Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bb. Talibon 2018 Candidate Talks About Her Pageant Experience

During my Q & A training session with the Bb. Talibon 2018 candidates, I got a chance to get to know the girls better. 
Your Roving Eye with Mary Nhel Dajao

One of these girls is Mary NhelDajao, a 20 year old Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree holder who is representing Brgy. Tanghaligue. After finding out that she writes and had interned and written for some of Cebu’s top dailies, I asked her to share her thoughts on her first- ever participation in a beauty pageant. Here are her thoughts:
Beauty pageants play an important role on the uplifting of every country’s national pride. Pageantry has always been significant in Philippine culture and to this day, receives massive amount of attention and support in the country.

Criticisms on how beauty contests reinforce the idea of conforming to conventional standards of beauty have already been abolished by the tremendous positive evolution of pageantry. Gone were the days when women were seemingly used as subjects of objectification with not much emphasis on intellect. Today, beauty pageants are focused on empowering women by celebrating not only their physical attributes but also their individuality, advocacies and intelligence as well.

The search for “Binibining Talibon 2018” which will have its grand finale on Wednesday, May 23 is no different as it also aims to look for a woman who best represents all the people of the Municipality of Talibon. According to Talibon Union of Artists (TUA) President Steve I. Carosus, “The next BinibiningTalibon should be a lady who embodies a true dalagang Talibongnon. She should be beautiful inside and out.” He also added that they want to crown someone who knows what she wants, where to go and how to get there. 
   with this year's Bb. Talibon 2018 candidates
Talibon is a quiet yet progressive town located on the northeast side of the island of Bohol with farming and fishing as its major industries. It also boasts of its unexploited islands with crystal clear waters and rich marine life. It has 25 barangays namely, Bagacay, Balintawak, Burgos, Busalian, Calituban, Cataban, Guindacpan, Magsaysay, Mahanay, Nocnocan, Poblacion, Rizal, Sag, San Agustin, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Isidro, San Jose, San Pedro, San Roque, Santo NiƱo, Sikatuna, Suba, Tanghaligue, and Zamora. Nineteen of the aforementioned barangays will be represented by  charming& smart ladieswho have prepared for the pageant through a series of personality development workshops & pageant- related activities. 

During the past few days, the girls have been busy rehearsing and participating in social and cultural events. When asked what they have gained from joining this contest, the girls were unanimous in saying that ultimately, the friendship and the lessons learned from the enriching experience have paramount importance for them.

This year’s Bb. Talibon will be known tonight and will win not only a crown, cash prizes and gift packs but also a title and responsibility as the spokesperson of all Talibon Union of Artists’ events, ambassadress of goodwill, inspirational model for Talibon’s youth and continue the legacy of Talibon as home to some of Bohol’s most beautiful women when she represents the town in the annual Miss Bohol Pageant. 

Bb. Talibon 2018 Girls Undergo Pageant Training

Your Roving Eye was in the premier coastal town of Talibon a few weeks ago upon the invitation of the Bb Talibon 2018 organizers.  
With some of the Bb Talibon 2018 girls

Talibon Union of Artists (TUA) President Steve Carosus, one of Bohol’s most respected artists & mentors in the performing arts and main organizer behind the annual pageant search shared that prior to the conduct of the series of pageant- related activities, the official candidates were required to attend a personality development workshop aimed at enhancing their charm & beauty and developing their character & values. 
at the Talibon SB Hall for the Q & A session
The girls are also encouraged to attend social functions such as sponsor visits& courtesy calls to polish their confidence in dealing with other people. 

Your Roving Eye shared practical tips in pageant Q & A. It was a most enriching afternoon session as the girls overcame their shyness and learned how to express their thoughts clearly.

The municipality of Talibon is one of the towns in Bohol that take pageantry seriously. With an impressive record capped by a Miss Bohol victory in 1993 courtesy of Mary Ann Eronico, this year’s batch of girls hope to duplicate or surpass the recent successes of Talibon beauties in the Miss Bohol stage. 
Sir Steve Carosus with some of the pageant staff

Among the more recent representatives of Talibon are DaeNarah Garcia 2nd RU in 2013, Mae RegilVersoza1st RU in 2015 and Lovely Sheena Empuesto4th RU in 2016. Last year’s rep Abby Ampong was crowned last April as Miss Philippines Earth- Bohol 2018 and represented the provinc in the national finals.

