and Miss University Pageant moved in a new direction this
year by including a Service for Peace program for all candidates
as part of their orientation. They brought gifts and friendship
to Korean orphans and children with special needs before the
contest, and it moved them all deeply to work for peace.
20 participants representing 11 countries entered this the
24th international pageant, which has advocated
'World Peace' and 'Purity' since it was founded in 1978. The
winners will work with Service for Peace as Campus Ambassadors
for One Global Family.
The final phase of the pageant, the talent presentations and
public interviews, took place in the Little Angels Art Performance
Center in Seoul on Valentines Day. Many participants spoke
before performing to express their ideas and they touched
people's heart deeply. Each of them showed their characteristics
and their concerns through the forms of martial arts, singing,
dancing or skits.
However, for me the most important and most interesting section
were the public interviews. Candidates were first asked that
what they would want to do if they became the President of
their nations, and then what they would want to do to bring
world peace if they won the honor of Mister or Miss University.
Mr. Japan, the eventual winner, pointed out that the education
system would be what he wanted to change in order to help
young people solve their confusion of not knowing where to
go, what to do and how to value life and other's lives. Miss
Thailand said that keeping the heart of living for others
would be the real beginning, and that she would dedicate herself
to various volunteer project to fulfill world peace.
Staff Take Ownership
Tetsuo O. said that this year's event was the best in
many ways. "This time we brought in Bulgarian, Hungarian,
Thai, Kenyan as well as the Korean and Japanese staff to take
care of the participants." he said. "The team helped to project
the international flavor of the event, and the participants
could learn from the staff a model of an international community.
In this way we were able to train and educate the chapter