Monday, March 27, 2017

Catherine Cadayona Tabaniag: Bohol's Bet for Miss Philippines Earth 2017

Catherine Cadayona Tabaniag is the third Boholana to have been selected by Island City Mall, Miss Philippines Earth franchise holder in Bohol, as official bet of the province for the national finals set on June 24. 

For complete list of winners, here's the Miss Philippines Earth- Bohol 2017 Results

 Panglao's Catherine Tabaniag triumphs as Miss Philippines earth- Bohol 2017
Photo Credits: Rafael Sanchez

According to Kris Clemena Acero, the newly- crowned Miss Philippines Earth- Bohol 2017 is an 18 year old incoming junior BS Education major in Social Studies in Holy Name University.

 Bohol's bet for the national finals
Photo Credits: Rafael Sanchez & TJ Medrana Photography

 2017 Miss Philippines Earth- Bohol & her Elemental Court
Photo Credits: Rafael Sanchez
As Class Valedictorian of San Agustin Academy, she entered university as an academic scholar and has been a consistent Dean’s Lister.

 Panglao sizzles in her swimwear
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography

Among the beauty titles she has won are Miss Panglao 2013, Miss BACS Academics 2014 (Bohol Association of Catholic Schools), Miss HNU College of Education 2015. She represented her municipality in the 2016 Miss Bohol Pageant but missed the Final Five by the narrowest of margins. 
  Catherine in the summer of her life!
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography
The 5’ 6’’ charmer sees beauty pageants as empowering for women and hopes to realize not only her environmental awareness campaign but also her literacy advocacy through book reading in communities with the highest dropout rates.
with pageant host Carlo Roy Roslinda 
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography
She has started her advocacy in Panglao in partnership with the Rotaract Club of Panglao Island where she serves as the Club Secretary. Consistent with her belief that education is power, she admires Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, for his advocacy of reforming the out-of-school youth in poverty- stricken communities through education.

 with her dance drama about Mother Earth's plea to humanity 
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography
As Bohol’s bet for Miss Philippines Earth 2017, she will spotlight in her ecotourism video how Panglao, Bohol’s crowning jewel in tourism, has initiated the different ecotourism and marine conservation projects through the LGU of Panglao in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Panglao Island and the Rotaract Club of Panglao Island.

during the Talent Competition
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography
  in a tight hug with debutante Mutya sa Tagbilaran Queenebeth Barcelona with
whom she forged a friendship during Miss Bohol 2016.
With escort  Kier Maguyon
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography
Photo Credits:

TJ Medrana Photography
Rafael Sanchez

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Panglao is Bohol's Bet for Miss Philippines Earth 2017

She missed one of the five final spots in Miss Bohol 2016 by the narrowest of margins but that did not deter her from pursuing her dream of representing her beloved Panglao and the province of Bohol in a national beauty competition. 
 Panglao’s Catherine Tabaniag is Bohol’s Bet for Miss Philippines Earth 2017

Last night, her dream became a reality when she was picked by a select panel of judges from a field of 11 candidates as Bohol’s official bet for the national finals of Miss Philippines Earth 2017during the Grand Coronation held at the ICM Activity Center.
 With Your Roving Eye at one of their pre- pageant events
Meet Catherine Cadayona Tabaniag, a consistent Dean’s Lister and a BS Education major. She graduated Class Valedictorian from San Agustin Academy in Panglao, Bohol and is hopeful that her academic background would come in handy when she embarks on an environmental awareness campaign in Panglao elementary schools.

 L-R: 1st RU Tubigon, MPE Bohol 2017 Panglao, 2nd RU Tagbilaran City & 3rd RU Candijay 
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography
ELEMENTAL COURT OF BEAUTIES Rounding out the Elemental Court of Beauties are Candie Dianne Cervantes of Tubigon as Miss Phil Earth Bohol- Air (equivalent to 1st RU),  Perlie Jeverola of Tagbilaran City as Miss Phil Earth Bohol- Water (2nd RU) and Carmela Mae Aniasco Gumatay of Candijay as Miss Phil Earth Bohol- Fire (3rd RU)

 Catherine sends a message from Mother Earth during the Talent Competition
SPECIAL AWARDS Miss Tabaniag also bagged four of the eight special awards at stake. She was named Best in Interview, People’s Choice Awardee, Best in Photoshoot and Sister’s Choice Awardee.

Candie Diane was named Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown. Carmela Mae was named Miss Talent for her entertaining performance as Moana. The Best In Eco Tourism Video award went to Larrisa Millanar of Dauis.

