As part of the University of Makati School of Law‘s yearly tradition to strengthen fellowship and camaraderie among UMak SOL students, professors, and Admin, the SOLGOV Executive Board headed the SOL Night 2022, with the theme Enchanted Forest, held last December 20, 2022, at the 11th Floor, Cafeteria of HPSB.
To kick off the program, Atty. Jord Valenton and Ms. Naye Hedriana led the invocation with their rendition of “I will sing,” followed by Dean Jay Layug’s Opening Remarks. Throughout the event, there were raffle giveaways and prizes given to the lucky winners who attended the event. Among which were cash prizes, planners, Katinko sets, coffee sets, tablets sponsored by Senator Nancy Binay, and a lunch/dinner buffet for two at Corniche, Diamond Hotel from Hon. Jejomar Binay. The program also gained momentum thanks to the exciting games in which students and professors from UMak SOL participated.
One of the event’s highlights is the search for the Mr. and Ms. School of Law 2022. The pageant was participated by Mr. Lyndonn Perez (JD1A) and Ms. Joerella Yve Buncad (JD1A), Mr. George Jefferson Quindao (JD1B) and Ms. Czarina Mae Dionglay (JD1B), Mr. Jason Felix Saluya (JD2A) and Ms. Naomi Angel Caparal (JD2A), and Mr. Mark Angelo Barizo (JD3) and Ms. Lea Dominique Festin (JD3). The candidates flaunted their best costumes and dresses in the Theme Wear and Gown Competition, respectively. Further, they showcased their talents and wits in the talent and question and answer portions of the pageant. In the end, Mr. Lyndonn Perez from JD1A and Ms. Lea Dominique Festin from JD3 won the title of Mr. and Ms. SOL 2022. In addition, Ms. Joerella Yve Buncad (JD1A) and Mr. Lyndonn Perez (JD1A) won the best in theme wear, while Mr. Jason Felix Saluya (JD2A) and Ms. Naomi Angel Caparal (JD2A) won the best in talent.
On top of the awards given to the Mr. and Ms. SOL 2022 candidates, special awards, such as Best Block of the Night, Early Bird Award, Enchantress of the Night, and Knight in Shining Armor, were given to the chosen UMak SOL students, professors, and Admin who attended the program. With their commitment to supporting their candidates and having fellowship amongst peers, JD3 won the Best Block of the Night, while Ms. Issabel Sallador from JD1A won the Early Bird Award. The Enchantress of the Night was awarded to Ms. Judie Anne Abejero- Bonifacio. The Knight in Shining Armor was awarded to Mr. Juny Velez. Dean Jay Layug, Jr. and Ms. Kazel Ann Andaleon bagged the best costume awards for the UMak SOL professors and Admin’s category.
Without the stellar performances of our brilliant professors and the heartfelt singing and dancing of the UMak SOL students, the Enchanted Forest experience would not be complete. Ms. Naye Hedriana of JD3, accompanied by Atty. Jord Valenton, on the keyboard, sang “Forevermore.” Also, Ms. Moai Larita of JD4 gave her rendition of Speechless. Lastly, Mr. Juny Velez and Ms. Ana Margarita Perez, both from JD4, and Ms. Genelyn Dimasuay from JD3, grooved to the beat in their stellar dance number. Atty. Angel Chona Grace Valero-Nuñez initiated the singing of “12 Days of Christmas,” which the UMak SOL professors followed. The UMak SOL students also showcased their singing prowess through a pass-the-mic challenge. Indeed, everyone enjoyed an enchanting night throughout the program.
The event would not be possible without the help of the people who contributed their time and effort to make the event successful: the event hosts, game masters, performers, tech team, creatives team, decors team, registration committee, food and drinks committee, photographers, tabulators, usherettes, Mr. and Ms. SOL candidates and judges, stage directors, UMak SOL admin and SOLGOV Executive Board to the UMak offices which extended their support and assistance. The SOLGOV Executive Board is likewise grateful to the sponsors and donors who extended their financial assistance and provided tokens as raffle prizes.