July 26, 2017, 10:47 am
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A pageant that goes beyond physical beauty

WE were honored to be invited to the Mr. & Ms. University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS) 2017 grand coronation night held at the gymnasium of UPHS Calamba City campus last February 15 along with other media friends.

We have been covering several local and campus pageants in Laguna for many years now and they are all a rich source of potential candidates and winners in national tilts, both male and female. Most pageants in Laguna, we observed, are well-organized and executed. But make no mistake about the Mr. & Ms. UPHS 2017 grand finals, because it puts a premium not only on the candidates’ physical attributes, but on their characters and personalities as well. This is only fitting because UPHS’s motto is “character building is nation building.”

The pageant opened with the 12 pairs of contestants representing Junior High School; Senior High School; and the different colleges namely: Computer Studies; Medical Technology; Business Administration and Accountancy; Architecture, Arts, Sciences and Education; Engineering; International Hospitality Management; Allied Health; Pharmacy and Criminology.

They introduced themselves before a wildly cheering audience wearing national costumes from different Asian countries. Later, they paraded in casual wear and formal wear, creations of local and Manila-based designers and styled by Domz Ramos, who is also the overall head of production.

Very interesting was the question and answer round where the contestants expounded on hashtags that touched on leadership, responsibility, love, as well as current and national issues.

Co-hosted by Miss Philippines Earth 2013 Angelee de los Reyes, Mr. and Mrs. UPHS 2017 invited titleholders in the panel of judges, namely, Miss United Continents 2016 Jeslyn Santos, Mrs. Globe Philippines 2016 Dr. Fritzie Lexdy Noche, Miss RP-Mindanao 2015 Khristie Rose Cequeña and Mister Worldwide Philippines 2015 Jolo Dayrit.  

And the winners are Justin Adrian Saturno of Senior High School, Mr. UPHS 2017; Ma. Kamille Torres of Arts, Sciences and Education, Ms. UPHS 2017; Joshua Rioflorido of Arts, Sciences and Education and Samantha Angelee Mendoza of Allied Health, first runners-up; and Carlito Diamzon of International Hospitality Management and Alyssa Bianca Manaois of Engineering, second runners-up.

Congratulations to all the winners and kudos to the production team, including stage director Jojo Mangalino, the senior student council and UPHS officers and school directors.

Congratulations to Roshiel Reston Asingua of Cebu City, Philippines for placing first runner-up at the Best in Bikini subsidiary competition of the Queen of Brilliancy International 2017 Pageant held at Banana Pier, Kaoshiung, Taiwan, ROC. 

Miss Ecuador won as Best in Bikini, while Miss Portugal was third.

Roshiel was Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2014 second runner-up and one of the official contestants in Miss World Philippines 2016. She will vie, along with 53 other delegates worldwide for the new international beauty title at the grand coronation night on February 24 in Kaoshiung. All the best, Roshiel…go for the crown!
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