As part of the annual Filipino Month culmination activity, the Filipino Department of the University of San Carlos hosted the Lakan at Lakambini ng Wika 2014 last August 29, 2014 in Rigney Hall which was filled with students taking up Filipino 1 classes.
Fifteen pairs of lovely and good-looking candidates came up the stage, introduced themselves in their assigned Filipino dialect and walked gracefully and confidently down the red carpet runway. In a production number with the song, ‘Piliin ang Pilipinas’, these candidates also showcased their skills in dancing.
This year, the Lakan and Lakambini 2014 had two sets of judges – one set judged the Lakan candidates and the other judged the Lakambini candidates. The members of the set of judges for the Lakan candidates were Mrs. Christy Tan-Constantino, Mr. Kenneth Cavanlit and Mr. Raul Gonzales. For the Lakambini candidates, the judges were Mrs. Rowanne Maxilom, Mrs. Luz Geronimo and Mrs. Cecille Quibod Castro.In the end, only 3 pairs of candidates won. The Lakan and Lakambini ng Wika 2nd runners up were Mr. Jason Kent Cuadra from BTM and Ms. Angela Nicole Elpa from BS BA. Mr. Neal Austin Sia from BS HRM and Ms. Kaye Empuerto from BS Che were Lakan at Lakambini 1st runners-up. Finally, Mr. Witchtofen Intong from BS Econ and Ms. Karen Kate Ting from BS BA were crowned as the Lakan at Lakambini 2014.
This activity also served as an awarding ceremony as the results and prizes were announced and given out for the different activities that happened throughout the month of August such as the Bangga sa Balak, Tagisan ng Talino, Bangga sa Banda and Larawikain.
During the culminating activity, birthday celebrants from the Filipino faculty were asked to come up on stage, too. Lakan and Lakambini contestants gave these celebrants bouquets of flowers while the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’.