Name: Keny Ong
Shoe size: 10
How would you describe yourself… Would you tell us something that most people do not know about you…
I am a person with perseverance. I can describe myself as a Dream Chaser. I started in the lowest point. I was a bagger before I became a banker and a restaurateur.
What motivated you to join Gentlemen of the Philippines? Do you have some inspiration in joining the competition?
Never did I win a title back when I was in College for the 2 pageants I have joined at. Even if I get the Mr. Intelligence on a (50%looks 50%intelligence) judging point, never did they make me win. It was because I was too dark and too thin. Because of this experience, I was able to draw a motivation to improve myself.
What is/are your personal advocacy/ social responsibility program for the competition? And how do you promote such cause?
I am a band member and we have this organization called “ACAUSETIKEROS” which helps the less fortunate children for education materials be provided and also the old aged people thru “Balay Taripato” (Home of the Aged) being helped thru goods. But aside from that, I have signed up with UNHCR which primary advocacy is to locate the missing family members of the families being affected by wars and tragedies especially here in the Philippines. Being a family oriented person, I would also like to push thru this project.
What do you think is your advantage that sets you apart from the other candidates in this year’s competition?
Everyone has his own advantage among others. For me, I see my life’s experiences as my advantage. I was not born with a silver spoon. Everything that I have now were brought by hardwork, perseverance and prayers. These experiences that I have had could also serve as an inspiration to others. As Gentlemen of the Philippines believes in more than good looks, I believe I am really more than that.
What do you think you can offer as potential Gentlemen of the Philippines winner?
Aside from the promise of being the pride of the Philippines in an international stage, I can say that I can live on GCI’s slogan More than Good Looks. My story, my passion and my dedication could inspire others to live their dreams too.
What is/are the thing/s about the country (Philippines) that makes you proud the most and why?
Being hospitable will always be the flag bearer among all the values that we have. And this makes me so proud as a Filipino. Regardless of how limited our resources are, we still give a good experience to our visitors, be it local or foreigners. That is why we truly live on IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
Do you believe that winning a competition is destiny or it is something that you work hard and prepare for?
I believe that destiny comes with hardwork and perseverance. A competition is set to test who is most prepared and most deserving. Though, at times, I believe luck plays a role. So maybe above all, PRAYERS.
Do you speak other language/s? Can you say something in that language something for your followers/fans…
Ilocano, Tagalog, English and a little Bisaya.
Agyamanak kanyayo amin gagayyem ken kakabsat ti ayat ken suporta yu kanyak. Sa pay koma ta suportaan dak nga maala iti maysa kadagiti titulo ti Gentlemen of the Philippines.
(Thank you for the overwhelming love and support. I hope that you are with me in prayers and hope to get one of the titles in Gentlemen of the Philippines)