A DABAWENYA was crowned this year's Miss Chinatown Philippines 2017 during the coronation night held at The Theater of Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City, aired live on Sunday, September 11.
Joy Wu, 21, a Mass Communication student of Ateneo de Davao University, said that as the newest ambassador, she aims to further strengthen the Filipino and Chinese communities relations in the country while enjoying each other's rich culture.
"I think it (the pageant) is already a good signal for us. I can be the bridge between the Chinese and Filipino people and I will promote and encourage more Chinoy or even Chinese people in the Philippines to join this pageant to be the witness of the friendship between the Chinese and the Filipino communities in Philippines," Wu said.
The event featured a total of 15 male and 15 female contestants from different cities. This was the first time the prestigious pageant opened outside Manila.
She said that she wanted to take the opportunity to showcase the kind of relationship that Chinese and Filipino communities have in Davao City.
"I want to show Davao to the whole nation even to the world, besides I also want to be the bridge of both communities to continue this because for me Davao is one of the best examples in relationship between the Chines and Filipino people. We are very united as one family and I want to continue this," she said.
Meanwhile, local pageant director Oscar Casaysay said that within the week, a motorcade will be held as well as a thanksgiving party, and also a courtesy visit to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. The Davao Chinatown Development Council is backing up these activities.
Wu was also the Darling of the Press and Miss Congeniality. She took home P200,000.
"I really want to make Davao proud so that is why it gave me strength to continue this pageant and finally I won the Miss Chinatown Philippines 2017," she said.
Wu is preparing for her first international pageant for the Miss Chinese International set in February 2018 in Hong Kong.
Davao's bet for Mr. Chinatown Philippines, Allen Wu, placed third to take home P50,000.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 13, 2017.
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