Dennis Frias Malones, Jr. is the brand-new winner of the title Mr. Republic of the Philippines. He is mighty proud to have brought pride to the Province of Bulacan with this achievement in a nationwide scholarship pageant. Fresh from his victory last Wednesday night at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Grand Ballroom, I cornered this charming young guy for an exclusive interview where he answered some of my prepared questions.
1. How does it feel to be the Mr. Republic of the Philippines 2018 titleholder?
“I feel so blessed to have this title although I didn’t expect the victory. And it’s such a wonderful gift from Above that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
What for you is the most important problem of the youth nowadays that you can help address with your title?
“For me, it’s about the problem of education because a big number of the youth today is considered out of school and worse, into drug addiction. I will use this platform to reach out to them so that I can share positivity and how to make a good account of themselves both to their families and in society as a whole.”
One of the main platforms of Mr & Ms RP is Education. Do you believe that you are a good role model in this regard?
“Yes, I am. I believe that being a good role model doesn’t depend purely on quantified human intelligence and high grades. It’s about having the proper attitude towards the responsibility of improving on one’s self and using it in a right way that will bring good influence to the people around.”
4. The Province of Bulacan has both the advantage and disadvantage of being close to Metro Manila, tourism-wise. Advantage because Bulakenyos can go to the city without spending hours on the road. Disadvantage because it is too close for tourists to visit that they usually skip it in favor of the other parts of Central Luzon which can be accessed by modern roads and expressways. How can you strengthen the Tourism objectives of your Province?
“In order to strengthen the Tourism of my beloved Bulacan, I suggest that it’s the right time to use the power of social media in promoting the beauty of the place especially to our millenials out there who are very active online. Also, with the help of the LGU and Department of Tourism, I can be of service as a spokesperson as well as an image model for promotional videos that focus on the not-to-be-missed sights in the province. And most importantly, I will initiate personal campaigns and activities that will make it a more tourist-friendly destination instead of just passing through parts of it.”
Any words of advice to young men who will take inspiration from your win?
“To my fellow young men, never ever give up on your dreams and don’t lose hope if ever you lose a battle because life is not always about winning and being on top. It’s about how you face life. You don’t need a title to be a role model because you, yourself is a great model of a man that God sent to this world to make a big change and be a blessing to other people.”
”Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be heard and recognized, Tito Norman. I promise to make this reign as meaningful as possible.”