New set of students were crowned ambassadors of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) in the recently concluded Mister and Miss Ambassadors of Goodwill 2017 at the SABM Oval, April 19-20.
B.S. Accountancy students Ernest Tumanut (2nd year) and Reighven Pagano (3rd year) nabbed the crowns for the Mr. and Ms. AOG, respectively, after besting 13 other hopefuls in the annual prestigious search.
The candidates battled against each other in six categories: Talent, Casual Wear, and Casual Interview during the primer and Resort Wear, Long Gown and Formal Wear, and the Theme Wear or Creative costume which must be in line with this year’s theme, “Draco: Paragons of Might and Beauty,” on the second day.
Only five pairs among the 15 candidates were chosen to move forward to the next level which was the Question and Answer portion from which the judges will base the candidates’ performance to arrive at the winners.
The top five candidates for male category were Tumanot, Kenn Bryal Lumanglas, Avelino Runas, Crikxian Rex Simsim, and King Russelle Munar. For female category were Pagano, Mae Aileen Domingo, Kelly Hindang, Nicole Vergara, and Pemy Fernandez.
Pagano shared that she felt blessed and happy for winning the title especially since she got to meet different people who treated her with love.
“The essence of winning the crown is sharing it with the people I love and to those who believed in me. The true winners in life constantly think of I can, I will, and I am,” she said.
Tumanut, on the other hand, said that winning the crown was a surprise for him since joining pageants was really out of his comfort zone and that he has stage fright.
“As the new Mr. AOG, I know that it will be a big responsibility to represent the JPIA and the entire accountancy students. But I think, I just have to be myself, do well and excel in my academics, and promote the values of JPIA like competence, honesty, social involvement, and God-abidingness,” he shared.
Meanwhile, Simsim and Hindang garnered first runner-up while Runas and Domingo lanced second runner-up.
The search for Mr. And Ms. AOG is a search for students with remarkable beauty, wuick thinking, and aptitude in their own God-given talents and it aims to challenge the paticipants’ capabilitites in becoming ambassadors of JPIA.
Article by Mc Kristian Balbalosa | Photos by Angela Rillera and Angeli Mendoza