Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2006 Miss Bohol Intl Highlights


Fourteen beauty delegates of Boholano lineage from all over the country and from around the world who were competing for the prestigious beauty title started arriving on the weekend leading to Coronation Night

After the registration, fittings and briefing, they immediately plunged into a hectic but exciting schedule of activities that were crammed in one week. 

The pre- pageant events included the Grand TBTK 2006 Parade, Poolside Swimsuit Presentation @ Panglao Island Nature Resort, Talent Night @ Bohol Tropics Resort, courtesy calls, BCCTV appearance, FM radio tour & rigid rehearsals for the pageant night

Maya Calope Galvan,the reigning Miss Bohol International who won in 2003,  was a stunning beauty of Mexican and Filipino lineage. Miss Galvan represented the Tagbilaranons of Northern California (TANOCAL)

the first ever Miss Bohol International is Chan Cajegas. She won in 1999
She is shown in the pic with hubby Raymund Casabal

The girls had their first official appearance at the Panglao Island Nature Resort thru the kindness of hotel & mall owners Fred & Barbara Ong

Mediamen from Tagbilaran City & Cebu were there to cover the event. Two of the candidates couldn't make it.

The Chocolate Hills Lady Jaycees were the official presenters in cooperation with TownCrier Advertising, event organizers

The candidates strike a pose at the PINR infinity pool overlooking the resort's spectacular white sandy beach 

Upper Row L-R: Mr. Irving Spivey, VA Respiratory Dept. Chair, San Francisco, California, TBTK Chair Betty Veloso- Garcia & Pureza Veloso- Chatto, Bohol's First Lady & Pageant Overall Chair with some of the candidates

The candidates also underwent a Personality Development Talk

With me in the above photo is event coordinator & part- time model Myla Rae Alquizar- Bueno together with Miss Bohol Sandugo 2005 & Bb. Pilipinas- World 2006 Anna Maris Igpit who shared with the girls some tips on Basic Hair & Make Up and Proper Pageant Posing & Walking Techniques


July 26, 2006. HNU Gym.

The Coronation Night opened with a spectacular and colorful National Costume Parade & Introduction of Candidates and featured the HNU Diwanag Dance Theatre and Cultural Troupe. 

My co- hosts were Atty. Talie Inting, 1997 Miss Tagbilaran & 1997 Miss Bohol Sandugo and Jimabil Magallano, Administrator of GreatMinds Academy


Cathy Remperas was declared Best in National Costume while Judith Chatto was Miss Congeniality


The powerhouse Board of Judges chaired by then Manila Mayor Hon. Lito Atienza had the following members:

1. Ms Bea Zobel de Ayala Jr, patroness of the arts, 
2. Jack Cambridge, a private equity analyst, 
3. Joel Uchico, Anilao, Batangas Resort Owner Assn President, 
4. Ricky Lo, respected entertainment editor of Philippine Star, 
5. Direk Maryo J. de los Reyes, award- winning movie director, 
6. Ms Karla Bautista, Bb. Pilipinas-World 2004 and Miss World Magic 5 Finalist and Asia's Queen of Beauty 2004. 

Waiting for the girls to be interviewed
First to be interviewed is Loida Lagonoy

The girls then had a brief chit chat with the emcee before giving their impressions on a picture flashed on the wide screen. Of course, the girls who grew up in the U.S. and Canada had the upper hand in this segment. 

Two ladies stood out in this segment. First on my list would be Judith Galang who was very engaging, candid and relaxed during the entire interview. 

Judith Galang of Paramus, New Jersey
During the "Describe the Picture on the Wide Screen segment" Judith, who traces her roots to Carmen, Bohol beamed when images of Bohol's iconic tourist attraction, the Chocolate Hills,were shown on the screen. 

By the way, I committed a gaffe when I introduced her as Judith Chatto! I almost wilted in embarrassment when she ribbed me about it onstage but she put me at ease immediately for she said it in a truly gracious and light- hearted manner

She gave a very touching one- liner on tracing one's roots and punctuated it with the perfect example: her dad who's from Carmen, the area where most of the Chocolate Hills can be found!

