College students enjoy acquaintance party

The college students of CARD-MRI Development Institute, Inc. (CMDI) came in their best formal attires during their acquaintance party on August 4, 2017 at the auditorium of the said institute.

Aside from the usual party, three events were also held and these are: 1) “The Voice” singing contest; 2) Search for Mr. & Ms. Star of the Night; and 3) Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017, a beauty and brains tilt.

Ms. Glenda Lagarile, Deputy Director for Tertiary Education and Partnership Education Department (TEPED), opened the program and warmly welcomed the students, faculty members, staff, and guests. “We are coming from different walks of life that’s why this is a good opportunity to get acquainted with one another and to have more networks,” she said.

Ms. Deverna Briones, Vice President for Administration and Academic Affairs, advised students to be mindful and accept one another despite individual differences. Moreover, faculty members and staff were introduced along with the induction of class officers.

“The Voice” singing contest was held first and Jestoni Bienvenida showcased his vocal prowess and was declared the champion. Darwin Calcaben and Johnry Duller placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

Meanwhile, faculty members and staff selected and escorted on stage their choices for the Star of the Night titles. John Daven Puntanar and Jaicel Gecolea bested out the other hopefuls and were declared as Mr. & Ms. Star of the Night, respectively.

On the other hand, seven pairs of glamorous students represented their blocks, gracefully ramped on the stage, and confidently introduced themselves in the Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017 pageant. The contenders exhibited not only their physical appearance, but also their wit in answering the questions from the judges. Jun Rey Presores and Regine Macato clearly stood out and bagged the Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017 titles, respectively. Darwin Jay Estabillo and Khristine Joi Bautista were first runners-up while Haneza Sadsad and Iaxe Daryl Martinez were second runners-up.

The party continued with dancing until before midnight and it was very much evident that the students truly enjoyed this fabulous affair.

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Opening Remarks
Ms. Glenda Lagarile, Deputy Director for Tertiary Education and Partnership Education Department (TEPED), greeted and advised students to enjoy the gathering.

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Inspiring words
Ms. Deverna Briones, Vice President for Administration and Academic Affairs, reminded students to unite regardless of individuality and personal differences.

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CMDI Family
The faculty members and staff also dressed up.

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Induction
The class officers recited together the oath of responsibility.

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The Voice
Jestoni Bienvenida, “The Voice” champion, enchanted the audience with his heartfelt song.

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Ladies and Gentlemen
The college students put their best efforts to wear the themed attire.

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Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017 Beauty Pageant
The representatives impressed the crowd with their confidence and intellect. The pairs of candidates are: 1) Regine Macato and Randy Muldez; 2) Myra Joy Mercado and Elbert Paul Lantican; 3) Haneza Sadsad and Jun Rey Presores; 4) Alma Serafines and Darwin Jay Estabillo; 5) Yvonne Victoria and Aljhon Arguelles; 6) Khristine Joi Bautista and Ronron Malandac; and
7) Mary Lou Forbes and Iaxe Daryl Martinez.

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Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017 winners
From left to right: Dr. Edzel Ramos, judge; Haneza Sadsad and Iaxe Daryl Martinez, 2nd runners-up; Regine Macato and Jun Rey Presores, Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017; Khristine Joi Bautista and Darwin Jay Estabillo, 1st runners-up; and the other judges: Ms. Deverna Briones, Mr. Joselito “Pepsi” Gutierrez, Dr. Jennylyn Casano, Ms. Johanna Rañola, and Dr. Reagan Ricafort.

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Nominees for the Star of the Night
Selected students for Star of the Night impressed the crowd as they walked on the stage while projecting and modelling their attire.

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The Stars
John Daven Puntanar and Jaicel Gecolea bagged the Mr. & Ms. Star of the Night titles.

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The Masters of Ceremony
Robielyn Villamor and Alvin Alon, college students, hosted the event.

By Dianne B. Ubaldo; Photos from different sources