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Financial Analyst with Cerebral Palsy is Happiest Pinoy 2015

Richardson Navor from Caloocan City was named the Happiest Pinoy of 2015 by Cebuana Lhullier. The Filipiniana-themed awards night was held last September 10 at the Solaire Resort Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

 Happiest Pinoy 2015 Winner

The 28-year old financial analyst bested nine other finalists namely Eduardo Hernal, Jr., a retired military officer turned pastor from Taguig City; Julia Marquez, a retired teacher from Batangas; Johnny Medrano, a watch and cellphone technician from Batangas;  Rodolfo Mendoza, a PWD advocate from Nueva Ecija; Randy Halasan, a teacher from Davao City;  Don De Vera, an architect from Las Piñas City; Rustie Quintana, an artist from Cagayan De Oro City; Cyprian Jade Basa, a student from Roxas City; and Naprey Almario, a non-government organization founder and businessman from Davao City.  He is the third winner of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy which was first introduced in 2009.

As the grand winner, Navor took home a cash prize worth P1 million and trophy.

Happiest Pinoy 2015

Richardson Navor was born with Cerebral Palsy. Rather than letting other people’s judgments get the better of him, he used his physical limitations to inspire people. Back in college, he was student council president and graduated magna cum laude with multiple leadership and academic awards. Currently a financial analyst, Richard has formed an organization called People Uplifting the Student and the Handicapped (PUSH) to show his advocacy for youth empowerment and his support to PWDs.

Navor joins the ranks of Winston Maxino and Rommel Arellano with his own inspiring story.

Navor was chosen through a series of screenings including deliberations and panel interviews. The final selection process was done through the collaborative efforts of judges who have achieved notable success in their respective fields. Gathering individuals of varying backgrounds, the board was composed of advertising guru Emily Abrera, motivational speaker and author Francis Kong, Supreme Court Legal Consultant, Atty. Ann Corominas, 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida, Camarines Sur representative Hon. Leni Robredo, TV news personality Luchi Cruz-Valdez, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions General Manager Jonathan Batangan, and the search’s past two winners–Winston Maxino and Rommel Arellano.

Besides Navor, two other individuals were recognized as two more awards were added to this year’s search. Arnel Genzola, a professor based in China, was declared as the Happiest OFW, while Cyprian Jade Basa, a student from Roxas City, was hailed as the Happiest Student. Meanwhile, the grand winner’s nominator, Loriel Macalindol Castillo, Navor’s friend, was also recognized and was given a cash prize.

The search for Happiest Pinoy aims to find a Filipino who has a positive outlook in life, was able to rise above life’s challenges and had a positive impact in the lives of others.

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Marco Dennis

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