The crowd has spoken, and so did the crown!
Out of 24 candidates evaluated by 5 pageant judges, female candidate #9 Lovely Joy M. Bravo, a CHTM representative, and male candidate #1 John Noel R. Baylon, a CHUMS representative were crowned as the 2023 Mr. and Ms. UCU, one of the most-anticipated events of Urdaneta City University's 57th Founding Anniversary, on March 2, held at the University Gymnasium.
When asked, "As a UCU student, what do you think should the University do in activating students' infinite potentials?" Bravo bravely pointed out, "Activating infinite potentials is the ability to know your strengths and recognize your weaknesses. We all know that education is the best element in nurturing our nation. Some people across the board would think that money is the main factor, but that is wrong. Because without education, you will not explore a new idea, you will not be able to develop the world. Without idea, there is no creativity; without creativity, there is no development. We should always remember that education is the most powerful weapon, which we can use to change the world," highlighting the importance of education in the center stage of self and nation-building.
Meanwhile, Baylon, when asked his question, "As an ambassador of UCU, can you contribute to the University's endeavor of activating infinite potentials?" he answered that becoming the best versions of ourselves, rooted in the core values of UCU, will be of great contribution,
"As a Psychology student, gagamitin ko po ang aking boses, gamit ang edukasyon na nakuha ko sa aking university, which is quality education talaga for all. Every time magsasalita ako, makikita nila sa akin ang core values which is integrity, teamwork, competence, and transcendence, and become the best versions of ourselves."
CEA’s Kyla Angeleene A. Tabugan and CHTM’s Angelo M. Francisco were chosen as first runner-ups, while Kayzel Joy B. Nacion, representing CCJE, and Jericson R. Macatiag, representing CAS, were named second runner-ups in the competition. Representatives of CHS and CTE were also among the Top 5 finalists.
Major awards such as Best in School Uniform, Best in Casual Wear, Best in Formal Wear, and The Mannix Awards were decided on during the coronation night. Minor awards were also given, which were the results of the pre-pageant a week before the event, such as Mr. and Ms. Character, Mr. and Ms. Congeniality, Mr. and Ms. Articulate, The Photographer's Choice Award, Mr. and Ms. Photogenic, Best in Production Number, Best in Talent, and the TNT Choice Award.
The night was alive, as students and faculty members of the different competing colleges resoundingly supported their candidates. Indeed, more than anything, the spirit of solidarity among UCUians has been the highlight of the event.