Height: 5 ft 7 in
Weight: 64 kg
Occupation: Data Entry Executive
Ericson Manalang Dimalanta or ‘Tonton’ to his friends goes by the words “Life is a phase that is full of challenges.” Joining Ginoong Turismo Filipinas 2015 and competing for the ultimate title are the latest challenges Tonton is faced with at this point. And such he gladly welcomes.
This Ginoo aspirant is in the mindset that he can be a good ambassador of Philippine tourism here in Saudi Arabia. Ergo, he believes he should be the next winner mindless of the fact that this is his first time to join a personality competition.
Ericson is a 24-year old Data Entry Executive who hails from the ‘so-called’ province of beautiful people, Pampanga. By sheer looks Tonton holds true to this claim of the Kapampangans as he is gifted with attractive features and a well-toned physique.
Candidly, he shares with us an incident in the past he considers his most unforgettable. This was when he found himself and his friend clapping in church only to realize later they were the only ones who clapped when nobody else inside the church did. How embarrassing (and funny) is that?! This anecdote only shows that fun, non-serious side of Ericsson who appears to give a first impression of a serious guy with quiet, reserved personality.
“Pulungmasle is a small town in Guagua, Pampanga. It is so small that everyone knows everyone by name. My hometown is not the tourist-y type but we are known amongst the nearby towns for our street foods.”
Brief Q&A with G. Ericson
Who is your favorite artist?
That would be Bruno Mars ‘coz his style of singing is relaxed and the genre of his songs is on point. And I always relate to the lyrics of his songs.
Pampanga is known for its diverse and delicious foods and I may claim that I am a foodie. “Sisig” (grilled meat dish traditionally from pig parts seasoned with local spices) would be on top of my list ‘coz it’s a dish where sweet, sour, salty, and bitter all get along as one.
Your dream place or city?
It has been a dream to visit the Masai Mara tribe in Kenya. Growing up I’ve always been fascinated by the safari and its wild animals. I’d prefer this place over any run-of-the-mill city where the crowds can be very unforgiving.