by RONALYN BANAKEN
A group of Japanese students showcase their country’s national costume during the fashion show.
In a distinctive showcase of cultural diversity, the University of Baguio (UB) staged the UB United Nations Day celebration, highlighted by the Mr. and Ms. United Nations 2016 and a show of cultural performances including a fashion show at the Centennial Hall on Nov. 7.
Ayat Mohamed Abdelaty was crowned Ms. United Nations 2016. The 22-year-old lass from Egypt studies Dentistry in UB.
US-born Rebecca Matillano, 19, finished as first runner-up. Matillano studies Bachelor of Arts in Music. Singapore native Joey Zuoyi Ng, 19, settled as second runner-up. Ng is a freshman Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student of the University.
Meanwhile, Phuoc Quy Yen Nguyen (Vietnam), 20, who studies Bachelor of Arts in English, landed as third runner-up while Yeyoung Jang (Korea), 19, won as fourth runner-up. Jang is taking Bachelor of Arts in English.
On the other hand, Chitrayuth Chutchaipholrat (Thailand) was crowned Mr. United Nations 2016. Chutchaipholrat, 22, studies Bachelor of Arts in English. Marwan Rajab, 21, clutched the first runner-up title. He is from Jordan and is taking Dentistry.
Mohammed Mohamed, 22, finished as third runner-up. He is also studying Dentistry. He is from Sudan.
The UB International Students’ Association, which has over 300 members, spearheaded the activity.
The event is in commemoration of the United Nations Day, observed on the 24th of October every year. The United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from October 20 to 26.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has stressed the profound role cultural diversity plays in advancing development. “Cultural diversity is a driving force of development… I
The UB cultural group performs during the pageant.
Chitrayuth Chutchaipholrat from Thailand won as Mr. United Nations 2016.
Mr. UN 2016 Chitrayuth Chutchaipholrat with Shirley Diño, adviser of the UB International Students’ Association, and
Amado Orden Jr., director of the UB Office of Student Affairs
Ayat Mohamed Abdelaty from Egypt was crowned Ms. United Nations 2016.
Ms. UN 2014 Abena Osei crowns Abdelaty as the judges look on. From left: Ronalyn Banaken, writer, style blog editor and publicist for UB; Antonio Paulite, owner of Anthoniuz Floral Designs; and Froilan Aspa, UB registrar. Lourdes Samson-Daoas, executive secretary of Altus Holdings Corporation, and Justin Patrick Samson, adviser of the UB Supreme Student Council, also composed the board of judges.
Ms. UN 2016 Ayat Mohamed Abdelaty with the other candidates and some members of the UB International Students' Association