Penn State Filipino Association Crowns This Year’s Mr. District 5
On February 25th in room 233 AB at the HUB, the energy was soaring from 7-10 p.m. At the Mr. District 5 pageant show, the audience and the contestants connected in more ways than one.. From the introductions to the performances and speeches of the contestants, everything was executed perfectly.
The evening first began with each of the contestants being introduced and all of them giving answers to questions meant for Mr. District 5 on diversity, important lessons, why they want to be Mr. District 5, and more.
The evening continued with two energetic performances from Penn state’s K-Pop Music and Dance. These dancers swayed to the music and gave the audience a performance they’re sure to remember. Once this dance club finished, Mr. District 5 contestants gave it their all with their own performances. The audience was able to laugh out in joy from their crazy hair flips, funny routines, beautiful voices, amazing dance performances, and overall talent.
After a short intermission, the contestants came back to give an impressionable performance on their culture that judged the contestants on their personality, effectiveness and their general connection to their Filipino culture. One contestant, Joseph Bautista Seares, a junior at the University of the Sciences of Pennsylvania gave an informative presentation about male beauty standards while another contestant, Joshua Lacema, a student from Temple University, gave a chilling performance on the lack of awareness of Asians in the media. Similar to these performances, the others had taken this year’s Mr. District 5 to heart and did everything they could to do their heritage justice.
At this event, we were also able to see the traditional dance of Bangko, showcasing the Penn State Filipino Association’s dedication to their heritage. After such a performance they continued with presenting the superlatives, letting the judges have their say on this year’s competition and finally crowing Mr. District 5. The winner was Joshua Lacema from Temple University, who clearly showed his dedication and love for the competition, his school, and his culture!
With the title of Mr. District 5, there was only one way to celebrate and end the night–with a dance!
Photo Credit: Penn State Filipino Association, Beverly Stokes