Unification News for September 2005

The 27th Mr. and Miss University International Beauty Pageant 2005

The 27th Mr. and Miss University International Beauty Pageant 2005 On July 30, the 27th Mister and Miss University 2005 Beauty Pageant was held at the Little Angels Performing Arts Center in Seoul, Korea. Student delegates from different parts of the globe participated in this prestigious event to celebrate peace, beauty, camaraderie and culture. The winners are to become Campus Peace Ambassadors for One World Family to spread the culture of peace in their campuses, communities and the world.

Mr. America and Miss Thailand were announced as First Runners Up. The Talent Awards went to Mr. Tanzania, who performed a creative show about cooking, and Miss Tianjin China, who performed a traditional Chinese dance. Mr. Tianjin China and Miss Philippines won the Service Awards for their outstanding performance and leadership during the DMZ project. The Mr. and Miss University International 2005 Awards went to Mr. Korea and Miss Russia, who thanked all the organizers and each delegate for the memorable experience that they had in Korea during the entire course of the pageant.

The day that everyone was waiting for finally arrived. Even as the day started with another rehearsal session, the delegates could be seen with a little extra hop in their step. A walk thru of the whole program occupied the whole morning as the delegates were better prepared having a better sense of knowing where to stand and when to enter and get off stage. Just like the day before, however, standing on stage in the hot light and doing a lot of waiting behind stage drained the delegates. But huge gleams filled their faces when they saw the pizza and hamburgers arriving for lunch.

All the delegates enjoyed their meal as many quickly gobbled down their food. Before resuming the next session, some of the delegates got in a little fun on stage. Miss America and Tanzania imitated being emcees, calling on people to perform songs; some good, some bad, but the key ingredient was fun and laughter as they enjoyed a time to relax as one family before the big show.

A small practice of announcing the finalists and winners took place before the delegates started getting ready. With a makeup room set up between the menÁøs and womenÁøs dress rooms, the delegates came out flashing in their national costumes. Even before the main event, just being in backstage with these beautiful young men and women was an honor. Some family, friends, and guests of the delegates came to take pictures, but most of them were found being anxious, practicing their Q&A answers or walking around trying to calm themselves down.

When the clock ticked 7pm, the show was ready to begin. There was a short opening dance performance before the delegates entered the stage in their glamorous national costumes and introduced themselves by country. Right from the start, the delegates wowed the crowed in their dazzling national wear, taking the breath from everyone in the audience.

Director of HR Development for MMUI, Mr. Massimo Trombin, who witnessed the pageant as one of the judges, said, ÁíThe collection of all the participants in their national costumes held so much power. It was such a stunning sight that left the whole crowd captivated.Á▒

A well made video, introducing MMU and its history briefed the audience about MMU and its goals leading the way for the 7 finalists of the talent show. They were: Miss Thailand, Mr. Russia, Miss Hungary, Mr. Tanzania, Miss Tianjin China, Mr. Chinese Taipei, and Miss Korea in that order. Miss Thailand drew the audience in with her graceful ballet mixed with traditional Thai dancing as Miss Korea playing her Korean drum finished the talent performances, leaving the crowd wanting to see more.

Next was the formal wear parade where the misters got to show off their striking suits and the misses got to display their elegant dresses. It was another showcase of beauty, with the crowd enjoying every moment. Before going into intermission, the delegates gave a short but cute performance where the guys and girls were first separated, but later found each otherÁøs partner, mixing humor with dance. At this point, the crowd was a little disappointed when the emcees announced it was time for intermission.

Their wait for the second half ended as the theater became dark and a video presentation lit the screens. It was about the trip to the DMZ and the service projects they participated in, which helped the audience get more of a personal feeling for the delegates. Once the lights were back on, the 8 finalists were announced. Each finalist could be seen trying to hold in their excitement. Out of the misters, Mr. America, Korea, Philippines, and Tianjin China were chosen with the misses being, Miss Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, and Russia. Soon after, the Q&A session took place between the delegates and the judges.

As the scoring was taking place, the group, Colors of Love performed. Many of the delegates rushed to the sides of the stage to enjoy their performance, taking many pictures. Before the announcement of the winner of the awards, Mister and Miss University International 2004 came on stage for a small interview explaining their experiences from last yearÁøs program and the service project they were called on to do as Campus Peace Ambassadors.

Finally, the moment of anticipation came as many of the delegates could be sensed with tension. There were four prizes for each: the Talent Award, Service Award, First Runner-up, and Mister & Miss University International 2005. The Talent Awards went to Mr. Tanzania, who performed a creative show of cooking and Miss Tianjin China, who performed a traditional Chinese dance. Mr. Tianjin China and Miss Philippines won the Service Award for their outstanding performance and leadership during the DMZ project.

Momentum was building up as Mr. America and Miss Thailand were announced as First Runner-ups leaving the air chilled and the crowd on the edge of their seats. As the winners of this yearÁøs pageant were being announced, a huge roar came from the audience as their homeland representative, Mr. Korea took the title of Mr. University International 2005. Before Miss University International 2005 could be announced, he was mobbed by the male delegates, showing the closeness of brotherhood that they built together. Miss. University International 2005 went to Miss Russia, and in her interview, started shedding tears of joy, congratulating and thanking every delegate for the awesome time she was able to experience.

It was a captivating night as small fireworks went off to signal the end of this wonderful festive event of beauty. It took awhile for the theater to empty, but there was nothing but cheers that left the whole place feeling moved by this show of harmony between external and internal beauty.

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