The Words of the Piloton Family

Creating a Beautiful World with Beautiful People in Beautiful Philippines

Jodessa Piloton
September 7, 2006

It was a night of radiating beauty as the 14 pairs from different countries across the globe strut out their wit and character during the 28th Mister and Miss University International Beauty Pageant held this year in the beautiful islands of the Philippines. 1,500 people watched the pageant night held last August 14, 2006 at the theater of the premier university of the Philippines, University of the Philippines, in Diliman, Quezon City.

The crowd serenaded as the hosts, popular young Filipino artists Brad Turvey and Issa Litton with the anchor Karel Marquez called-up the candidates as they sang their hearts out in their National Costume parade to the tune of Eric Clapton's "Change the World" together with a beautiful production number from the Kaisahan Dance Company and the Philippine Women's University Female Ensemble.

The Chairperson of the 28th Mister and Miss University International Organizing Committee, Gov. Leonida "Baby" Bayani Ortiz delivered her welcome remarks by emphasizing on the internal beauty of a person and how honored she was, as a part of this annual global parade of young Campus Peace Ambassadors. It was then followed by a video presentation about the history of MMU.

Candidates who were chosen to present in the talent portion gave their best performances: Miss Philippines Rachel Kabigting and Miss Mongolia Unurtuul Myagmar each presented a traditional dance, Miss Kenya Evelyn Kendi belted out a song number, Miss Korea Sun Woo Kim managed to dance while singing a Korean traditional song and Miss Chinese Taipei Yao-Hsuan Huang played the clarinet.

On the other hand, Mister Korea Bo Hoon Kim and Mister Georgia Giorgi Chanturia performed a traditional dance, Mister Russia Alexandr Ivanov sang while playing the guitar, Mister Philippines Harold Reyes also sang and sketched at the same time while Mister Mongolia Enkhbayar Budeekhuu entertained the crowd as he tried to play the Morin Khuur (Mongolian National Instrument) and did some throat singing in harmony with the background melody. Cheers from the audience arose when the pair from Mongolia accepted the awards for Best Talent.

After the talent presentation was the formal wear parade of the candidates with their stunning gowns. They walked along the stage with dignity and finesse as advocates of purity among the youth. Later, the audience was delighted when the hosts declared the winners of the special awards. It was not a huge surprise when Mister Thailand Songyod Jittaviriyanukol and Miss Thailand Pattaraporn Kanyamee got the Mister and Miss Friendship award given by The House of Beauty Exclusives (HBC) while Mister Mongolia Enkhbayar Budeekhuu and Ms. Thailand Pattaraporn Kanyamee garnered the Formal wear award.

Afterwards, the video presentation during the delegates' service project in Baseco Compound, Tondo, Manila was shown. The candidates were able to show their true self and compassion of being a part of this once in a lifetime experience. The Service award was then given to Mister Nepal Niraj Baral and Miss Chinese Taipei Yao-Hsuan Huang for excellence in character and transformation in the service project.

This year's program paid special tribute to the candidates from Lebanon who was not able to participate because of the war between Lebanon and Israel. A one-minute of silence was offered for peace to reign in the region and the rest of the world.

The finalists were then cut down to ten. As a pair, Mister and Miss Chinese Taipei, Mongolia, Philippines and Thailand made it while Mr. Nepal and Ms. Korea were without partners. They were then ushered to the question and answer portion

The farewell walk of the 2005 Mister and Miss University International Seong Jin Lee and Nataliya Savalieva was done with their messages of gratitude and congratulations for the next titleholders. The result was then decided and announced. Mister Chinese Taipei Yu-Kai Lin and Miss Thailand Pattaraporn Kanyamee received the First Runner-Up title while the honor for the 2006 Mister and Miss University International was given to Mister Nepal Niraj Baral and Miss Korea Sun Woo Kim.

Distinguished members of the Board of Judges who came from the different sectors of the society graced the event: Hon. Joey Lina, President of The Manila Hotel, Former Senator and Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government stood as the Chairman of the Board; the rest were Gov. Leonida "Baby" Bayani Ortiz the Chairperson of the Mister and Miss University International Organizing Committee and National Treasurer of the National Red Cross of the Philippines; Hon. Josephine Dc Dominguez, Undersecretary of the Liaison Office for Political Affairs, Office of the President; Mr. Roberto De Venecia, President of the Miss Asia Pacific International; Kyoung Hyo Kim, Vice-President for Human Resources, World CARP; Dr. Tony Devine, Vice President, International Education Foundation and Mr. Arnold Vegafria, President and Founder, ALV Productions.

The pageant was shown on Studio 23 and QTV, two TV stations with a national audience some days after the pageant.

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