Candidates compilation of Challenge 3: Culture
Challenge 3 is all about a chance to STRENGTHEN their cultural ties! For this challenge, candidates will showcase their Chinoy heritage through their Phoenix headpiece. Which one do you think is the best? Comment below!
|Candidate 3: Alexi Enriquez|
This is my version of the Phoenix headpiece. Having a headpiece with abundant underlying symbolisms and meaning can only be properly represented through fine craftsmanship. To incorporate all these and to give justice to the Phoenix, I decided to have the artefact custom-made based on how I interpreted the Phoenix.
I began by choosing a color for my headpiece. Since the phoenix is depicted as majestic, radiant, and shimmering by ancient legends, I decided to use gold as the predominant color to encapsulate all that. Moreover, this decision was also influenced by the parallelism between symbolic gold and the powerful Phoenix. Apart from prestige and wealth, both symbolize strength, as seen in their ability to withstand the test of time.
Furthermore, red gems were used to adorn the headpiece as an ode to the fiery Phoenix of the rising sun, while golden flowers were added to represent renewal, another symbolism of the Phoenix.
The mighty Phoenix also reigns over all the birds, and so golden wings were attached at the top. But more importantly, the wings were placed to represent its ability to rise from the ashes of its predecessor. Through the darkness, as manifested in the black base and dark undertone of the headpiece, it is able to glisten, rise above, and ascend into a better future. The Phoenix tells us that it is never the end, but the start of something new.
Lastly, through my pose, I wanted to reinforce the power and feminine grace embodied by the headpiece. I wanted to show that I can be an extension of all these symbolisms to other people, especially during these dark times. There is hope amidst darkness and we always have the choice to RISE not only for ourselves, but for others.
With that, I want to call everyone to #RISEwithMMCP and #RISEwithAlexi as we rebuild connections, inspire others, strengthen the community, and empower one another.
|Candidate 4: Jea Go|
In earlier times, headdresses were used to accentuate the identity and duties of its wearer. Today, this Phoenix headpiece can represent our roles and how we can #RISE under these challenging circumstances.
The red beads scattered on the headpiece can denote us individuals and the important things that keep us grounded and should not take for granted - good health, clean air, and quality time with family.
The gold structure can be interpreted as the framework without which we would not enjoy the red beads. This could be the local rules guiding us, the government, and the medical community fighting the virus. At the center of the headpiece rests a golden phoenix, an ultimate symbol for strength and renewal due to its ability to be reborn with grace.
If these two features, the red and gold details, collaborate, we will eventually #RISE and be reborn from the physical, emotional, and financial adversities. We have to join hands in the fight against the pandemic.
As a candidate of Miss Chinatown 2020, I wear my Phoenix headdress with great pride and honor embodying the modern Chinoy ways of thinking.
|Candidate 6: Maxine Kong|
Crystal Pearl of the Phoenix
Everything has meaning if you are inspired to give it one. With this I hope to convey my message to the community through the meaning behind my headpiece.
The vision of my headpiece was to be a celebration of the Chinoy culture. The pearls represent the Philippines as it is the "Pearl of the orient seas"; on the other hand the lotus in the middle represents a prominent flower in the Chinese culture.
The main shape of the headpiece are curved metal pieces which resemble the wings of the Phoenix. It also serves as the headpiece's foundation which reminds us that we must keep strong in our roots which is our life's foundation to success. The wings of the Phoenix is a reminder that we should #RISE above our failures and downfalls.
The headpiece is adorned with crystal embellishments; and to me that represents transparency. For I believe that the best way for us to #RISE is if we allow ourselves to be true. If we let our true colors, true passion, and the right mindset to shine through
|Candidate 12 Julianne Yap|
I used to dream about being a princess. My parents and I would dress up and talk about leading kingdoms. As I got older, I realized that being a Disney princess was not a possible career path. Nevertheless, my desire to rise and actively influence the Chinoy community still holds dear to my heart. Prior to the lockdown, I had planned to travel and study in Shanghai for a semester to immerse myself in the culture and to better my Mandarin speaking in order to communicate with my guakong more. Much to my dismay, travelling is still prohibited, but my dream continues to one day immerse in the culture and engage in a discourse that will lead the community to rise.
