Thursday, January 28, 2016

Meet the Mr & Ms SHOTS 2016 Campus Personality Winners!

The pageant scene is alive and well in Cebu colleges and universities where personality searches are the springboard & training ground for bigger pageant. Small wonder then why most Cebu- trained candidates for regional, national & international contests almost always do well.

  Charming Cuties Corres &  Calunia are the
top winners of Mr. & Ms SHOTS 2016
One such contest, Mr. & Ms. SHOTS 2016 culminated its five- month long contest with the grand finale staged at the Rudolf Rahmann Cultural Center, University of San Carlos, South Campus last January 23.
 MR SHOTS 2016:  1st RU Mr.Alfafara, Mr. Calunia & 2nd RU Mr. Roble.
MR. SHOTS 2016 is # 12 Mr. Jose Rinan Calunia, a BSHRM-AQF-4 student hails from Tubigon, Bohol. The very charming & articulate Mr. Calunia, the reigning Ambongan sa Tubigon 2015 winner also  clinched five special titles, namely; Best in Talent, Mr.Male Model, Mr. Photogenic, Peoples Choice Award and the Best in Semi Formal. Named 1st RU was # 9 Andrew Alfafara and 2nd RU # 13 Keith Roble.

 MS SHOTS 2016: 1st RU Ms. Ricote, Ms.  Corres & 2nd RU Ms.  Sabando
MS SHOTS 2016 was # 6 the tall, pretty & smart Ms. Shaznay Corres. Named as 1st RU was #1 Mattea Amber Ricote and 2nd RU was  # 2 Marybel Sabando

 Mr. Ms SHOTS 2016 & Runners Up 

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All 14 candidates were highlighted in the opening dance number and then competed in semi-formal, casual interview and formal wear before the  judging panel composed of Miss Cebu Wynonah Buot, Blinky de Leon & Sir Jojo Espellita, DHM Chairman whittled down the field to the final six. 
 LAST TWO GIRLS: This photo of Ricote & Corres as
they await the final announcement reminded me of
the 2015 Miss Universe crowning fiasco. Thank God
for the smooth proceedings & good emcees!

 Pageant emcees Gabriel Reyes & Princess Datoon

 FACE OF THE NIGHT: Alexandra Calvo
Now in a contest where judging is subjective and based on a set criteria & judges’ preferences & tastes, there would always be dissenting opinions with the outcome.  And when there is a surplus of strong & competitive candidates, there would always be a favorite or two who won't make the cut  

The exclusion of candidate # 7 Alexandra Brissa Calvo was a bit unexpected. She had the beauty, the charm & the refreshing appeal & rawness of a newcomer in pageants. 

I expect her to learn from this experience, undergo further training and compete in other pageants. She has the potential. 

Paging KF and A & Q. Here’s your raw diamond.

The final Q & A was followed by the proclamation and crowning of winners.

Congratulations again to the winners, to the pageant emcees Gabriel Reyes & Princess Dato-on, to the project chairs Mark YbaƱez & Nikki Angeles and to the organizers, student group SHOTS or the Students for Hospitality Organizations and Tourism Services (SHOTS) for a job well done.

SPECIAL THANKS: Noel Inez for all the outfits

Good luck to Mr. Calunia and Ms. Corres along with their respective 1st RU  Andrew Alfafara and Mattea Amber Ricote as they represent the Dept. of Hospitality Management in the search for Mr. & Ms SBE 2016, interdepartmental search of the School of Business & Economics of University of San Carlos, Cebu City

 Brigitte was Ms SHOTS & Ms SBE 2013 when she won Ms Bohol 2013
See separate story
TRIVIA: Did you know that  Brigitte Tanoja Burato is a former Miss SHOTS and was the reigning Miss SBE 2013 when she was crowned Miss Bohol 2013?

Photo Credits: 

June Escudero of Today's Carolinian 
Students for Hospitality Organizations and Tourism Services

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