Davaoeña is Miss Chinatown ‘Darling’

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA -

JOY Wu, a Chinese-Filipino woman from the Chinatown community in Davao City, was voted by media men as "Darling of the Press" during the press presentation of the 2017 Mister and Miss Chinatown pageant at Solaire Resort and Casino’s Eclipse Bar in Parañaque City earlier this month.

She was selected from a field of 15 hopefuls from the femail division in this year’s search.

Her counterpart in the men’s division is Jacob Munes, a former member of the United States Army.

With pageants now an inextricable part of the Filipino culture, the country is also being recently dubbed as a powerhouse in pageantry.

This love for pageants, they say, is ingrained in our system and could be traced back to the American colonial period, when women from different regions across the country gathered in traders’ fairs to represent and promote their localities. Now, almost every Filipino town and institution has its own local competition where winners are expected to personify the attributes and values of the community.

The Mister and Miss Chinatown was created from this concept. Since its creation in 2013, Chinoy TV, together with the Miss Chinatown Foundation, has been staging the grand competition every year.

With various themes that highlight the grandeur of Chinoy life, it is the much-awaited annual event of the Chinese-Filipino community.

One of its most prominent former winners is Nicole Cordoves, who was crowned 2014 Miss Chinatown.

Cordoves, a former speech writer at the Department of Finance, was later crowned Binibining Pilipinas and competed in the 2016 Miss Grand International pageant in the United States where she finished second. She is set to host the global tilt’s 2017 edition in Thailand later this year.

The theme for this year’s national pageant for Chinese-Filipino Millennials is “New Dynasty,” which seeks to create a re-defined image of the Chinoy, characterized by the graceful combination of traditional values and a contemporary, progressive stance.

This year’s search accepted applications from the screenings held in The cities of Baguio, Cebu and Davao, and in Metro Manila.

Mister and Miss Chinatown: New Dynasty is anchored on the belief that the modern Chinoy is open-minded and ready to brave change and new heights.

The 2017 Mister and Miss Chinatown grand coronation will be on Sept. 1, at The Theatre of Solaire Resorts and Casino in Parañaque City.

THIS year ’s pageant has 15 male and 15 female contestants.

JOY Wu of Davao City is this year ’s ‘Darling of the Press.’

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