The candidates for the Miss Silliman 2017 pageant were formally introduced to the public during the press launch last July 30 at Robinsons’ Place, Dumaguete.
People from local media, along with the audience, were invited the event sponsor, SU Student Government, to ask the candidates questions about current events and issues.
Michael Endab, junior Mass Communication student and director of the press launch, said that aside from being the first public appearance, the press launch was also an avenue for the candidates to make an impression on the Silliman students and the general public.
Endab said, “(The candidates) are really tested by their wit in answering the challenging questions on current events as well as their advocacies, and of course by their character, . . .as they carry themselves on the stage.”
The 11 candidates vying for the prestigious title are Rocyn Honeylou Toquero (College of Nursing), Sarah Faye Dulaca (College of Performing and Visual Arts), Joxel Parao (Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences), Cieline Mona Jalosjos (College of Engineering and Design), Florence Rasanen (College of Mass Communication), Tameera Angelette McQueen (Medical School), Jasmine Helen Dudley Scales (High School), Franz Khyte Bihag (College of Education), Alyssa Palencia (College of Computer Studies), Shekainah Yunque (College of Business Administration), and Giullia Rae Lawas (School of Public Affairs and Governance).
Members of the press, who also served as judges, were Romy Amarado (Gold Label Broadcasting), Jacqueline Veloso-Antonio (Dumaguete Tourism Office), Ray Chen Bahinting (The Weekly Sillimanian), Roy Bustillo (CNN Philippines), Glynda Descuatan (Airtime Production), Choy Gallarde (Sky Cable), and Jennifer Tilos (Negros Oriental Provincial Information Center).
The first question, asked by Descuatan, sought the candidates’ opinions on the recent strike staged by the Silliman University Faculty Association (SUFA).
Most of the candidates expressed their support for SUFA and praised the union members for their “courage in fighting for what was right.”
Some of the other questions that the judges asked the candidates were about President Duterte’s war on drugs; his pronouncement to stop the peace talks with the National Democratic Front/New People’s Army (NPA); openly criticizing others on social media; and helping the victims of the Marawi hostilities.
The press launch comprises 10 percent of the overall score in the Miss Silliman pageant. Coronation Night will be held on August 25 at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex.
The theme of this year’s pageant is “Embodying the Apotheosis of a Silliman Woman.”