Kevin Lao and Berjayneth Chee crowned as Mr. & Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2022 – Manila Bulletin

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Published November 7, 2022, 7:55 PM
by Robert Requintina
Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2022 successfully concluded, and the winners have now been named!
Kevin Fredric Lao and Berjayneth Goc-ong Chee have triumphantly taken home the crown. Adrian See and Lovely Lim came in as 1st runners-up, and Vince Aseron and Lorraine Wong as 2nd runners-up.
Since its establishment, the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines pageant has focused on celebrating and
showcasing what it means to be a modern Chinoy— and the 20 candidates were able to prove to the
audience that they were capable of breaking barriers while still continuing the legacy of the older Chinoy
The most prestigious night for the Chinoy community was held recently at the Theatre, Solaire, with simultaneous live streams held on both CHiNOY TV and Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines’ Facebook pages. 

The Q&A portion was judged by Camille Co (Content Creator and Entrepreneur), Knoi Austria Esmane
(CCO of Hoseki), Charlie Dy (CEO of Virtual Playground), Salome Uy (Businesswoman and Philanthropist), Martina Salimbangon (Business Development Manager of Organique), Gwendolyne Fourniol (Miss World Philippines 2022), Robert Chen (VP for Marketing and Business Development of OKbet), Richard Juan (Actor, Host, and CEO of 28 Squared Studios), Eunice Apple de Belen (Senior Brand Manager of Silka), and Atty. Dan Roleda (Founder of PMAP, Senior Partner of Bautista Roleda Jabla and Yusi Law). The results were tabulated by PwC Philippines / Isla Lipana and Co. (Jimmy Disquetado).

Kevin and Berjayneth came out on top and won Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2022, with their answers reflecting the values of modern Chinoys.

When asked the question, “As a modern Chinoy, if everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a
better place?” by Miss Salome Uy, Berjayneth answered: “When I was in Grade 7, I was told that we all have freedom. But you see, this freedom comes with morality. This, what we speak, has a good thing. Well— I believe as a modern Chinoy, we should speak of the truth and we should speak of something that will be able to lift up one another. If we say negative things, I think it is better for us to keep these thoughts in our mind because as modern Chinoy, we want to have this place. We want to have a happy place.”

Richard Juan posed a different question to Kevin: “As a modern Chinoy, what is more important for a
better world? Intelligence, or wisdom?” As to which Lao answered, “I believe wisdom is important,
because intelligence is nothing without good character. And I believe wisdom is important for us to succeed — because as a modern Chinoy, wisdom brings us to progress and that progress will bring us to
diversity, inclusivity, and resiliency.”
Special awardees were: Adrian and Berjayneth as Mr. & Ms. Organique, with ₱50,000 worth of
Organique products for each of them; Ady Cotoco and Jersey Kwan as Mr. & Ms. Silka, with ₱15,000
worth of Silka products and a one-year brand ambassadorship contract; Kevin and Karina Ching as Mr. & Ms. OKbet, with a cash prize of ₱50,000 each.
For the Cultural Wear competition, Adrian See won for the male category, and both Lorraine and Mercedes Pair tied for the female category. Kevin and Mercedes also won the Mr. & Ms. GAOC. Kevin and Karina Ching won Mr. & Ms. Yssabelle Aesthetics. Lastly, Lorraine bagged the Ms. Luftonic award.

All 20 contestants bedazzled the audience in their respective formal wear. Kevin and Lovely
stood out and clinched the Best in Formal Wear award. Vince and Jersey Kwan were awarded
with Mr. and Ms. Congeniality. Dane Sy and Karina Ching were recognized with the People’s Choice

For those who missed the Mr. & Ms. Chinatown Coronation Night, the 90-minute documentary will be
aired on Nov. 13 (Sunday), 8 pm on CNN Philippines where exclusive BTS videos of the coronation night,
as well as the whole preparation process that the candidates went through the past month, will be
premiered. Additionally, the archived live streams of the grand coronation night are available in both  CHiNOY TV  and Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines Facebook pages.
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