Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Darling of the Press Winners: Joy Wu and Jacob Munes

The 15 female and male contestants of the 4th Mr. and Ms. Chinatown: New Dynasty were officially presented to the press and bloggers at the Eclipse Bar of Solaire Resorts and Casino on August 8. This year’s batch of hopefuls come from Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and other key cities around the country, all competing for the prestigious beauty title. At the end of the program, Ms. Joy Wu (#15) and Mr. Jacob Munes (#5) were chosen as the Darling of the Press after a series of question and answers from the media.

Undeniably, pageants have become an inextricable part of the Filipino culture. In fact, the country has recently been 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.

Valerie Tan and Willord Chua hosted the said event.

Ms. Loraine Tan, COO, Fil-Chi Media Productions Inc.

Mr. Jay Ang, the Marketing Manager of Oriental Group

This year's Mr. Chinatown candidates: Philipp Licaros, Jonathan Lim, Justin de Jesus, Clarence Lim, Jacob Muñez, Michael Cocabo, Derrick Lloyd Pua, Lance Soriano, Allen Wu, Morgan Gan, Andrew Ryder Co, Vic See, Patrick Rogando, Stanly Quisora, and Martin Sy.

While the Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2017 candidates were Melany Sy, Kate Au, Jillian Chua, Audrey See, Patricia Clare Balay, Unity Ong Tan Ka, Angela Elpa, Charmaine Hong, Shelby Hernandez, Maryss Ong, Conikka Lagamayo, Kency Ongkeco, Jesslyn Lee, Ivy Shi, and Joy Wu.

Mr. and Ms. 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.

This year’s pageant theme 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. Mr. and Ms. Chinatown: New Dynasty is anchored on the belief that the modern Chinoy is open-minded and ready to brave change and new heights.

The Chinatown Ball is happening on August 16 at Solaire Grand Ballroom while the Talent Competition and Fashion Show will happen on August 20 at the Lucky Chinatown Mall. Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2017 Grand coronation will be on September 1, 2017 at Solaire Resorts and Casino. and will be aired on ABS-CBN via Sunday's Best on September 10 right after GGV.

This year's edition of Mr. & Ms. Chinatown is supported by Chinoy TV, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Silka, Tosot, My Big Inc, Gibi Shoes, Inglot Cosmetics Philippines, Solaire Resort & Casino & more.

JL Santiago Aquino

A millennial lifestyle blogger from Caloocan City who adores trying new things. ✨ Email: Follow @JayL_Aquino on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok & Facebook.


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