“Kinabahan ako pero I spoke from the heart when I answered the question.” This is how Ms. Chinatown 2016 Shirley Vy described how she answered Sen. Risa Hontiveros' question regarding promoting world peace in line with the Philippines' arbitration case win against China.
Speaking out about their respective advocacies helped Jan Louie Ngo and Shirley bring home the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2016 crowns, respectively, on July 31 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.
Shirley's winning answer? “We should not add fuel to the fire. Especially on social [media], we should not bash or rant [or boast of] our victory; Instead, we should promote friendship.” Her answer earned praises from the audience as she gave a message that is relatable to both Filipinos and Chinese amidst the ongoing dispute.
“We should be humble, and use this to help other people in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation," Shirley further explained after being crowned Ms. Chinatown 2016.
Ngo, on the other hand, impressed the judges and the audience with his steadfast advocacy for financial literacy to the youth. A banker by profession, Ngo emphasized that the youth should strive for financial freedom, even suggesting that grade 6 students should have a subject on financial literacy. "I wanted to focus on my advocacy, and hopefully this will be my legacy," Ngo said, after being crowned Mr. Chinatown 2016.
“We should not focus on these material things; we should learn to have an open mind,” Ngo said, elaborating on the importance of financial literacy. “We’re not going to be productive forever, so if we start the value of saving at an early age, we can be financially free.”
Watch the telecast of Mr. and Ms. Chinatown 2016 on August 7 at ABS-CBN, after Gandang Gabi Vice.
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