This year’s winner of Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy is a financial analyst with Celebral Palsy. Richardson Navor, a 28-year old Caloocan City, won over nine other finalists and took home a cash prize of PhP 1 million and a trophy.
Navor is the third winner of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy which was first introduced in 2009. There were 280,000 nominations for this year alone which broke its own record, the most in the campaign’s three-year history.
Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Philippe Jones Lhuillier gave his welcome remarks during the program for Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2015 awarding held at Solaire Resort and Casino last September 10.
“It is not what I have lost that matters. Rather it is what I do with what is left.”
Those were the inspirational words that makes Navor more deserving of his award. Navor joins the ranks of Winston Maxino and Rommel Arellano with his own inspiring story. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, he has gone through life inspiring and influencing people, and always looking at the positive side of circumstances. 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 recognition including Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines and Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
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. This year’s board of judges includes advertising guru Emily Abrera, motivational speaker and author Francis Kong, Supreme Court Legal Consultant Atty. Ann Corominas, 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, 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.
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