  FANTASTIC FOUR : Catherine, Candie, Perlie & Carmela

 L-R: Mr. Torralba, Mr. Dela Serna, Ms. Genina Abrau, MPE Bohol 2017,
Melanie Mader MPE Air 2016 & Astrud Schuck of Carousel Productions
PANEL OF JUDGES Tagbilaran City GSO Head John Torralba, Mister Supranational- Philippines 2016 AR De La Serna , Miss Philippines Earth- Water 2016Melanie Mader and Carousel productions’ International Branding & Franchising Director Astrud Margareth Schuck composed the panel of judges.
with Miss Panglao Director & Organizer Deo Guden  
Deo Guden, Director & Choreographer of Miss Panglao which Catherine won in 2013 as a high school student is ecstatic with Catherine’s performance during the Miss Philippines Earth- Bohol 2017 search. 
“Our persistence, hard work and determination has paid off with Catherine’s victory. On behalf of the Montero- Fuertes administration that has been very supportive of Catherine’s preparations, we extend our congratulations to Ms. Tabaniag for a well- deserved victory. We will see to it that Catherine will be prepared well for the forthcoming national finals”
This is the third straight year that Island City Mall has successfully staged the Bohol edition after Carousel Productions, producer & organizer of both Miss Philippines Earth and Miss Earth pageants awarded AGC the Miss Philippines Earth franchise in Bohol. 

With the outstanding batch of candidates who had to meet the height, age & high environmental awareness quotient as minimum requirements requirements, Miss Philippines Earth- Bohol is shaping up as one of the best organized and most credible beauty pageants in Bohol

Congratulations to Ritchel Mutia and to Island City Mall for a job well done!

PHOTO CREDITS: TJ Medrana Photography

Friday, March 24, 2017

HNU Homecoming 2017: Heartwarming, Heartbreaking

It was an alumni homecoming like no other. Grade school, high school and college alumni of dear old Holy Name came to attend and participate in the whole- day trip down memory lane. Tradition dictates that the annual grand reunion is scheduled on the last day of the school’s university days celebration.
 Poignant scenes during the alumni homecoming
It was indeed heartwarming to see old and new faces, the familiar and the not so familiar greet one another. A gentle kiss there, a brisk handshake here and the tight and warm embraces everywhere were familiar scenes that kept replaying all day long. A citywide motorcade and holy mass kicked off the celebration.
 Main Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Joseph Butlig, SCJ of HS Batch 1997

 A STUDY ON CONTRASTS:  Fr. Estepa enjoys taking photos while
retired HS Principal Ma’am Baby Cardino is all 
seriousness during registration
 HATAW NA: Thirdy and Rose gamely lead the dance for all

 Volleyball- Women MVP Arlene Kaye Gomez Batch 97, Rosemary Uy & Evelyn Butalid  Batch 1981
Your Roving Eye who was invited to emcee the gathering couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the hard work and sacrifices that alumni president Engr. Tibbs Bullecer and the rest of the go- getters who composed the Alumni Association of HNU- Bohol, Inc. (AAHNU- BI) did to ensure the successful and fun conduct of the reunion. 
 HNU ALUMNI QUEEN 2017 Leonita C. Bermudez w 
Engr. Tibbs Bullecer & Fr. Pres. Kito Estepa

Providing the glamorous highlight to the affair was the search for the 2017 HNU Grand Alumni Homecoming Queen title. Edging out four other beauties for the title was the charming and elegant Ma. Leonita Calceta- Bermudez of Batch 1981 and was crowned by HNU President Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD and Alumni President Engr. Tibbs Bullecer.
 Your Roving Eye emcess the HNU affair and Ma’am Linda Paredes
rallies the alumni during the Mia Green tribute
 Alumni officers lead the tribute: L-R: Engr. Tibbs Bullecer, Marietta Corales,
Atty. Aileen Paulo, Atty. Raul Barbarona, Eric Gatal & Atty. Rene Paredes
Casting a pall of gray to the otherwise bright and sunny celebration was the shocking news about Atty. Mia Mascarinas- Green who would always be regarded as one of the most outstanding graduates of HNU. For us members of HS Batch 1984, her untimely demise was doubly sad for she belonged to our batch. Not a few tears were shed when our batch took centerstage during the tribute given to Mia.

As the celebration drew to a close, the whole Arnold Janssen Gymnasium reverberated with the singing of the Holy Name March just as dusk began to envelop the place. We all went our separate ways but thoughts about the reunion kept playing in my mind.

City Administrator & HS Batch 1979 Pres. Edi Borja
gamely poses with batchmates 
 HNU Band plays the rousing Opening Hymn

 HNU Chorale leads the mass hymn singing
 Beautiful & charming smiles from HS Batch 1979 led by Marjo Culajara & Hariett Sepe

Yes, the music may be long gone, the lights may have dimmed and the applause and laughter may have faded away but the beautiful memories, the bittersweet reminiscences and the surprising feel- good moments with friends and acquaintances and even strangers would always linger. Indeed, the homecoming was just like coming home.

  HS Batch 1984
 HS Batch 1984 smiles after winning Men’s- Volleyball 2nd RU
 Batch 1984 Maximiel Teofilo B. Tallo is all smiles after winning the raffle grand prize

And yes, I’m definitely attending next year’s homecoming! See you around!

Thanks to Joe Nazareno HNU Alumni Office Coordinator for the photos

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