Matikas, marangal, marunong, makatao (fit, honorable, intelligent and humanitarian) is the motto of this year’s Hari ng Pilipinas-Negros Occidental.
Joelito Aspan Orencio Jr., who was last year’s Bacolod representative to the national pageant, said the pageant’s motto speaks of its thrust to promote not just the tourism of Negros Occidental but likewise to discover talented young men.
Now the provincial director of the pageant, he said they aim to provide opportunities for these male candidates to hone their talents, enhance their community involvement, promote their respective advocacies, and boost their self-confidence.
For the first time, they will hold the pageant in the provincial level wherein the winner and the first runner-up will represent the province in the national level in October this year at Ormoc City.
The nine official candidates are Jerad de la Raga of Bacolod City; Joshua Seth Bojo of Cadiz City; Marx Louie Justiniani of Don Salvador Benedicto; Joppy Castillo of Isabela; Jezzrell Jule Jaboneta of La Carlota City; Wyndale Divino of Murcia; Darryl Philip Orig of Sagay City; Rommel Guanzon of San Enrique and Karis Liame Dolorosa of Victorias City.
Preliminary competition is on May 24 at the Bantug Ranch in Barangay Alangilan in Bacolod City and the Bacolod pageant coronation night is on May 28 at Northwest Inn.*