Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Miss Bohol Tourism 1977: Antonette Biloy

Antonette during her college days 

Your Roving Eye had the most pleasant surprise of his life last July 21, 2017 during Jun Biloy & Shirmie Cuadra’s wedding when he finally met one of DWCT’s certified campus headturners during the late 70’s, Antonette Biloy. 

Antonette happens to be the groom’s older sibling.

For pageant historians and DWCT old- timers, Antonette Biloy represented the then DWCT (Divine Word College- Tagbilaran) now HNU (Holy Name University) in the 1977 Most Beautiful Boholana Pageant. 


The said beauty title was one of the many appellations that the Miss Bohol adopted during its 91 year history. Antoniette was eventually named the 1977 Miss Bohol- Tourism (equivalent to 1st Runner Up) to Miss Tagbilaran City, Ellen Campbell.
1977  MS BOHOL  L-R: Antonette Biloy, Ellen Campbell & Angie Pepito


It has been exactly 40 years when she competed in the 1977 edition of Miss Bohol and Antoniette still looks as lovely as the day represented her school in the province- wide pageant.  I was so glad and relieved that she graciously accepted my request for a short interview and a quick photo opp. 
 Antonette after she made it to the final round
She has been based in Manila for quite some time now and has been blessed with three girls and a boy who are all professionals now. A CPA by profession, she was connected with the finance department of a big private company. 

 Your Roving Eye with Antonette & her daughter Roxie
Locale: Bohol Tropics Resort

She has since then retired from her job and currently enjoys her retirement and her two grandchildren.
 Antonette during the wedding reception
Thank Ma’am Tonette for the interview and the photos.

Destiny, Luck & Timing Worked in Favor of Pauline

She was destined to become Miss Bohol. That unforgettable night last July 22, the stars aligned in her favor and won over the stunning Gazini Ganados, one of the most popular girls to ever compete in Miss Bohol pageant history.

Did you know that the newly- crowned Miss Bohol 2017 almost didn’t get the chance to compete in the province’s most prestigious beauty competition? You see, two years ago, competed in Anyag sa Tubigon 2015, her town’s official preliminary pageant for Miss Bohol.

Your Roving Eye with Pauline during Anyag sa Tubigon 2015

She was raw having no prior pageant experience before the Anyag pageant but she had potential for she was witty and very engaging. The 5'9" half- Belgian beauty eventually finished as 1st RU to Olive Zoilo in Anyag sa Tubigon 2015. Ms. Zoilo who recently passed the CPA board exams was Miss Talent and 3rd RU in last year’s Miss Bohol Pageant. 

 Pauline & Olive, the last two girls for the Anyag crown await the results 
Pauline was convinced by Anyag sa Tubigon pageant organizers and mentors to represent her town this year and she was more than ready having been trained by Tubigon’s formidable team of pageant experts & mentors.

The rest as they say, is pageant history. So girls, never ever think that your journey towards the crown has ended just because you didn't make it the first time. Who knows, Lady Luck might be smiling at you the next time around. Cheers!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Miss Tubigon is Miss Bohol 2017

Pauline Amelinckx is Miss Bohol 2017
Photo Credits: Chris Ramasola 
The municipality of Tubigon celebrated its golden age in pageantry when it’s bet Pauline Amelinckx was crowned Miss Bohol 2017. 

The 21 year old half- Belgian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts International Studies major in European Studies degree last year from Cebu Doctors University. She also scooped five of the 13 special awards namely; Best in Production Number, Darling of the Press, Miss JCI, Best in Swimsuit and Best in Interview.

Miss Amelinckx was in a neck and neck race for the crown with Loon’s Gazini Jordi Ganados from start to finish. The heavy favorite from Loon who eventually finished as 1st RU was also awarded Miss Photogenic, Ramasola Viewers’ Choice, the Darling of the Crowd and Miss Air Asia.

With Tubigon’s Miss Bohol 2017 victory, the town has affirmed its Miss Bohol pageant powerhouse tag which began in 2010 with Amir Sol. A rare back-to- back was achieved in 2011 with the victory of Farah Mian . 2012 1st RU Mariecris Evardo. Tubigon didn’t send a candidate in 2013. In 2014, Jaya Lozano was 3rd RU, 2015 Clarlaine Radoc 2nd RU and 2016 Olive Zoilo 3rd RU
 Pauline reacts after being named Miss Bohol 2017
Gerald James Cabal Photography


Rounding out this year’s Miss Bohol winners are 1st RU Miss Loon Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados  2nd RU Miss Calape Angelika Ganol Concha, 3rd RU Miss Tagbilaran City Bianca Olaso Gaviola, and 4th RU Miss Jagna Maria Andrea Cuarteros Laniba. 

