Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez welcomes Justin Yap to his office who paid him a courtesy call. The 24-year old Yap is this year’s Mr. Chinatown.

TACLOBAN CITY- Newly-crowned Mr. Chinatown 2020, Justin Yap, made his courtesy call to City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, one of his first public appearances after winning the prestigious title.
During his call, the 24-year old declared his willingness to help the city government’s programs for the children, especially the less fortunate, as this centers his advocacy.
Yap, who met Mayor Romualdez on Oct.22 quoted Luke 12:48 of the Bible and the Peter Parker principle: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
They talked about the COVID-19 situation in Tacloban and how Justin could help in his little way — to use his influence and tell the youth about being extra careful during these times of pandemic.
“All we have to do is behave for the sake of others”, Mayor Romualdez said.
The mayor also told Justin that he should promote the resilience of Tacloban, like MMCP’s theme Rise, and say: “And we can do it. We’ve done it before, we can do it now. It’s just a matter of lifestyle.”
During the reigning Mr. Chinatown’s meet and greet with the City Hall employees, he expressed his utmost thanks to fellow Taclobanons and Eastern Visayans for the support given during the competition.
The young Chinoy vowed to use his platform to empower the youth and be active in promoting social change.
He believes that the children are game-changers of the future, especially when given equal opportunity.
He says: “Life’s reality, is full of challenges. Continue to have a proper mindset and dream, as it is a free way to better one’s self”.
During his candid sit-down interview, he admitted that though he is well-rested, things have not really sunk in just yet.
After winning, Yap is set for multiple engagements including photoshoots, and a management contract signing in Manila. He shared that although there are no plans yet, he is not closing his doors to opportunities of representing Tacloban again in another pageant.