So who will be BinibiningTalibon 2018 and represent the hometown of Pres. Carlos P. Garcia in the 2018 Miss Bohol Pageant?

Find out tonight who will be crowned Bb. Talibon 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Basil Valdez in Sharon Cuneta's Mega Sandugo Concert

Basil Valdez & Sharon Cuneta Duet 
Long before the likes of TJ Monterde and Michael Pangilinan hugged the limelight and the airwaves, there was the iconic Basil Valdez, regarded as the country’s premier balladeer.  

Known for his trademark voice that is both soothing and comforting, the legendary singer was launched to instant stardom via the hit song “Ngayon at Kailanman”. 

Despite all the success that he has attained in the music industry, he has remained soft- spoken and humble.     
He never fails to inspire people with his spiritual and inspirational songs “Lead Me Lord”, “Lift Up Your Hands” and “Hindi Kita Malilimutan.”

Basil Valdez is one of two special guest performers for the Sharon Cuneta Mega Sandugo Concert on July 14, 8 pm, Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Did you know that the Philippines used to celebrate Mother’s Day on the first Monday of December almost 90 years ago. For half a century, from the time of then American Governor-General Charles Yeater to Pres. Manuel L. Quezon and all the way to Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, Filipinos celebrated & honored mothers on that particular date.
Advance Mother’s Day treat for Mama Fely
Locale: Persona Mesa
It was on June 8, 1988 that Pres. Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation No. 266 and declared that every second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day & every third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. To this day, the said dates have remained in place. 
 Awesome food at Persona Mesa
Today, the most important woman in our lives get the spotlight as she is honored  for her  unconditional love & nurturing quality. As Sushmita Sen of India said in her Miss Universe 1994- worthy response, a mother is that special someone who shows us what sharing, caring & loving is all about. 
 Great thirst- quencher
Lavish your moms today with a beauty & pampering session, a card, a gift, a surprise dinner, a bouquet of flowers, a movie date, and a kiss & embrace.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the world! Cheers!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Sharon Cuneta: From Teenybopper to Megastar

Sharon Cuneta: Launched to mega stardom at 12  
Forty years ago, a then perky 12 year old named Sharon Cuneta released her very first single “Tawag ng Pag-ibig”but it was the follow up single "Mr. DJ" that became a monster hit, established her as a major recording artist and set her off to an illustrious singing, TV and movie career that has spanned four decades.

To celebrate her 4oth anniversary in showbiz and entertainment, the Megastar has launched her 40th Mega Philippine Tour, the nationwide concert series to be held in selected provincial areas including Bohol.

Don’t forget July 14, 2018 at the Bohol Wisdom School Gym for Sharon’s mega Sandugo Concert! It’s a date!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

PHLPost issue commemorative stamps to mark 100 years of La Castellana

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has released new commemorative stamps to mark the centennial (100 years) anniversary celebration of the municipality of La Castellana located in Negros Occidental Province.

The first-class municipality of La Castellana is a rural town located at the base of Kanlaon Volcano.  
La Castellana Centennial Celebration
During the Spanish conquest, they started developing the place by having vast areas cleared by the natives. The newcomers established large haciendas which owned large swathes of sugarcane plantation.

A local government was later established and finally, on January 1, 1918, the town of La Castellana was born. It was named after that place – Paseo de La Castellana, which is situated in Madrid.

The Stamps feature the modern municipal building and centennial arch which is a “symbol of the strength of La Castellana”.

Designed by in-house graphic artist Rodine Teodoro, PHLPost has printed 50,000 copies of the P12.00 denomination of the said commemorative stamps.

The stamps and its official first day cover are now available at the Post Shop, Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and area post offices nationwide.

For inquiries, please call 527-01-08 or 527-01-32.

