HIGALA INTERNATIONAL: STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (HI: SAW) held its annual Mr. and Ms. Silliman International last Feb. 18 at Sierra Hotel.
The theme of the event was “Colors of Culture within the Campus by the Sea.”
Sarah Towett, HI:SAW president, said that the event was a way for them to come together as international students of Silliman University (SU) and celebrate their diverse cultural backgrounds.
“This event is more about culture and since February is known in the Philippines as international month and as international students we decided to also organize at least something we could celebrate basing on the international culture,“ Towett said.
During the awarding of the pageant, Mr. USA-Steve Sanchez and Ms. Nigeria-Oghogho Ovonlen were hailed Mr. and Ms. Silliman International 2017 while Mr. Nigeria-Emmanuel Akinbode and Ms. Korea-Sun Reong Ok were 1st runnerup. On the other hand, Mr. Germany-Yannic Schmidt and Ms. Switzerland-Lisa Nicole Beusch came in as 2nd runner-up.
The previous titles of Mr. and Ms. Silliman International were held by Mr. Indonesia-Guido Sebayang and Ms. Korea-Helena Yang.
HI: SAW is an official organization that gathers international students in SU to learn more about other cultures as well as sharing and teaching their own to other Dumagueteños.