A senior nursing student, Carlo Christopher Locsin, was enthroned as Mr. Hibalag 2017 last Aug. 26 during the Hibalag Booth Festival.
He was followed by Michael John Budgell from SU Medical Students Association (SUMSA) 1st runner-up, and Emmanuel Akinbode from Higala International Students from Around the World, 2nd Runner Up.
Nine candidates from different organizations in Silliman competed in the advocacy-driven male pageant with this year’s theme “Exemplifying the True Essence of a Millennial Man.”
Locsin said he joined the competition to grow more as a person and to show to his loved ones that he can step out of his comfort zone.
“I feel honored and at the same time excited to be Mr. Hibalag 2017. I would never have achieved this without my super supportive college, family and girlfriend,” he said.
All throughout the pageant, Locsin was promoting his advocacy of strengthening health education in local communities.
“Family, friends, love and even money are just some of the countless things we cannot enjoy unless we prioritize our health,” he said.
He pointed out that as an aspiring nurse, it is his responsibility to impart health teachings among the people.
“We [nurses and nursing students] truly believe that prioritizing prevention over the cure is most importance,” he shared.
The pageant is organized by the Renaissance Youth Leaders Forum (RYLF) during the Founders Day celebration.