The crown is the highlight of this photo. Although it isn’t a princess crown, it symbolizes the epitome of the phoenix and Chinoy culture, which in turn emulates the #rise movement. Its gold color symbolizes wealth, much like how the phoenix and community are rich in culture and traditions. It also has a winged bird on top to emphasize how a phoenix rises and soars above. The red gem exonerates the power that comes with uniting together as a community with our shared traditions. I associate the gold chain-like structures on the sides of the headpiece to the Chinese belief on noodles, which symbolize long life and also portrays how the ancient chinese medical traditions are of great length. Lastly, it is surrounded by flowers, butterflies, and pearls, as I believe that no man is an island and that our harmonious relationships will lead us to rise.
Even though I am not a princess, I firmly believe that my love for my culture, community, and profession will enable me to rise. I am Julianne Yap, a daughter, Chinoy, leader, and aspiring doctor. Along with many other professions, the frontliners and doctors are the leaders of tomorrow especially during this pandemic. In spite of the ashes, downfalls, and pains caused by the pandemic, I encourage everyone to rise and unite. Together we can work and achieve a more inclusive society.
|Candidate 2: Carlo Carcido|
This hat is commonly called as the Salakot. It refers to the broad-peaked headgear with a conical shape. The Salakot has been used by both Filipino and Chinese since the early period and it is mostly worn as they work outdoors to protect themselves from the sun and rain.
This handmade headpiece is created to symbolize the flag of the Philippines. As we go back to our Philippine history, the red color symbolizes patriotism and the bravery of the Filipino. The blue color symbolizes peace, truth and justice. The stars represent the three big islands namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The eight golden rays represent the provinces that revolted against the Spanish colonizers.
This headpiece also symbolizes the face of a phoenix. As I have looked through, in Chinese mythology, the phoenix or the fenghuang imposes many different meanings. One of which is the ability of a phoenix to rise from the ashes for it to have a new life and a new beginning.
This is one of the reasons why I chose to incorporate both Filipino and Chinese histories in my headpiece. This creation’s inspiration stems from the vision of a true Filipino-Chinese who is resilient and hardworking. I, as one, would always look up to our fellow countrymen who bravely fought for our freedom - and just like the phoenix, I have and will always have the drive for new beginnings. As a part of the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown movement, I would like to encourage people, especially the youth, to #RISE and have the courage and desire to face challenging situations humbly and make these as their inspiration to do better and be better for themselves and for the people around them. This is a testament to look beyond the challenges ahead of us, be inspired by our forefathers’ courage and bravery and the power of a phoenix for a new birth, which ensue that there will always be hope for every person who will desire for it.
|Candidate 9: Don Tang|
It's easy to lose sight of life's colors in the dark. Your spark dims. Your fire burns out. But it is during these times that you are also able to look deep within you and find that strength you never thought you even had. And once you see it, nothing can stop you now from embracing that powerful energy and letting it fuel you.
To #RISE isn't simply to move forward or fly again. It is to see the light, to be the light, to bring the colors back to our lives. When you #RISEwithDon, you'll find that it's not just about bouncing back; it's about gaining that momentum and shining brighter than ever.
|Candidate 11: Kevin Ty|
The Phoenix’s fire represents renewal and rebirth, and that’s why I created my cultural headpiece from recycled materials and items we already had at home – to give them a whole new life. With a little bit of creativity, beads from a broken bracelet, old scraps of cloth, and leftover art supplies can make all the difference in showing your Chinoy pride. This look was inspired by Zuko from Avatar, one of my favorite shows that’s inspired by Chinese culture. By reaching out to others, he was able to transform from villain to hero and rise above his greatest challenges.