A Modern Fil-Chi Woman according to Maxine Kong
By taking matters into her own hands, albeit with the current situation which somehow limits our resources and putting our plans on hold, Maxine proves to be a woman that refuses to put herself in a box and go beyond the given typecast that has long been ingrained towards women like her by the status quo.
Her joining this year’s Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines is quite a huge risk for her as she not only manages her time in being a contestant in the said competition, but she’s also juggling her roles between a student leader in San Pedro College and a proud entrepreneur – all at the same time. Maxine Kong is one of the Mindanaoan representatives for this year’s Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines along with her male counterpart Jerrick Luy.
All these may sound exhausting to some but for this Fil-Chi Davaoeña, she’s more than up for the tasks. For her, as long as you put your heart and passion to it, these things will be worth it in the end – no matter what may be the outcome.
“In the first place I actually prefer modeling over pageantry. But with the support of my friends, teachers, and some people working in the pageant industry, I was convinced to take my shot at it and ended up loving it. Surprisingly, I enjoy the experience since I love impromptu speaking as a kid so that helps a lot during the question and answer portion,” she expressed.
As a woman herself, Maxine admits that she does not like the common stereotypes given to people who join beauty pageants. “Honestly anyone can join a pageant if they have the passion to make a difference. People in the pageant world know that these events focus on the substance over look. [In beauty pageants,] the talk is greater than the walk.”
For a self-made woman like her, Maxine surely will go a lot more places. Her journey in Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines is just a start. And with these little feats, she has proven to be a modern Fil-Chi woman one must look up for.
In an exclusive interview with The Middle Mag PH, Maxine shared with us her own definition of a modern Filipino-Chinese woman, her preparations for the pageant, how she’s keeping her mental health in check, and more.
What do you think are the best things about being a Fil-Chi?
THE FOOD AND THE ANGPAOS! Joke lang! The best thing about being Fil-Chi would probably be the sense of being immersed in two cultures. It’s like the best of both worlds! The community is also something to love since most of us keep a close connection and we all relate to everything.
What are your preparations for this upcoming Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2020 pageant?
Well, I haven’t had much preparation prior to the pageant since I passed my application form at the last minute before deadline. It was all a sudden experience for me but during preliminaries I like to learn a new thing or two about our culture and how can I improve my performance and confidence during the pageant.
How do you keep your mental health in check amid this pandemic?
It’s really communication. If you keep your thoughts to yourself, how will people help you during your downfalls? Especially that we’re all basically locked in our homes, talking or even catching up with loved ones is really important.
Any person that you're looking up to or your personal hero and why?
It would be my parents; without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. It may not show sometimes but I know they are the most supportive when it comes to things I’m passionate about. They really inspire me to push harder and achieve my goals.
What do you think is a modern Fil-Chi woman for you?
A modern Fil-Chi woman is someone who makes new ideas work while still fostering tradition. I adore the women who shine through their work and craft and create an impact not only to the Fil-Chi community but also to the world.
What is your advice to your future self?
I’d like to remind her to always look back to where you started. Stay humble and know that you aren’t doing everything for yourself but for the people who care for you. Keep the faith strong and never give up on yourself no matter how many times you may fail.