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.
At the Ruby Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Manila, the Press Presentation of Mr & Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 was held with the combined presence of both the Local (TV, Print & Online) and Chinese media. The twenty-eight Official Candidates (14 Men, 14 Women) were individually introduced in their distinctly Chinese attires as well as casual getups. The guests were visibly impressed with the roster this year, especially the academic and professional credentials that they proudly stated during the introductions.
A lengthy and lively open mic forum with the candidates dominated the event as the guests made sure that everyone was given a chance to speak their minds out on an assortment of questions ranging from personal advocacy to racial discrimination to role models/inspirations to the hashtag of the pageant – #BeautyindiverCHIty.
Miss Chinatown Foundation Chairman Wilson Agbayani and Chinoy TV President Alvin Kingson Tan were around to welcome everyone as they led the proceedings with their individual speeches about this year’s edition of the pageant that has significantly leveled up to the national status for 2018 with candidates coming not only from NCR, but also the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao areas.
When time came for the announcement of the Darlings of the Press, everyone was cheering for their own bets as the tally of votes came so close among the chosen picks by the Press. Lawrence Chua and Rachel Tan claimed the much-coveted awards. It will be remembered that the reigning titleholders – Jacob Muñez and Joy Wu – were also the recipients of the same honor in 2017 so it really bears watching if Lawrence & Rachel will also take it all the way to the top this year. It certainly won’t be an easy task because there are so many other strong contenders from among the remaining contestants.
Mr & Ms Chinatown Philippines 2018 is presented by the Tak Chun Group in cooperation with Miss Chinatown Foundation, Chinoy TV and Crowne Plaza Manila. Grand Finals will be held on September 2 at the MOA Arena, with TV telecast scheduled on September 9 over ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.
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