The Chinatown Ball 2019 was held in the Solaire Tent last 15th of August 2019. Organized by the Miss Chinatown Foundation & Fil-Chi Media Productions Inc. (CHiNOY TV), presented by Tak Chun Group, and co-presented by Solaire Resorts, the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc, and Hoseki.
The pre-event was MMCP’s official Press Presentation where the 2019 roster of Chinoy youth ambassadors were officially revealed to the media. Thirteen men and twelve women of ages 18 to 25 took to the red carpet to share a little more about themselves and the causes close to their heart. Hosted by MMCP 2016 alums Ysa Chong and Louie Ngo this year’s exclusive moment with the new candidates revealed three darlings of the press, Amara Ui, Jonah Chantong and Gerrickson Malto.
With the theme of #BuildingBridges, the Chinatown Ball highlighted the blending of Chinese and Filipino culture, giving birth to the unique Chinoy identity. MMCP took this time to unveil the new Phoneix Crown. Designed and hand crafted by Hoseki, the new crown ushers in the new era of Chinatown.
To that end, seven notable Chinoy women were hailed the Champions of Chinatown Values.
– Blogger, Writer and Entrepreneur Kryz Uy was named Champion of History and Tradition.
– Miss Chinatown 2014, Binibining Grand International 2016 First Runner-up, and Content Creator Nicole Cordoves was chosen as Champion of Wit and Intelligence.
– Philanthropist, and decorated medical practitioner Dr. Ging Zamora graced the stage as Champion of Charity and Generosity.
– One of the most recognizable faces in the automotive industry, TV Personality, and social entrepreneur, Elizabeth Lee is the Champion of Women in Business.
– Consul ad honorem of the Republic of the Philippines to The Islamic Republic of Gambia, Agnes Huibonhoa received the honor of Champion of Grace and Courage.
– The country’s First Miss Chinatown (1974) Arlene Cheng-Tobias was selected as Champion of Cultural Harmony.
– Finally, corporate powerhouse, women’s advocate, and notable fashionista Myrna Tang Yao was heralded the Champion of Diversity.
Ms. Chinatown 2018 Marie Que proudly strut down the ramp with the illustrious Phoenix Crown as a clear message of MMCP’s mission this year, to harness the Chinoy community to serve the country.
The evening also saw the momentous awarding of the first ever #IamChinoy Award to none other than reigning Miss Earth, Ms. Janelle Lazo Tee for her efforts in representing Chinoys on a national stage and advocacy for environmental sustainability.
Chinoy and Pinoy Fashion designers were featured. The 25 young candidates wore the creations of Naomi Ng, Bessie Besana, Julianne Syjuco, and Jaz Cerezo. Along with the revealing of the new crown sponsored by Hoseki, the Ball also acknowledged and awarded notable Chinoy women who uphold the cardinal virtues that Miss Chinatown espouses.
Ever the event that celebrates Chinoy culture at its very best, the evening’s Best Dressed Awards went to MCF Chairman Wilson Agbayani in a stunning suit by Suit it Up Manila and Mrs. Myrna Yao in a golden gown by Rosenthal Tee. The Best Models awards were given to candidates, Claudine Chua and Jonah Chantong.
The recently held Chinatown Day went off without a hitch this past 18th of August in the Shangri-la Mall Atrium, Organized by the Miss Chinatown Foundation & FilChi Media Productions Inc. (ChinoyTV), presented by Takchun, and co-presented by Shangri-la Mall, the Federation of Filipino Chinese, and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.
On the catwalk, the candidates showed off their Chinoy Pride by wearing cultural costumes inspired by the theme #BuildingBridges. There was also an exhibit that showcased the candidates’ proposed advocacy programs for after the pageant. Lastly, a mini-fashion show was held for ChinoyTV’s and So Asian Comics’ #IamChinoy Campaign where Chinoys of different ages walked the ramp wearing the official #IamChinoy shirt, a portion of the proceeds are destined for the Filipino-Chinese Home for Aged Women.
Special Awards were doled out to Mr. & Ms. Nice Skin Medispa 2019 Jeremiah Tomas and Amara Ui; Mr. & Ms. Inglot Cosmetics 2019 Dave Dy and Claudine Chua; Mr. & Ms. GAOC 2019 Aaron Ho and Claudine Chua. Lastly, the coveted Best Cultural Costume Awardees were Jeremiah Tomas ad Joanna Paula Tan.
The next activity will be the MMCP Talent Competition where the candidates will display different talents proving that they are well-rounded Chinoy youth Ambassadors. This will be held in the Lucky Chinatown Mall on the 25th of August at 4:00pm.
Lastly, the night of nights, the MMCP Grand Coronation Night is slated to be the greatest and most significant indoor gathering of Chinoys in the country. More than just the night where one male and one female candidate will be crowned as the new Mr. and Ms. Chinatown, it is ultimately a celebration of Chinoy culture and a clear message for Chinoys to the country, we are proudly Chinoy and ready to work at #BuildingBridges together. Instead of focusing on difference, the spirit of #BuildingBridges is to face our common challenges together. Meanwhile, the Grand Coronation Night will be held at the SM MOA Arena on September 8, 2019 and broadcasted nationwide on ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best on Sept 15, 2019.