‘Happiest Pinoy’ search launched in Davao

Subscribe Now February 16, 2012 at 09:28pm

Following an inspiring result of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy first conducted in 2009, this search comes back and targets Davao hopefuls to bag this year’s Happiest Pinoy award. Initiated by the Cebuana Lhuiller Insurance Solutions, Inc. and supported by the Department of Tourism in 2009, this search is back wanting to keep up with the tourism slogan of the DOT which is “it’s more fun in the Philippines.”

“We have thought of this campaign having in mind that Filipinos have remained steadfast and resilient despite the many challenges we face. From there, we thought of looking for the happiest Pinoy who could best inspire people,” said Cebuana Lhuiller General Manager Jonathan D. Batangan.

The search is recognition of the country’s most optimistic and passionate Filipinos who have in their best way showed resiliency and kept a cheerful attitude despite trials.

It is open to Filipinos aged 18 and above who has an optimistic outlook in life, unwavering cheerful disposition, capacity to rise above life’s challenges and ability to give a positive impact on the lives of those around him or her.

“We believe that happiness is a state of mind that one can best share from inside to his surroundings,” added Batangan.

From last year’s 200 entries that came from different areas in the country, Winston Maxino got the nod of the prestigious judges. A person who suffers ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, asthma and uveitis and feels severe pain most of the time, Maxino fought his illness by sharing joy to children. He performs magic tricks and twists party balloons as this he believed are kids’ source of happiness.

Maxino, more than overcoming his own illness, amazed the judges with the kind of cheerful disposition he shows to the family. He has a daughter suffering from Down Syndrome. Instead of feeling bad about his situation and the condition of his 13-year-old child, Maxino devotes most of his vacant time doing advocacy work that helps children with Down Syndrome.

He then donated his prize money of P200,000 to a foundation that protects and promotes the welfare of children with Down Syndrome.

This year, the search widens the scope in looking for the perfect person who could best embody the title “Happiest Pinoy.”

Nominations are accepted from October 21, 2011 to May 30, 2012. The top 10 finalists will be presented to the media while the winner will be announced during a gala dinner in June at Shangri-la Hotel Makati.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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