I have given you spotlight teasers on mestizas and an assortment of halfies so far. This time, we have a Chinoy beauty who was born in the Philippines and raised in Butuan City practically all her life. In fact, she can speak more fluent Cebuano/Bisaya or Butuanon more than the expected facility in Mandarin during Miss Chinatown Philippines 2018 which she handily won.
Marie Que graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology. But instead of pursuing laboratory work immediately, she opted to do pageantry. Encouraged by her supporters because of her height and glowing beauty, she could push it further in 2020 and be a part of one of the five national pageants that will be competing for the interest and attention of beautiful candidates to sign up.
Marie stands out in a crowd immediately. She has this presence that is more commanding than adoring. But the minute she speaks and settles in, the real down-to-earth quality emanates and she begins to unfold as a young woman who can hold up her own under the more demanding conditions of the big league.
I would be pleased to see more of Marie in 2020. She may not be the type of everyone. But given the chance, she will do well.
A mix of spoiler and expected wins dominated the finals of Mr and Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena last night.
Moises Cleon Limyuen – who I previously predicted as spoiler on the male side – outpowered the strong favorites to be adjudged top winner along with early press pick frontrunner Marie Que who was crowned #1 on the female side.
Congratulations to both of you as well as the two sets of runners-up Martin Leonard Chua & Sabrina Ng and Brian Gocheco & Carly Jane L. Chua!
The TV telecast of the finals will be on September 9 after GGV.
Photo credit: Edmund Ong Chua II
Making Final Predictions for Mr & Miss Chinatown Philippines 2018 is a task I initially thought was easy. Just pick the most good-looking or charming among them and that’s it. Through the several weeks that I followed their journey, it became more clear that it takes more than good looks and smarts to take it all the way to the top. I learned on my own perception (plus random conversations with some of the organizers) that the strength of a candidate’s Chinese upbringing is also of paramount importance. And that is what makes this national pageant unique from the rest. Aside from having either full-Chinese or Chinoy lineage, it also takes into consideration the multi-lingual upbringing that reflects a good facility to speak in Mandarin or Fukkien, just as English or Filipino. It also helps a lot to see if the person has achieved a good balance of both Chinese and Filipino values, while maintaining the best inputs of each culture in his/her personality.
In that light, I present to you my fearless forecast to do well this coming Sunday.
My top pair is Lawrence Chua and Sabrina Ng. In my opinion, these two individuals brought the best all-around performance in the different aspects of the competition. Having said that, my #2 pair is also a very strong duo. Jason Dy Tan is well-loved in local pageant circles because of his effortless PR skills and unmistakable stage presence, while Mikel Yap Villamora possesses a strong drive to win on her best merits. And her efforts are always well-earned.
Occupying my 3rd to 6th positions are Matthan Yu & Marie Que, Brian Gocheco & Jann Caitlin Jao, Joel Chang & Rachel Tan, and Ian Anthony Tan & Carly Chua. If the breaks come their way, then I am pretty sure they will bring it on.
Meanwhile, my two spoilers are Moises Limyuen and Danica Yao because I see these two as underrated. Given their chance to shine, no opportunity will be wasted.
Best of luck to all the candidates of Mr & Miss Chinatown Philippines 2018!
It has been a pleasure covering the entire pageant. Special thanks to Chinoy TV Chairman Loraine Tan, Chinoy TV President Alvin Kingson Tan and Pageant Director Mikko Araneta who welcomed normannorman.com as one of their three official media partners for 2018.
It’s no secret that I have been faithfully following the events and activities of Mr & Miss Chinatown Philippines 2018. As one of their official online media partners, I went out of my way to know all of the twenty-eight (28) candidates. By now, I have successfully bridged myself to each one of them. In the process, I got to know a great majority of them better than most.
One of the contenders I have managed to spend time talking to is Candidate #8 Marie Chrislyn Que who comes all the way from Butuan City. Aside from being a predominantly provincial Filipino-Chinese lass, I somehow found it a challenge to make her open up more and step out of her shell. Her beauty is hard to miss. In fact, members of the media started calling her as the deadringer of actress Marian Rivera. But more than the physical attractiveness, I like her humility and determined attitude.
“I really want to win Miss Chinatown Philippines 2018. At first, it was just to prove my parents wrong when they did not approve of my joining. But after weeks of immersion into this pageant, I have learned more about myself and why I really made a commitment to see it through beyond the finals. I want to be a role model for the Chinoy youth in the country and be the voice who can speak for their dreams and causes. I can say that I’ve really grown as a person and as future ambassador.”
Let’s see if Marie can further build up the momentum further for the September 2 Coronation Night at the MOA Arena. She has already earned enough stripes (read: Special Awards) to inspire her to bring the best version of herself in the closed door pre-judging all the way to the finals.
Good luck, Marie!
In anticipation of next week’s Press Presentation for Mr and Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, here are the female candidates 1-14 vying for the top plum.
Follow their journey! Follow @mrmschinatownph on IG to stay updated!
Mr and Ms Chinatown 2018 Lowerbox and Upperbox tickets are now available at SM Tickets outlets and https://smtickets.com/events/view/6938
VIP tickets can be purchased through Chinoy TV and Mr and Ms Chinatown 2018 Candidates.
Make up by: @inglotph
Hair by @revlonprofessionalbrandsph
Swimwear by @drswimph
Earrings by @sepacebu
Photos by @jericksanchez
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Below are the fourteen (14) ladies vying to become this year’s Ms Chinatown Philippines. According to my reliable source, the top two placers will represent the Philippines in international beauty competitions abroad. Specific pageants to be announced soon.
Grand Finals will be on September 2 at the MOA Arena.
Credits for the photoshoot below:
Makeup | Inglot Philippines
Hair | Revlon Professional
Photographer | Jerick Sanchez
Creative Director | Mikko Araneta
The Official Candidates with their names and hashtags are: