by Allianah Junnice F. Bolotaulo | October 10, 2022
Joeren King Finney from Silliman University’s College of Business Administration was given the Ambassador title during the grand finals night of the Mr. Grand Philippines 2022 pageant held last Sept. 25 at the Grand Ballroom of Winford Hotel and Casino in Manila.
Among 132 aspirants from over the Philippines, Finney was one of the 31 chosen to become the official candidates. The number further narrowed down to 28 men when the competition neared.
The local male pageant focuses on sensible masculinity, outstanding sportsmanship, and limitless potential to develop and empower young men.
In a guest appearance in Rise and Shine Pilipinas, the Negros Oriental representative talked about his advocacy for “Garbage Free Underwater.” Finney always noticed people in his hometown cleaning the sand or surface of the water and as a divemaster, he knew he had the ability to get garbage from under the sea.
After being asked why he should be the next Mr. Grand Philippines in a live interview with Philippine Pageants, he answered, “I’ve always wanted to be a role model and inspiration to the young men and young women out there who always strive to be the better version of themselves.”
Finney bagged the awards Best in Formal Wear, Best in Swimwear, Best in Sportswear, Mister Photogenic, Mister Option Philippines Ambassador, Gold’s Gym Ambassador, and Mister Sy Glow Ambassador.
Prior to joining the nationwide pageant, Finney represented his hometown Dauin, in the first provincial search of Mister Grand Philippines in Negros Oriental. On the coronation night last June 10, 2022, he entered the final round with the candidates from Dumaguete City, Pamplona, Amlan, and Valencia and was proclaimed the winner.