Elan & Elegance in Evening Gowns During Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2018

After watching the girls parade in the evening gown competition, I realized that it’s not really the pasarela nor the gown that would make a candidate stand out and get the all- important votes from the judging panel.

It’s the charisma, the freshness & ease of movement and the oodles of charm that makes the winning candidate connect with the judges and the audience.

Of course, the choice of gown would either make or break the chances of the candidate but ultimately it’s how the candidate parlay her arsenal & strategy into votes from the judges that would catapult her to the top of the heap and ultimately have the crown placed on her dainty head after the pageant’s conclusion.

Here now are the 15 candidates of Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2018 in their Roy Tizon evening gowns as captured by the lenses of TJ Medrana Photography. 
Bool, Cabawan & Tiptip
Pob III, Manga & Mansasa
Pob. II, Cogon & San Isidro

  Dao, Dampas & Pob. I
Booy, Taloto & Ubujan
The 15 finalists exude grace & elegance in the gowns
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2018 Swimsuit Competition

Last April 27 was the culmination of a job opening but 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.

THE JOB TITLE: Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2018

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 2018, the winner will also lend her voice to espouse her advocacy, grace all the important social affairs of the city and raise more awareness on the Human Breast Bank project of the city
- Tagb City First Lady Jane Cajes- Yap & Project Chair 
Bool, Cabawan & Tiptip

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. 
Pob. III, Manga & Mansasa

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. 
 Pob.II, Cogon & San Isidro

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. 
Dao, Dampas & Pob. I

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. 
Booy, Taloto & Ubujan

Congratulations to Raclaire Stephan Trigo of San Isidro 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!

Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography

San Isidro’s Raclaire Stephan Trigo Is Mutya Sa Tagbilaran 2018

It looks like the University of Bohol Senior High is the new breeding ground of the city’s fairest beauty queens.  Both the outgoing and the newly- crowned Mutya sa Tagbilaran winners are proud products of UB High School Department. 
 Raclaire Stephan Trigo is the city's bet for Miss Bohol 2018
Fifteen ladies who won their respective barangays’ preliminary searches vied for the Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2018 crown. After competing in swimsuits, onstage interviews and gowns, the field was trimmed down to the final five. After one final Q & A, the judges made their final decision. 
Newly- crowned Mutya 2018 with Your Roving Eye

Eighteen year old Mutya ng San Isidro Raclaire Stephan Trigo, a perky & vivacious beauty blessed with the most tantalizing eyes, svelte figure, a mellifluous voice and a graceful & elegant stance onstage got the collective nod of the judges and the adoring crowd that roared in approval after she was proclaimed as the Mutya who will now represent the city in the Miss Bohol 2018 Pageant.

Ms. Trigo scooped most of the special titles & awards including Miss Photogenic, Miss Talent, Miss CIGNAL TV and Miss Bohol Tropics. She confirmed her frontrunner status when she topped both the swimsuit & evening gown competitions and led four other finalists into the final round. 

CROWNING GLORY: Gov Edgar Chatto & FL Pureza Chatto, Mutya 2018 Raclaire Trigo, 
Baste Duterte,FL Jane Yap, Mayor Baba Yap, Janah Yap & Mutya 2017 Bianca Gaviola
Right after her crowning, Raclaire Stephan Trigo shared her thoughts that summed up her Mutya journey “Being a Mutya sa Tagbilaran is more than just having the crown but embracing the responsibility itself. And it is not about on how beautiful you are but it is about having a heart to serve and to be a good example to everyone.” 

