu-series for the long-running pageant. This is a one-of-a-kind peek into the journey of the candidates and for the audience to really get to know them as individuals.
“We’re just so excited because it’s basically the melding of old traditions and new traditions, and just putting forth candidates who are very unique and very different from what we had before in the previous seasons,” says Ms. Chinatown 2020 Cassandra Chan in a CNN interview.
“As Chinoys, we believe that the new generation will be the game changers for the succeeding generations to come,” says Mr. Chinatown 2020 Justin Yap.
The docu-series will also guest Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2016 winner Nicole Cordoves (丁妮可), Miss Philippines Earth 2017 winner Karen Ibasco (陳卿玫), TV host Janeena Chan (蔡詩仁), Miss Chinatown Foundation Chairperson Wilson Agbayani (吳文偉), and MMCP 2020 winners Justin Yap (叶俊良) and Cassandra Chan (會新玉).
Traditionally, the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines pageant has always been about the celebration and showcase of the modern Chinoy. Now, the candidates must know how to think outside the box, have massive cultural awareness, and be open-minded to the new practices of the newer generations while also continuing the legacy of the older Chinoy generation.
As #Gen新, the MMCP candidates should prove their identity as a 21st century Chinoy and what they are able to offer to society. With a lot of Chinoys being known in the world as business people and entrepreneurs, the new generation of MMCP candidates should also be able to prove that they are more than the common stereotype.
“It’s all about breaking the barriers and reconnecting with those bridges. This is also the recurring theme for the previous episodes, but it is more evident in the new generation. It’s more about being proud of who you really are,” says Yap.
According to Yap, the new generation of modern Chinoys are worth investing in since they will be the ones to continue the footprints of the older Chinoy generation. At the same time, the #Gen新 people will also be the ones to create the next modern generation of Chinoys.
Catch the all-new Chinese by Blood, Filipino by Heart series premiere this October 16 (Sunday), 8 pm on CNN Philippines.