Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mary Abigail Besas is Crowned the First Matahum sa Ubay!

It was a most glittering beauty pageant that had people in Ubay and neighboring towns talking about it for days. 

A clear vindication for the newly- formed Performing Artists of Ubay (PAU) who were met with skepticism when they announced their intent to stage a pageant that would showcase not only the beauty & achievements of Ubaynon women but also the grace and artistry of outstanding Ubaynons in the creative, visual and performing artists.
 Matahum Pageant Chair Arlene Cuyno crowns
the first Matahum sa Ubay queen

Ubay First Lady & ABC Pres. Violy Reyes crown the 1st RU
while Ubay Mayor Constan Reyes looks on
 L-R: Miss Bohol 2016 Glyssa Perez, Mrs. Arlene Cuyno, Matahum Abigail Besas, 
Michelle Sarabosing- Curit & USec ArtyEvangelista

  PAGEANT EMCEES: Your Roving Eye and Rona Boyonas
   Two of the nine judges intently watch the girls onstage

Mary Abigail Besas, an 18 year old Architecture student from De La Salle University bested a bevy of twelve ladies and was named Matahum sa Ubay 2017. Miss Besas, who will be the town’s official bet for Miss Bohol 2017, was also named Best in Gown, Best in Interview and Miss Talent.

The first ever winner of Matahum sa Ubay had no prior pageant experience but she wowed the judges and the crowd with her class & elegance, her spontaneity and her impressive credentials. She is definitely one of the girls to watch out for in the Miss Bohol Pageant this July.
 L-R: 3rd RU Ms. Gonzales, 1st RU Ms. Atuel, Matahum 2017 Ms. Besas,
2nd RU Ms. Autor and 4th RU Ms. Hibaya

Rounding out her court were 1st Runner Up & Karen Lynn Atuel, a Medical Technology intern at Cebu Doctors University. Ms. Atuel was also named Miss Photogenic and Best in Swimsuit.  2nd Runner Up & Best in Production Number was Chona Autor, 3rd Runner Up was Hanna Clarisse Gonzales and 4th RU was Claire Hibaya.
 Two of the nine judges intently watch the girls onstage
 Tourism Officer Antonette, Fiel Gabin,
PSSupt. Natividad & Cong. Aumentado

Cong. Aumentado & wife Vanessa flank
Matahum sa Ubay 2017

 PAGEANT ORGANIZERS Performing Artists of Ubay (PAU)
with Matahum sa Ubay 2017 beauties
The lovely Vanessa Cadorna Aumentado, Miss Bohol 2001 and wife of Cong. Aris Aumentado chaired the panel of judges that included USec Art Evangelista, Administrator of DOTr Office for Transportation Security, reigning Miss Bohol 2016 Glyssa Perez, Miss Tagbilaran 1987 Fiel Angeli Gabin, PNP  Bohol Prov’l Director PSSupt. Felipe Natividad.  


# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Matahum sa Ubay 2017
# 11
Karen Lynn Atuel
1st Runner Up
# 7
Chona Autor
2nd Runner Up
# 5
Hanna Clarisse Gonzales
3rd Runner Up
# 10
Claire Hibaya
4th Runner Up

# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Best in Interview
# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Best in Evening Gown
# 11
Karen Lynn Atuel
Best in Swimsuit
# 7
Chona Autor
Best in Production Number
# 11
Karen Lynn Atuel
Miss Photogenic
# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Miss Talent

People’s Choice
# 3
Flory Jane Flores
Smart Texter’s Choice
# 1
Nancy Basilad
Darling of the Press
# 8
Ma. Trisha Rempillo
Miss Congeniality

Photo Credits: 

Ric Obedencio
Roger Gatal

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Most Photogenic Country in Miss Universe Is...