L-R: 3rd RU Tagbilaran City, 1st RU Loon, MB Tubigon, 2nd RU Calape, 4th RU Jagna
Photo Credits: Gerald James Cabal Photography

The eventual top five during the Miss Bohol 2017 Orientation
Venue: Governor;s Mansion

Three of the top five finalists are in this photo
Photo Credits: Oliver Acebes
Venue: Mithi Resort & Spa

A select group of independent- minded personalities composed the board of judges and included  film director Tony Reyes, Presidential Legal Counsel Atty Salvador Panelo, Phil Provl Board Members League President Hon. Ria Cristina Farinas, Phil AirAsia Commercial Head Gerard Penaflor, veteran fashion designer & beauty queen mentor Renee Salud, Bb Pilipinas- Intl 2017 Mariel de Leon, Miss Philippines Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Miss Global Philippines 2017 Mary Ann Munggal and actress/ Bb Pilipinas 2009 1st RU Rich Asuncion.

Miss Bohol 2017 Opening Number 
Pageant hosts were TV host Vince Velasco & 2012 Miss Earth Air Stephanie Stafanowitz

1st Set of Special Awards

Best in Production Number
Pauline Amelinckx
Miss Congeniality
Rheya Mae Canda
Miss Photogenic
Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados  
Ramasola Viewers Choice Award
Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados  
Darling of the Press
Pauline Amelinckx
Behold Bohol Fan Vote Award
Donna Lee Calamba Cabugsan
Miss Talent
Tagbilaran City
Bianca Olaso Gaviola
Miss JCI
Pauline Amelinckx

2nd Set of Special Awards

Best in Swimsuit
Pauline Amelinckx
Best in Interview
Pauline Amelinckx
Best in Evening Gown
Tagbilaran City
Bianca Olaso Gaviola
Darling of the Crowd
Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados  
Miss Air Asia
Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados  


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Catherine Rem of Bohol Is Doing Well in GMA 7

Talent and patience do prevail in the fickle- minded and competitive Philippine TV & movie industry. Guess who is getting precious primetime TV airtime? Bohol’s very own Cathy Remperas that’s who. 

When our very own Cathy Remperas, a former ABS CBN PBB Housemate and who goes by the screen name of Catherine Rem decided to switch from ABS CBN to GMA 7, skeptics declared that it was a wrong career move. 
  Charming Catherine Rem captivates televiewers

Cathy is actually doing quite well after she transferred to GMA 7 two years ago. After a cameo appearance in the blockbuster “The Unmarried Wife”, she is now in the cast of “I Heart Davao”, a Philippine DavaoeƱo-based romantic-comedy drama series broadcast by GMA Network. 

  Carla Abellana & Tom Rodriguez
Although the lead stars are Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez and Benjamin Alves, Catherine plays the very pivotal & interesting character of “Aileen Ayuban”.

 Catherine Rem greets GMA News lieteners & viewers

The former Miss Bohol International 2006 1st RU who is a registered nurse shared to Your Roving Eye that since she is not yet a GMA Artist Center talent, she was advised by her talent manager Direk Maryo J Delos Reyes to undergo a series of auditions to snag the role. 

  Miss Bohol Intl 2006 1st RU
Catch the primetime teleserye”I Heart Davao” directed by Direk Marlon Rivera every Monday- Friday 9:15 pm.

Friday, June 30, 2017

JaDine Live in Bohol Will Finally Happen!

Happening on July 15, 2017 (8 pm) at the Bohol Wisdom School Gym, the two- hour long concert which will feature the loveteam of James Reid and Nadine Lustre, two of the Philippines’ most bankable and most popular TV & film personalities,will be incorporating topnotch production values to the long- overdue concert.
 Team JaDine: RP's most bankable loveteam

The twin media enterprise of the Bohol Chronicle and KISS FM and DYRD AM stations are the exclusive media partners. LJ Lumayag of K & N Productions, the event organizers , is confident that the concert will be among the most spectacular entertainment extravaganzas to be mounted in the province during the month- long Sandugo Festival  2017.

 a grand experience awaits JaDine at Be Grand Resort, their official residence

ViVa Live and NY Entourage, the same production company that brought the JaDine concert series to the Middle East and to the U.S. will be overseeing the whole production. Stella Ancla of Dextel Trading said that bringing the big- budgeted production to Bohol is her company’s way of supporting the success of the Bohol Sandugo Festival.

