The Dr. Juanito Bruno Gymnasium was invaded by the most glamorous and smart ladies and gentlemen of the Western Mindanao State University during the Search for Mr. and Ms. WMSU 2016 last September 3, 2016.
Mr. Carl Louis J. Arañas, a 4th year BS Nursing student, and Ms. Hasmine C. Emanel, a 3rd year BS Secondary Education major in Biology Science from the External Studies Unit (ESU)-Ipil Campus beat other beauty hopefuls to rightfully claim the most prestigious title of being this year’s Mr. and Ms. WMSU 2016. They were chosen from a line-up of six pairs of candidates from various colleges who were judged in nine (9) categories. The finalists were given the same question during the Question and Answer portion. They were asked, “As a WMSU Student, how will set yourself apart from becoming great to just being good?”
“I could make myself great by upholding positive principles WMSU advocates, which is believing in academic and sports, character excellence, as well as believing that we should not settle for just being good, we do not settle for less but we opt for the best,” said the newly crowned Ms. WMSU 2016 Hasmine Emanel.
On the other hand, the young gentleman from CN answered “Life is all about improvement. We must learn how to deal with our daily failures and mistakes in life. The greatness that we want to achieve will only become possible if we become a better person from our past failures. At the end of the day, best is not only about having good quality; it is also about how you become a better person from past failures. It’s not about the money, it’s not about the fame, it is not about the victory, it’s the knowledge and how you became a better person. Failure is just a road to success.”
Mr. Arañas was adjudged as Mr. Talent and Ms. Emanel was also awarded as Ms. Talent, Best in School Uniform and Ms. Smart.
Mr. Mark Arnold Santuyo and Ms. RainalynCapitle from College of Liberal Arts (CLA) won as 1st runners up. Santuyo was also awarded Best in Theme Costume, Best in Barong Filipino and Mr. Smart while Capitle garnered majority of the special awards in the female category. She was awarded Best in Theme Costume, Ms. Photogenic, Best in Playsuit, Best in Philippine Terno, Ms. Sungate Smile and Ms. Smart.
The second runners up were Mr. Christopher Dela Peña from College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE)who was also awarded Best in School Uniform and Best in Short, and Ms. Mila May C. Montallana from College of Nursing.
Other special awards were awarded to Mr. Ivan Eros Toremotcha from College of Engineering and Technology (CET) as Mr. Photogenic and Mr. Sungate Smile and Mr. Meljun G. Dadag from ESU as Mr. Smart.
The Search for Mr. and Ms. WMSU 2016 is one of the highlights of the week-long WMSU Palaro 2016 that carries the theme “From GOOD to GREAT: A Celebration of Teamwork and Excellence through Sports”. This event was spearheaded by the Office of Culture, Theater and the Arts (OCTA). (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)