Rounding out the winners’ circle were 1st RU #13 BOOY Dann Audrey Cadenas, 2nd RU #15 UBUJAN Rueggy Mae Namoc, 3rd RU # 5 MANGA Lady Aira Lumantas & 4th RU # 7 POB. II Margarett Requillo

Darling of Social Media
# 13 Dann Audrey Cadenas
Miss BabaYap Fan Page
# 2 Cayle Tentativa
Miss Photogenic
# 9 Raclaire Trigo
San Isidro
Miss Congeniality
# 8 Kate Alemania
Miss Talent
# 9 Raclaire Trigo
San Isidro
Best in Production Number
# 1 Qeen Maglahus
Best in Swimsuit
# 9 Raclaire Trigo
San Isidro
Best in Casual Interview
# 7 Margaret Requillo
Pob. II
Best in Evening Gown
# 9 Raclaire Trigo
San Isidro


Miss Globe
# 2 Cayle Tentativa
# 13 Dann Audrey Cadenas
Miss Renaissance Spa
# 2 Cayle Tentativa
Miss Bohol Tropics
# 9 Raclaire Trigo
San Isidro
# 9 Raclaire Trigo
San Isidro
The bets from Ubujan, Dampas Booy & San Isidro in the Opening Salvo

Cabawan’s bet Cayle Tentativa with Presidential Son Baste Duterte 

Although it was a near- perfect top five, some members of the audience including Your Roving Eye were surprised with the exclusion of #2 Cabawan’s Cayle Tentativa who aside from a flawless presentation, gave one of the most engaging repartees with the emcees during the Q & A where she talked about being a CVRAA Meet athlete.

Another favorite who didn’t make it was Dampas’ Marian Grace Malubay, the licensed criminologist who was very elegant in her evening gown. Other noteworthy candidates were the girls from Dao, Pob. I and Cogon. 

In a contest where judging is subjective and the contestant line-up is competitive, the mixed reactions are to be expected. What’s a pageant after all if everyone agrees on the results.

 Your Roving Eye with Mayor Baba Yap, Chair of Judges Jonas Borces
and official gown designer Roi Tizon
Adding star wattage, prestige and credibility to the much- talked glamorous highlight of Saulog sa Tagbilaran 2018 was the interesting mix of high- profile personalities and newsmakers that compose this year’s panel of judges chaired by KF Cebu pillar & beauty queen mentor Jonas Borces. 
Bb Pilipinas Universe: Rachel Peters 2017, Nina Ricci Alagao 2000 & Catriona Gray 2018
Given the daunting task of selecting the city’s ambassadress of goodwill & were  Presidential Son & Lakbai TV5 host Baste Duterte,, Miss Earth-Air 2016 Michelle Alejandra Gomez Bustos of Colombia,   Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray, Bb Pilipinas Universe 2000 Nina Ricci Alagao, Event Host & TV personality Raymond Gutierrez, Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachelle Peters, 2012 Philippine Male Supermodel Winner Gerard Ong, Bohol First Lady & Balilihan Mayor Pureza Chatto,  actor Philip Salvador and Event Director Javi Martinez Pardo. 
PAGEANT HOSTS: Tim Yap & Izza Calzado
Hosting this year's Mutya sa Tagbilaran were eventologist Tim Yap and TV/ movie actress Izza Calzado.
TAGBILARAN’S FIRST FAMILY: Mayor Baba Yap, First Lady Jane & Janah Yap

The 2018 edition of Mutya sa Tagbilaran marks the fifth year since the glamorous highlight of Tagbilaran City underwent a major facelift. Under the visionary guidance of the city’s First Lady Jane C. Yap and the support of Mayor Baba Yap, the pageant has enjoyed a renewed popularity and has been a certified crowd drawer during the Saulog sa Tagbilaran celebration.

More than a parade of beauty & charm, the Mutya sa Tagbilaran Pageant has been repackaged as an avenue where young Tagbilaranon beauties can be empowered to become partners in community- building and lend their popularity to raise awareness for advocacy projects that would benefit Tagbilaran. As Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2018, Ms. Trigo gets to represent the city in the Miss Bohol 2018 Pageant and will be the spokesperson for the soon- to- be established Tagbilaran City Human Breast Bank.

According to Ms. Jane Yap, Tagbilaran City First Lady & Mutya sa Tagbilaran Project Chair, the Human Breast Bank is a service which collects, screens, processes, and dispenses by prescription human milk donated by nursing mothers who are not biologically related to the recipient infant. The project has the full support of City Mayor Baba Yap.

Photo Credits:

TJ Medrana Photography
Christian Lungay

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