 Team JaDine makes it to the cover of Bohol Chronicle's lifestylebohol
EVENT PRESENTERS: Be Grand Resort Panglao, Bohol the Official Residence, Philippine Airlines, SMART Communications, Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto, Cong. Rene Relampagos

EVENT SPONSORS: R8 Pharmaceuticals, Amazing Island Travel & Tours, K & N Medical Supply, Island City Mall, Village Floating Resto & Cruises

EVENT ORGANIZER: K & N Productions


EVENT MEDIA PARTNERS: The Bohol Chronicle, DYRD AM 1161 khz, DYZD AM 1422 khz and KISS 102.3 FM 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Part 1: Behold the Beauty of Miss Bohol 2017

Ms. Ana Loinda Saluan, Miss Bohol 2017 Project Chair bared to Your Roving Eye that this year’s Miss Bohol Pageant will give a special focus on the province’s tourism potentials through its “Behold Bohol” marketing & promotional thrust.

The Miss Bohol 2017 photo & video crew travelled to the candidates’ respective municipalities and the lone city of Tagbilaran to showcase the participating towns’ top tourist attractions. A novel idea indeed and an incentive for the towns that have sent candidates for the annual Miss Bohol Pageant which serves as the glamorous highlight of the month- long Bohol Sandugo Festival.

This is the first of a five- part series where all the 20 candidates and their towns/ city will be featured in alphabetical order.

ALBURQUERQUE, located in the eastern part of Bohol, is 12 km from the capital city of Tagbilaran. The municipality of Alburquerque has natural wonders and micro local industries like the making of calamay, traditional method of manufacturing pottery, and the weaving of raffia using locally made loom.

The existing tourists destinations are Sta Monica stone church and convent, Sta Fe beach resort, calamay making, ceramics making, salt making, loom weaving, basket and broom-making. The potential attractions are Tarsiers Park, Lourdes Spring, Aquarium Fish, Butterfly Sanctuary.  

  Kaorie Villa, 16 years old

ANDA, one of the emerging must- see destinations in eastern Bohol, is around 100 kilometers or a two- hour ride from Tagbilaran City.  Its natural beauty and man- made attractions makes it a perfect vacation getaway. It has stretches of white sandy beaches, caves that are perfect for exploring and for taking a dip, waterfalls and even a mystical islet. 

Don’t forget to check out Amun Ini Beach Resort, a quaint and lovely hideaway that offers topnotch amenities and excellent service.

 Sheena Marie Francesca Licong, 18 years old

BACLAYON , the first municipality to be established in Bohol by the Spaniards, is about 9 kilometers from the city of Tagbilaran. 

Baclayon is known for its historic Immaculate Conception Catholic church, declared a National Cultural Treasure in 1995 because it is considered the best preserved of its kind in the region. Its first structure was built in 1595, but the current building is from 1724 and is of Spanish Colonial architecture. 

The church includes a small museum, with relics dating back to the early 16th century, and adjoining 21-metre (69 ft) high bell tower.

  who can resist Baclayon's broas?

 Aileen Agripo Lancila, 19 years old

in front of Baclayon's beloved stone church 
There are plenty of Spanish colonial ancestral houses in the municipality, many of them along the main road. 

Some of these historical structures which are representative of Spanish-Filipino wooden craftsmanship and styling are being utilized for cultural shows and tours, festivals and fiestas, as well as some having been turned into inns.

Baclayon also boasts of its Punta Baluarte which also features a covered stage for outdoor cultural shows and performances turns into an al fresco dining experience in the evening.

The municipality is also the jump- off point for the dolphin- and whale-watching island of Pamilacan.

BATUAN which is 51 km (32 miles) from Tagbilaran, is located in the interior part of the island. Located within the province's tourist area, Batuan is the gateway to the Chocolate Hills, being only about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from the Chocolate Hills complex in Carmen. Batuan has got to be Your Roving Eye’s favorite places in Bohol. Aside from its very cool weather, friendly people and great local Boholano cuisine, the town also has some great undiscovered places waiting for the adventurous type of visitors.

