IN line with the celebration of the Commerce Week, the Commerce and Business Administration Student Council held Exposed: The Mr. and Ms. Commerce and Business Administration Personality 2012. Pageant contestants battled their way to the top as they strutted with confidence by sporting different kinds of apparel and by possessing beauty—or handsomeness—and brains in eloquence and talent.
Luigi Maliwat and Jashmin-Lyn Dimaculangan were crowned as the Commerce and Business Administration Personalities 2012.
“It was really hard for me, because I was going at it independently; I had no PA (personal assistant),” said a thankful Luigi. He also shared his disbelief in being picked to join the pageant in the first place, and in winning as his college prospects were really only excellence in studies and dancing. He attributed winning the pageant with the help of his blockmates and contenders.
“We will be conducting trainings to further enhance their skills and talents. We will also expose them with the different pageants, not just inside the campus but also off-campus so that their views on the pageant would be broad,” according to Kristine Felizardo, project head.
On September 20, with doors open at 6PM, the excited CBA students and other guests crowded the Medicine Auditorium. Cheers and shouts from the crowd greeted the contestants as they performed a burlesque-themed dance number.
Following the energetic opening was the casual wear portion, showing stylish outfits with swagger on and the candidates striking a pose or two as the perfumes of event sponsor, ZenZest, were on display.
With creativity and teamwork materialized, the contestants also exhibited their mixed effort with their organization as they showed off their colorful theme wears. With shields up, a number darted to the stage with their fierce warrior costume. Tribal costumes worn by participants also enticed loud cheers from the audience. Some wore modern wear fully improvised by art.
The formal wear portion came, where the boys exuded apt manliness as they walked across the stage with black or white suit. The ladies also attracted the crowd with their long gowns and graceful movements. This was followed by the question and answer portion.
Aside from grace under pressure, the question and answer portion tested the values of the contestants. Questions were about qualities and self-assessment. With these putting up a great percentage for their final scores, the candidates reasoned to the top, showing the real Thomasian inside.
The following are the runners-up: 1st runner-up, Billy Joe Capati and Deborah Anne Rosabal; 2nd runner up, Mark Henrich Hatol and Juiliana Louise Cuasay; 3rd runner up, Aldrin Bryan Palma and Esther Grace Gaor; 4th runner up, Maurius Teran Godfrey Jiz de Ortega and Jan Alexis Bernardo.
By Gabriel P. Cabanayan