This year's College of Business Administration representative has reclaimed the title of Miss Silliman for her college after seven years.
Sophia Cassandra Diago, second year management student and the youngest among the ten candidates of this year’s pageant, expressed her joy and admitted that she did not realize that she was proclaimed as Miss Silliman 2014 until Miss Mass Communication moved forward to be awarded as first runner-up.
“I’m very thankful, I’m very blessed. I thank the Lord for giving me this strength for the entire journey and to reach this destination,” she said happily, while catching her breath after entertaining all the people that came after her for pictures.
“[Also, I would like to express] a big thank you to my family who has been the best support system ever and to my friends who are here [for the entire duration of the pageant], and also my college – I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of them,” she added.
Furthermore, she said that she is very willing to work with other organizations in promoting her advocacy.
“[One is] to collaborate with the College of Performing and Visual Arts in coming up with programs such as painting and dancing as an alternative way for the bullied and the bully to expressing themselves,” she said.
Dr. Gloria G. Futalan, dean of the College of Business Administration (CBA), admitted that “I did shout at the top of my lungs because I know that she would make it.”
“Deep in my heart, I know she was a winner when we picked her from about twelve CBA ladies, the first time I saw her, I said – this is the girl. When I heard her speak during the selection process, I knew that she is Miss CBA. Now that I watched her perform, I say, the crown is ours this year,” she said joyfully.
Being mentioned as Sophia’s inspiration during the preliminary questions, Gladys Diago, Sophia’s mother, said that she was “overwhelmed and very happy, relieved and very proud.”
She also said that she never hesitated to support Sophia to join the pageant.
“I supported her from day one. Any of my two daughters, anything that they want that I know it’s good for them I will really support them all the way,” she said.
Aside from being the Miss Silliman 2014, Sophia also garnered awards for being the Best in Production Number (both in pre-pageant and coronation night), Best in Themed Wear, Miss Photogenic, Best in Evening Gown, Miss Power Print’s Smile, Miss Mixed Berry, and the Smart’s Choice Award.
This year’s Miss Silliman 2014 first runner-up is Queenie Maria Guibao from the College of Mass Communication who was also awarded as Best Speaker, Best in Platform Speech, Miss Professionalism, Miss Congeniality, Darling of the Press, and Miss Ever Bilena.
The second runner-up is Dorothy Jane Cediño, from the Institute of Rehabilitative Sciences. Mary Ann Monda, from the College of Nursing, is the third runner-up. The fourth runner-up is Raina Inez Baldado from the College of Engineering and Design who was also awarded as Miss Silliman Foundation.
By DM Lorena V. Narciso