Did you know that the Philippines holds the record of having the most number of Miss Photogenic winners? Both Vida Doria and Margie Moran were voted on by the accredited press photographers covering the pageant while the last five winners were voted on through the Internet.  
 FIRST PINAY MISS PHOTOGENIC IN MISS U Vida Valentina Doria is voted
Miss Photogenic by the Miss U press photographers
Although Vida Valentina Doria was one of the favorites in the 1971 Miss Universe Pageant, she didn’t advance to the semifinals but she didn’t go home empty- handed and in fact, she entered history books as the first Filipina to get the nod of the discriminating taste of the press photographers covering the pageant by winning the highly- coveted Miss Photogenic special award! Vida’s photogenic features, highly defined cheekbones and sultry appeal didn’t go unnoticed.

Two years later, it was Margarita Moran who won earned the approval of the press who were covering the pageant in Athens, Greece. Margie, in a recent interview recalls how her photos were always splashed on the front pages of the Greek newspapers days leading to the coronation night. 

She became the second Miss Universe and the second Margarita to also win the Miss Photogenic award the first being Margareta Ardvisson od Sweden who was crowned Miss Universe 1966.
 MISS PHOTOGENIC 1996: Aileen Damiles
Aileen Leng Damiles won the Miss Photogenic award that was decided by internet voters. Abbygale Williamson Arenas made it a back-to- back Miss Photogenic award when she won in 1997. 
MISS PHOTOGENIC 1997: Abbygale Arenas

For three years in a  row, we achieved a threepeat with the Miss Photogenic victories of 2005 Gionna Cabrera, 2006 Lia Ramos and 2007 Theresa Licaros. 

MISS PHOTOGENIC 2005: Gionna Cabrera


MISS PHOTOGENIC 2007: Anna Theresa Licaros

Friday, January 13, 2017

Matahum sa Ubay 2017: The Inaugural Edition

Pageantry in Bohol will never be the same again with the launching of  Matahum sa Ubay 2017 during a press presentation held at the Municipal Hall of Ubay.

Matahum sa Ubay 2017 is the search for Ubay’s finest daughter  who embodies beauty and confidence. Aside from being the official representative of Ubay in the Miss Bohol 2017 pageant, the winner will also act as a role model and who will dedicate herself in promoting environmental advocacy and embracing change that would lead to the progress of modern Ubay.
 Ubay First Couple Mayor Constan Reyes & First Lady Violy Reyes
with four of the Matahum sa Ubay beauties

Performing Artists of Ubay (PAU), a non- profit, talent- support focus group of Ubaynons who have excelled in dancing, singing, acting and music instrument playing is the founder and organizer of Matahum sa Ubay 2017.
 Ubay Mayor Constan Reyes with press people Bryan Agua,  Ric Obedencio &
ur Roving Eye during the Matahum sa Ubay 2017 press presentation 
PAU’s President John Larry Evangelista revealed that the group has already initiated efforts for a partnership with the Solid Waste Management and the Ubay Tourism Office to achieve the mission and vision of the pageant.
 Ubay 's last placement in Miss Bohol was in 2004 with Katie Lynn Atuel
On behalf of the LGU, Ubay Mayor Constan Reyes assured the organizers & the press of the LGU’s commitment to support and develop the culture and arts scene of Ubay with the cooperation and active participation of Ubaynons through PAU, pageant organizers.
 Matahum sa Ubay 2017 organizers & candidates 
 With the Matahum sa Ubay 2017 Project Chair Arlene Reyes- Cuyno

Twelve candidates who have undergone public speaking & personality development workshops will vie for the crown and the P30,000 cash prize on Thursday, January 26, 8 pm at Ubay’s Ramon Magsaysay Gymnasiuym.
 # 10 Claire Hibaya, # 11 Karen Lynn Atuel & # 12 Mary Abegail Besas
#7 Chona Autor, # 8 Ma. Trisha Rempillo and # 9 Josephine Polestico

# 2 Sheira Quinlog and # 6 Angelica Damonlog


 # 1 Nancy Basilad  and # 3 Flory Jane Flores

Pageant organizers have promised a very glamorous and exciting coronation night.

 blog photographer Roger Gatal  & wife Faye with the beauties 
Catch the excitement & the glamour on January 26, Grand Coronation Night!

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