It’s ‘you versus you’. It’s all up to you how much you can achieve in life. – Richardson Navor, 2015 Happiest Pinoy Grand Winner.
If an impact on the search of Happiest Pinoy is giving a chance to live life to its fullest amidst all difficulties, then the support to discover one lead me to be interested and be inspired to share this momentous event with you.
Launched six years ago, the Search for the Happiest Pinoy aims to rekindle the values of optimism, resilience, and hope in Filipinos despite above life’s challenges and have caused a positive impact in the lives of others.
After an almost year-long search that gathered hundreds of thousands of entries from all over the Philippines and abroad, a financial analyst with Cerebral Palsy was hailed as the newest winner of Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy.
During the Filipiniana-themed awards night at the Solaire Resort and Casino Grand Ballroom on September 10, 28-year old Richardson Navor from Caloocan, bested nine other finalists and took home a cash prize worth P1 million and a trophy.
His condition did not hinder him from getting a good education as he excelled in his studies. Besides being elected as the Student Council President, he also graduated magna cum laude and was given various leadership awards and recognitions including Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines and Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
When Navor’s mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer, he became the main source of strength of his family. He sought monetary assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and from different people. He even sacrificed some of his allowance from his scholarship for his mother. Eventually, his mother was diagnosed cancer free.
Navor did not pass the CPA licensure exam but he continued to persevere and live life with positivity. He is now a financial analyst at IBM Philippines and continues to receive service awards for his advocacies.
Dedicated to helping the youth and persons with disabilities, Navor formed an organization named People Uplifting the Student and the Handicapped (PUSH) which gives free leadership trainings, personality development seminars, and livelihood workshops to students and PWDs. PUSH also donated wheelchairs and canes to Yolanda survivors.
The rest of the top ten finalists in this year’s search are Johnny Medrano, a watch and cellphone technician from Batangas; Rustie Quintana, an artist from Cagayan De Oro City; Rodolfo Mendoza, a PWD advocate from Nueva Ecija; Randy Halasan, a teacher from Davao City; Eduardo Hernal, Jr., a retired military officer turned pastor from Taguig City; Julia Marquez, a retired teacher from Batangas; Don De Vera, an architect from Las Piñas City; Cyprian Jade Basa, a student from Roxas City; and Naprey Almario, a non-government organization founder and businessman from Davao City.
Seeing the 10 of them made me teary-eyed. For me, all of them are all winners. Every angle of their life experiences has their own story to tell – that is to live happier and to give more meaning to life.
Still, Richardson Navor despite being born with cerebral palsy, he has gone through life inspiring and influencing people, and always looking at the positive side of circumstances.
I did not have the chance to interview him personally.
What I did was to do some research him via online and was inspired on what he shared.
“I keep telling young people that I was able to reach this point in my life despite so many difficulties and trials, and I made it through with flying colors; what more those who have the fullness of being and faculties at their disposal.
As long as they have their heart in what they do and have the right kind of support, they can’t fail. I’ve learned that, in the end, it’s ‘you versus you’. It’s all up to you how much you can achieve in life.”
Truly, I was touch and will nurture not only your positive outlook in facing life but also how you handle it blissfully.