Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sizzling Swimsuits in Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016

It was no ordinary job opening. It was in fact the most publicized and attracted more than a hundred job applicants composed of accomplished young ladies from all over Tagbilaran and who had been whittled down to 15 finalists.

 FINAL FIVE: In their official resume photos
Photos: Chris Ramasola
THE JOB TITLE: Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016. 

THE JOB DESCRIPTION: 
To represent Tagbilaran – its vision and ideals – to the entire world by advocating beauty with a purpose that transcends physical beauty. Aside from representing the city in Miss Bohol 2016, the winner will also lend her voice to espouse her advocacy and will grace all the important social affairs of the city. 
- Tagb City First Lady Jane Cajes- Yap & Project Chair
The job opening culminated in the selection and hiring of the successful job applicant after a fast- paced two hour LIVE job interview held at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium.  It was a unique selection process as the girls were also required to compete in two important competitions aside from the job interview. 
 Mutya from Tiptip, Pob II & Dampas
The swimsuit competition which highlighted the girls’ physique gave the judges and the audience the chance to determine who among the girls was the most fit and most disciplined to perform her job responsibilities. 

Charmers from Manga, San Isidro & Cabawan
  
The gown competition was an opportunity for the applicants to present their elegance and charm to Tagbilaranons who were in the venue that night. After all, the winner will represent them for one whole year.

Here come the girls from Bool, Mansasa & Dao

Legs, legs & more legs from Cogon, Pob III & Booy



It was not an easy task for the panel of judges as the finalists were all prepped up months before just as anyone would for an important job interview. Regardless of the outcome, all the girls ended up as winners because of the invaluable training, exposure & intensive personality enhancement sessions that they were able to avail of.

Taloto, Pob I & Ubujan

Congratulations to Queenebeth Barcelona of Manga for being hired as the city’s ambassadress of goodwill. A deserving applicant I must say. Here’s to a memorable and wonderful year of a fulfilling & rewarding career opportunity! Cheers!

Swimsuit Photos by Ric Obedencio

Queenebeth Barcelona is Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016

It was her destiny to be crowned the queen who will reign over Tagbilaran for the next 12 months. In fact, she was even named after Queen Elizabeth and that is what she is right now. 

Candidate # 10 Miss Manga Queenebeth Barcelona was royalty personified & the epitome of an elegant & regal queen when she was crowned the Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 at the conclusion of a fast- paced two hour pageant held at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium, April 24. 
Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 is Queenebeth Barcelona 
The winning form of Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 
Named 1st RU  was  #13Taloto Jasmine  S. Jaeckel, 2nd RU #5 Bool Maygan Joyce A. Besa, 3rd RU #7 Cogon Natalie Belle O. McGaw, 4th RU   #15 Ubujan Erika Sofia N. Karcher.

 L-R: 3rd RU Cogon, 1st RU Taloto, Winner Ms Manga, 2nd RU Bool 4th RU Ubujan



The five ladies were named as finalists after topping the swimsuits, evening gowns, interviews & talent competitions. 



 Mutya 2016 with Mayor Baba Yap, First Lady Jane Yap & Mutya 2015 winner
Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 Complete Results:

 FINAL RESULTS
 WINNERS
Mutya 2016 
#10 Manga Queenbeth I. Barcelona
1st RU  
#13 Taloto Jasmine  S. Jaeckel
2nd RU                
#5   Bool Maygan Joyce A. Besa
3rd RU                 
#7   Cogon Natalie Belle O. McGaw
4th RU                 
#15  Ubujan Erika Sofia N. Karcher

1ST Set of Awards:

AWARD
WINNER
Best in Prodn Number
# 15 Ubujan
Miss Congeniality
# 3 Dampas
Miss Photogenic
# 7 Cogon
Miss Smart        
# 15 Ubujan
Miss Globe                         
 # 15 Ubujan
Miss SAVE n EARN
# 7 Cogon
Miss Cloud Phone
#10 Manga
Miss Renaissance Spa  
#15 Ubujan
Miss Bohol Tropics         
#4 Dao
Miss Talent        
#5 Bool

2ND Set of Awards:

AWARD
WINNER
Best in Swimsuit             
# 15 Ubujan
Best in Interview
# 15 Ubujan
Darling of the Crowd
# 15 Ubujan
Darling of the Press
# 13 Taloto
Best in Gown
# 7 Cogon

PANEL OF JUDGES 

Members of the panel of judges chaired by designer Cary Santiago were  Bb Pilipinas Intl 2015 Janicel Lubina, Bb Pilipinas- Supranational 2015 Rogelie Catacutan, Bb Pilipinas Universe 2009 Bianca Manalo, celebrity stylist Liz Uy, stars Sarah Lahbati, Diana Meneses, Mr. Philippines Intl 2015 Reniel Villareal, Aces & Queens founder & beauty queen mentor Jonas Gaffud, Bohol First Lady Pureza Chatto, top mane & make up maven Jonas Borces, basketball great Asi Taulava,  

Providing entertainment were ABS CBN PBB 2nd Placer Tommy Esguerra & the Shirley Cruz- Halili School of Ballet.

Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 was hosted by eventologist Tim Yap & Miss Earth 2008 Karla Ginteroy Henry.
 PAGEANT EMCEES: Tim Yap & Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry

Congratulations to City Mayor Bab Yap for the successful staging of the glamorous highlight of the Saulog sa Tagbilaran 2016. The lion's share of course goes to First Lady Jane Yap, Mutya sa Tagbilaran Project Chair who showed how meticulous atention to details, hands- on chairmasnship & genuine desire to give Tagbilaranons a most memorable event result in a dazzling & entertaining show that is proudly Tagbilaran- made.

Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2016 has in fact just set the bar for beauty competitions in Bohol. Aside from the topnotch production values, artistic merit, fast- pacing & the star- studded cast, the entertainment value was superb including the suspense and excitement that were building up as the pageant got nearer and nearer its conclusion. 

A more detailed report is coming up! 

Photo Credits: Gerald James Cabal, Ric Obedencio

Friday, April 22, 2016

Danao's Bet for Miss Bohol 2016 & Maxine Medina are Cousins!

Did you know that Maria Mika Maxine Perez Medina, our newly- crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2016 is the first cousin of Glyssa Bingas Perez, the Boholana who traces her roots in Danao and the 2014 Miss Philippines Australia titleholder?
 CROWNED  COUSINS: Glyssa Bingas Perez & Maxine Perez Medina
Maxine’s mom, Marife Perez Medina, a senior area manager in Makati for one of the country’s biggest banks, is the youngest sister of Godofredo Perez, the father of Glyssa. The Boholano connection of Glyssa is care of mom Yolie Bingas who is from Danao, Bohol. 
CONFIDENT & CHARMING  COUSINS 
Glyssa who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce major in finance last March 2016 in Australia has been so inspired with her Ate Maxine’s victory that it’s now all systems go for her as Danao’s bet for Miss Bohol which incidentally marks its 90th year since Ascension Gaviola of Jagna was crowned Miss Bohol 1926.
 CLASS & CARRIAGE
Lazada Philippines
The 5’ 7” beauty was here in Bohol a year ago for a Danao Eco Adventure Park photo shoot and to reconnect with her Boholano relatives in Danao. When asked why she wants to join Miss Bohol when she could go straight to a national pageant, she replied 
"it would be a big honor for me to represent my mom's hometown Danao in Miss Bohol & to carry the name of Bohol if I were given the chance to compete in the nationals"
Glyssa with her aunt, the lovely Danao Mayor Naty Gonzaga & Your Roving Eye

If indeed Glyssa Perez will compete in Miss Bohol this July, will she do an Elle Gonzales or surpass all expectations and clinch the crown hands down? 


With rumors swirling that Karen Gallman, another Fil- Aussie beauty who landed in the Top 12 and voted Miss Photogenic in Bb Pilipinas 2012 as Ubay’s flag bearer, we expect a battle of the glamazons as Panglao is reportedly fielding a 5' 8" towering beauty.

With more than a dozen towns grooming and prepping up their bets for Bohol’s most prestigious crown, this year's edition of Miss Bohol would indeed be a fitting way to celebrate 90 years of the Boholana's beauty & charm

We shall find out a few months from now.

Photo Credits: Luis del Rosario Photography & Ghen Lumayag Photography

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