Sunday, September 23, 2012

Miss Bohol Winners: The Early Years 1941 to 1978

You may not realize it but the Miss Bohol Pageant has been with us for so many decades already. This blog feature is based on the initial results of our research.

1941 Miss Maribojoc  Paula Baura Raagas
1950 Miss Maribojoc Felomina Redulla Chiu
1957 Miss Calape Olivia Solis  
1968 Miss Sevilla Theoprolia Clarin- Parras
1968 Miss Tagbilaran Emma Mumar
1976 Miss DWCT Lou Minoza
1977 Miss Tagbilaran City Ellen M. Campbell
1978 Miss DWCT Geraldine Galang

1941 Miss Bohol

The first- ever Miss Bohol titleholder Paula Baura Raagas who was crowned back in 1941 eventually became a mayor of her town Maribojoc. 

1950 Miss Bohol
Felomina Redulla Chiu of Maribojoc was born on August 2, 1931. She was the youngest and the only girl of six siblings. Her male siblings are the owners and proprietors of the famous 5 Brothers Store in Maribojoc, Bohol. She was crowned Miss Bohol 1950 at the age of 19.

1957 Miss Bohol

Olivia Solis, the 1957 winner became famous for the Visayan serial radio drama song "Dawata na Olivia" which was composed especially for her. I had the chance to see her in person and introduce her to an adoring hometown when she graced the 2000 Miss Calape Pageant which I emceed.Indeed, she has the looks and elegance of a classic Hollywood movie star.


1962 Miss Bohol

 Although she was not officially crowned as a Miss Bohol, she nevertheless carried the sash “Miss Bohol” in the 1962 Miss Philippines Pageant where she placed 2nd Runner Up. Her name? Adelia Canda of Batuan.  

Delia has the distinction of being the first Boholana to place in a national beauty pageant when she was selected as Miss Visayas or 2nd runner up to Cynthia Ugalde.
L-R: 3rd RU Juliet Pardo Picar, 1962 Miss RP Cynthia Ugalde, 2nd RU Adelia Canda
Not in photo: 1st RU Lalaine Bennett
 Delia's batchmate is the first Pinay to enter the Miss Universe Top Five
Her pageant batchmate Lalaine Bennett who finished as 1st RU competed again the following year. Lalaine’s efforts and determination paid off. She won the crown in her second attempt and made history as the first Filipina to enter the Miss Universe Top Five when she was selected as 3rd runner up to Miss Brazil.

1968 Miss Bohol

The 1968 Miss Bohol that was organized by the Bohol Jaycees selected the province's bets to the 1968 Binibining Pilipinas Pageant.

Theoprolia Clarin and Emma Mumar were Bohol's bets to the country's most prestigious pageant Miss Mumar was declared one of the 15 semi- finalists in the 1968 edition of Bb Pilipinas . 
Miss Clarin & Miss Mumar during the 1968 Bb. Pilipinas Poolside Presentation

Emma Mumar (3rd from right) is a 1968 Bb Pilipinas Top 15 Finalist   
 TODAY: That's Emma Mumar- Campbell (in black & white stripes
The Most Beautiful Boholana (1976, 1977 & 1978)

The Miss Bohol pageant was relaunched in 1976 after a brief hiatus in the early 70's. It became known as the Search for the Most Beautiful Boholana  and ran from 1976 to 1978.

The then Divine Word College now Holy Name University had the most success during those three years with two winners and a runner up. Although the 1977 winner represented the City of Tagbilaran, she was a BS Commerce student of the said school

1976 Most Beautiful Boholana
 Lou Minoza (the girl in the green gown)
When the Miss Bohol Pageant was relaunched as The Search for the Most Beautiful Boholana, the winner was Divine Word College's bet, Lou Minoza.

 1977 Most Beautiful Boholana

In 1977, a tall and svelte 18 year old named Ellen Campbell who represented Tagbilaran City was crowned the 1977 Most Beautiful Boholana in the province- wide search that attracted 34 beauties representing towns, the capital city, schools and civic & business organizations.

The candidates first came out in shorts (swimsuits were a big NO then for conservative Boholanas) then in evening gowns.

From 34 ladies, the field was whittled down to 15 semi- finalists before the final seven were called

Her 1st Runner Up was Miss DWCT Antoniette Biloy. 2nd Runner Up was Angie Pepito, Miss Rotary Club of Tagbilaran.

Rounding out the Top Seven were 3rd RU Miss Tubigon Teresita Baura, 4th RU Miss G- Hernandez Corazon Ranario, 5th RU Miss Loon Carmelita Taylaran & 6th RU Miss Jagna Agnes Abrenilla

1977 Most Beautiful Boholana

A recent picture of U.S.- based Geraldine "Gigi" Galang 
In 1978, the pageant was won by the candidate from Divine Word College, very lovely and delicate- looking Geraldine Galang whose family roots are traced to Carmen town, home of the world- famous Chocolate Hills.

An interesting trivia:

Ms. Galang officially became Miss Divine Word College in 1979 and Angie Pepito, the 2nd RU in the 1977 Most Beautiful Boholana Search was her 1st Runner Up.  

Please CLICK for the Miss Bohol Winners: 80's & 90's Decades

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