Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CSur son eyes seat in Brit Parliament

NAGA CITY—The son of a woman who hails from the remote, coastal barangay of Salingogon, Minalabac, Camarines Sur is the youngest candidate in the upcoming British Parliament elections scheduled on May 7.

Filipino-Chinese Steven Cheung (center, with fist raised), whose mother is from Minalabac, Camarines Sur, is out to win one for the youth, minorities, and believers of a fair society. The 25-year-old is currently the youngest candidate in the British Parliament elections. (Photo from Cheung’s website)

Steven Dominique Cheung, the 25-year old son of Ami Biazon Oliverio Cheung, was born in Hong Kong.

There, his Chinese father worked as a chef while his Filipina mother was a cleaner, according to the South China Morning Post.

Discrimination


In 2002, he moved with his parents and two brothers to London.

He studied at Heathcote School and Highams Park College.

In a report by the same newspaper, he recalled how he was bullied and discriminated against in said city.

This, he narrated, pushed him to strive to give minorities a voice in society.

He became involved in youth-related issues, and led and supported charity and community projects.

Recognizing his potential, the government tapped the assistance of Cheung as an advisor to the Youth Citizen Commission.

The young achiever, who is often described as witty and exuberant, also worked as a radio presenter, hosting shows in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

In 2009, he was awarded the Princess Diana Award, a prestigious honor for inspirational young people.

He was also elected Young Mayor of the Olympic Village, and carried the Olympic Torch for Britain in 2012.

He is also active in the Filipino community in the UK, where the Philippine ambassador himself thanked him for his support.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD with Mrs. Cheung, she revealed that her son loves Filipino food, including sinigang, barbecue, and adobo.

Steven, she said, has also come home to Minalabac, where he attended the wedding of a family friend.

He has also enjoyed touring the province of Albay.

Steven poses with his mother in front of the plane which he himself flew.
(Photo courtesy of Ami Cheung)

Rising


Cheung has won the admiration of many, including the British, Chinese, and Filipinos.

He is seen as a rising politician with a passion for changing the community.

The 25-year-old, who is now working for the financial sector in the United Kingdom, is currently running as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

Said party has the objective of “build[ing] a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life,” a goal consistent with Cheung’s ideals.

Yet despite his lofty achievements, however, he remains firmly grounded, drawing his strength from his family.

Win or lose, Steven Oliverio Cheung has already brought great honor to his mother, who is proud of how her son maintains close ties with his roots in Salingogon, Minalabac, Camarines.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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