 Maria Patsy Mille Plazo, 17 years old
The ShipHaus, located along the main highway in Poblacion Norte, Batuan, is one of Bohol's new tourist top drawers. Uniquely shaped like a shipping vessel, it is owned by Capt. Gaudencio Dumapias, a Batuan native who became a successful mariner. ShipHaus, as it is called affectinately by everyone in Boho, is a testament to the adventurous and hardworking seafaring Boholanos.

The house was opened in late 2011 to local and foreign tourists to showcase the culture of Batuan. One can see the local weavers at work and buy their wares at the souvenir shop.

Another must- see attraction in Batuan is its Balay sa Humay (House of Rice).   

Balay sa Humay takes visitors to an enriching educational experience that centers on Filipinos’ rice culture.  Balay sa Humay actively promotes organic rice, as well as supporting local plant products. 

The facility is just a few minutes away from the Soil and Water Conservation Foundation which highlights organic vegetable gardens and a greenhouse.

The Balay sa Humay Learning Experience Tour is a great complement to any curious visitor’s exploration of Batuan culture and nature, in general.

 As the only locally based rice museum in the country, Balay sa Humay gives travelers a unique look into the natural and cultural history of Batuan, a slice of Bohol. The tour venue also features a souvenir shop that showcases local handicrafts and supports the Batuanon’s handicraft industry.

Photo Credits: Gerald James Cabal Photography 

TALENT NIGHT                 July 8, Sat, 8 pm, Bohol Wisdom School Gym

PAGEANT NIGHT             July 22, Sat, 8 pm, Bohol WisdomSchool Gym

Monday, June 19, 2017

Why Panglao, Bohol’s Eco Video for Miss Philippines Earth 2017 is Trending

One of the unique features of the Miss Philippines Earth Pageant is the submission of an eco video, a four to five minute video that features the candidate’s environmental advocacy and highlight’s the city or town that the candidates are representing.

The videos which are required from each candidate are then uploaded on the pageant’s website and YouTube Channel and this gives pageant fans the chance to know the girls and their respective places a little better.
 Catherine during her video’s Alona Beach segment


The eco video of Panglao, Bohol’s very own Catherine Tabaniag (see related story) has been getting a lot of notices and has been praised not only for the well- conceptualized storyline and footage of her town’s breathtaking scenic spots but also for its thought- provoking insights on how environmental preservation is still possible even in the midst of progress and development. Panglao, which is known as Bohol’s tourism crowning jewel, boasts of powdery white sandy beaches, five- star resorts and great dive spots.

 at the Morning Hills in Loay, Bohol
 behind the scenes at Bilar Man-made Forest, Bilar, Bohol
The video also showcased Ms. Tabaniag’s excellent communication skills which are very important attributes for a Miss Philippines Earth titleholder for she will be a spokesperson for Mother Earth.
with mentor Deo Guden and Capt. Vic Blanes
 aerial view of Balicasag Island off Panglao Island
Mr. Deo Guden who oversaw the conceptualization and production of the video explained that they didn’t want a touristy or superficial type of video but one that would send a message of vigilance & cooperation. Catherine’s environmental advocacy and how she is working hand-in- hand with the Panglao LGU are well- documented  in the video.

 with Balicasag Island kids for her advocacy

Mr. Guden also took time to thank the team behind the production and also to extend his gratitude to Panglao Mayor Nila Montero & family and the entire LGU of Panglao and its people. 

with the motherly Panglao Mayor Nila Montero  
with Panglao Mayor Montero & V Mayor Fuertes & LGU officials 
 the team behind the video production


Here’s the Eco Video of Panglao, Bohol for Miss Philippines Earth 2017. Please watch and share to help our candidate win the Best Eco Video Award which will be given during pageant night on July 15, 2017.

Catherine's talked- about MPE 2017 Eco Video


PRODUCER                        : MyMadamme Productions
SCRIPT & CONCEPT        : Mr. Deo Guden
STILLS & MOTION          : Rhapsody Concepts by Chester Impang
PHOTOGRAPHY               : TJ Medrana Photography
SPECIAL THANKS            : Panglao Mayor Nila Montero
                                               Montero Family
                                               Alona Tropical Beach Resort, Panglao, Bohol

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