By Cyrus A. Natividad
CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, with his wife, Ma’am Angel Robles and Atty. Salex E. Alibogha, Dean, College of Nursing with the CPU Alumni King and Queen 2018, Mr. Rodaniel Sevilla and Mrs. Grace Poli Blair.
This year’s CPU Alumni Night was made more exciting and fabulous by the big turnout of spectators who were waiting on who will be crowned as the “Alumni King and Queen.”
In the recent years, the search had been limited to the quest for Alumni Queen only. However, CPUAAI President Isagani J. Jalbuena commented that “the need to bring back the King [the search for the Alumni King] was generally a demand from the CPUAAI.” It was thought that the search for the Alumni King would bring in more alumni sponsors, classmates and mentors. Also, it was argued that since students hold the annual search for both Mr. and Ms. CPU, it seemed fitting that the alumni should have a parallel event. Thus, the “Search for the Alumni King and Queen” was brought back in 2018.
The purpose of the “Alumni King and Queen” is to raise funds for the CPUAAI, especially, on special projects that CPUAAI and CPU have identified. This year’s proceeds of the “Search for the Alumni King and Queen” will go to the proposed Audio-Video Room in the Alumni Promenade Park.
The winners of the CPU Alumni King and Queen 2018.
Pastor Jec Dan S. Borlado, CPU Elementary School Batch 1997, opened the program with an invocation. Engr. Jalbuena then welcomed Centralians and friends attending this year’s Alumni Night at the Ruby Hall of Grand Xing Hotel, Iloilo City. Afterwards, the Sari-Saot Dance Troupe entertained everyone with a special dance number and the door prizes and election results were announced while dinner was being served.
The Alumni Queen 2017, Miss Charity Daine A. Gamboa, made her farewell walk. This was followed by the presentation of the Alumni King and Queen 2018 and their court.
The Alumni King and Queen 2018 were Mr. Rodaniel Sevilla and Miss Grace Poli Blair, respectively, who both come from the College of Nursing. The 1st Runner Up King and Queen were from the Medical Laboratory Science: Mr. Shenand Earl Ajito and Miss Ema Lin Tamayo Agraviador; the 2nd Runners Up came from the Junior High School: Mr. Jesse Penacerrada and Miss April Dream Te; the 3rd Runners Up were from College of Education: Mr. Randy Lero and Miss Noelynne Ramirez; finally, 4th Runners Up came from the College of Arts and Sciences: Mr. Tristan Robles and Miss Princess Farrah A Havas.
After the coronation of the Alumni King and Queen 2018 and their Court, they were serenaded by Mr. Ascension A. Bautista, CPU Symphonic Band Director. A royal dance then followed.
Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, CPU President, gave the closing remarks emphasizing the Central Spirit of the CPU Alumni. He also invited everyone to come back on next year’s Alumni Homecoming, and also on the Worldwide Alumni Homecoming on February 5-7, 2020 in the campus. The program ended with a closing prayer and benediction by Rev, Cris Amorsolo V. Sian, Senior Pastor, University Church.
The Program was hosted by Mr. Elwin Deo A. Arroyo, CPU HS Batch ‘93 and Miss Carmelle Frances M. Romero, Administrative Officer, Office of the CPU President.