For the third year in a row, I have been invited to judge the finals of Mr & Ms Systems College Plus Foundation (SPCF) in Angeles City. This time around, I was tasked to be the Chairman of the Board of Judges in what is considered to be the most aggressive college-wide beauty and scholarship pageant this side of Pampanga.
Every year, the people behind the annual event steps it up a notch in terms of production. The 2019 edition is clearly the best so far with a staging that pieced together the various segments of the competition for a cohesive program that went well from start to finish. What’s more, the Kapampangan Festival costume part that opened the entire proceedings gave it a very gleaming appeal – setting the tone for a nicely-paced effort complimented by the quick tabulation of scores and an engaging trio of hosts – Rennier Perez, Gab Alfonso and Rebecca Murphy.
Congratulations to all the winners. Senior High School students Mark Joshua Cortez and Lyra Punsalan achieved back-to-back wins for the department and proved that they can outshine their older counterparts once the going gets tough. Other notable placers include Mr & Ms Montage SPCF Arthur Pingul and Misty Reigne Panganiban (who together with the victorious pair, won 100% scholarships for two semesters) plus 1st Runners-Up Romer Vitug & Charm Obiacoro, 2nd Runners-Up Jefferson Basco & Patricia Arevalo, 3rd Runners Up Aldrin de Guzman & Maxine Manalus and 4th Runners-Up Dennis Duya & Tricia Zabala (all granted with 75% scholarships for two semesters).
A big kudos goes to the Prod21 team headed by Director Larry Garcia who went out of their way to deliver a finals night output that can surpass the quality of pageants in the Province of Pampanga and even give regional pageants a run for their money. Big thanks to Montage International of the very generous Andy Diokno Marantal for being the Co-Presenter this year.
Senior High School students Deserie Balajadia and Raymond Lance Aguilar after their proclamation as Mr & Miss SPCF 2018
Pageant-wise, you can tell how promising an educational institution is when they hold their annual competition (which pits the college students side-by-side Senior high school standouts) and the youngest candidates would prevail over the older ones. Such is the case last Tuesday night when I was invited to sit on the judges’ panel as Chairman of the Board to select the winners of Mr & Miss SPCF (Systems Plus College Foundation) 2018 in Angeles City.
True, there were several noteworthy contenders among the tertiary students, but nobody close enough to outshine the efforts of young teenagers Raymond Lance Aguilar and Deserie Balajadia in stealing the thunder from among their older opponents. The tall young lady is a potential beauty queen, while her male counterpart is a future Medical student who articulates his thoughts with such clarity.
I just wanted to share my pleasure in judging the said pageant where the winners will also travel to Bangkok to be the school’s Ambassadors in SPCF’s upcoming partnership with other schools in the Thai capital.
I doff my hat to the entire production team (especially Director Larry Garcia) for coming up with an excellent staging of the annual pageant. I was also in the panel last year and the 2018 output definitely surpassed all previous editions combined.
The 24 Official Candidates of Mister Philippines 2017
Yesterday afternoon at the Music Box in Quezon City, the twenty four (24) Official Candidates of Mister Philippines were introduced to members of the media in a Press Presentation that allowed each one of them to undergo Q&As with all guests present.
From as far north as Cagayan and Ilocos Sur all the way down to Agusan del Sur, these Bachelors showed why they deserve to win one of the four titles at stake: Mister Real Universe Philippines, Mister Global Philippines, Mister Global Teen Philippines and Mister Grand International Philippines (the very first). The pre-pageant will take place this coming Sunday, April 2, with the finals set for April 7 – both at the SpCF (Systems Plus College Foundation) in Angeles City, Pampanga.
More about the competition in the days to come!
All photos taken by Joy Arguil for normannorman.com
The 24 Bachelors of Mister Philippines 2017