The other girl would be Gayle Marielle Pizarras Ramirez who represented the Tagbilaranons of Toronto, Canada. Who can forget her giggle when she found out that Jerome Sala was in the audience?

with Gayle Ramirez of  Toronto, Canada: Witty repartee & engaging conversation 


Cathy Remperas was declared Best in Swimsuit and voted Miss Photogenic. Nicole Sumobodobila of TANOCAL won Miss SMB corporate award


Gayle Marielle Pizarras Ramirez, Toronto, Canada

Cathy Remperas in a Maximiel Tallo original is Best in Filipiniana. 

She gave one of the most unforgettable gown presentations ever in the history of Bohol pageantry. 

Just look at the effortless stance and the subdued elegance. 

Cathy was also the 2nd RU in the Talent Competition

Erika Joy Pastoriza Galeon from California, USA

Mary Catherine Biliran, CPA and Senior Associate – Assurance & Advisory Business Services of Ernst & Young- Philadelpia. She represented the Manila- based AYBP ( Assn of Young Boholano Professionals) 

Ivn Ryzl Vendiola-Sarno 

Gladys Joy Paraiso Sumaylo represented the Municipality of Jagna

Maribeth Lara Paredes Quilao of Lakewood, California, USA

Jordan Nicole Sumodobila of Stockton, California, USA


Cristine de la Cruz of BAMMI (Bohol Assn of Metro Manila, Inc)

The very charming and bubbly Judith Antonette Galang from New Jersey, USA

Loida Tiza Salve Lagonoy of the University of Bohol embodied understated elegance 

Rich Asuncion before she made it in GMA 7's Starstruck later that year and as Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up and Miss Talent in 2009 

Judith Chatto who flew in all the way from Rosiclare, Illinois, USA is in a gorgeous Renee Salud original


Kathy Lynn Gaviola Atuel, a certified beauty & brains, (at the time of the pageant, she was already a Licensed Medical technologist and a Level III Medical student at the Cebu Doctors University) was picked by pageant experts as one of the favorites to win the crown but to the shock of many, she didn't advance to the final round

Two years later, she would be proclaimed as 1st RU to Sian Maynard in the very prestigious Miss Cebu Pageant, the highlight of the annual Sinulog Festival

Kathy Lynn's official head shot for Miss Cebu 2008 Pageant

Kathy Lynn also took and passed the Licensure Board Exams for Physicians, yes, she is a doctor but for the meantime, her profession has to take a sidestep as she fulfills her dream of travelling around the world as a Quatar Airways flight attendant.

Kathy Lynn, by the way, is from Ubay, Bohol 

Krizia Marie Gango, a Conservatory of Music Major in UST and Monique de los Santos, upcoming popstar pit talents during the interlude


FROM L-R: 3rd RU Erika Galeon Pastoriza, 1st RU Catherine Remperas, Miss Bohol Intl 06 Loida Lagonoy, 2nd RU Ivn Ryzl Sarno, 4th RU Judith Chatto

For more about Loida Lagonoy, please click on the ff. link:

Rich Asuncion had it all; beauty, brains and breeding but for some inexplicable reason, she was shut out from the Final Round. 

Her exclusion from the Magic Five was one of the shockers that night


From L-R: Outgoing Miss Bohol Intl 2003 Maya Galvan with Nicole Sumodobila, Cathy Remperas & Loida Lagonoy

The Talent Competition was the highlight of a Benefit Dinner held at the Sandugo Ballroom of Bohol Tropics Resort. Right after the event, the girls were whisked off for an appearance at the SMB Night held at the Club Atmosphere of MetroCentre Hotel


Cathy Remperas and Rich Asuncion were managed by the same handler during the Miss Bohol International Pageant 2006 Edition. Both ladies would later tread parallel tracks 

Cathy would become an ABS CBN Pinoy Big Brother Housemate in Oct 2009 while Rich would be chosen as First Princess in GMA 7's talent search "Starstruck" and place as 2009 Bb. Pilipinas 1st Runner Up and Miss Talent

                   As Candidate # 3 in the 2009 Bb. Pilipinas Beauty Pageant             

2009 Bb. Pilipinas Winners: From L- R: 2nd RU Regina Hahn, Bb. INTL Melody Gersbach, Bb. Universe Pamela Bianca Manalo, Bb. WORLD Ann Marie Umali, 1st RU Rich Asuncion


Back in 1979, a lovely lady from Loboc, Bohol won 1st RU and was chosen as Miss Lux in the Bb. Pilipinas Pageant and thus became the first Boholana to place in said pageant. 

Her name? Perla Salig

Thirty years later, another Boholana, Rich Asuncion, equalled Perla's feat when she also  placed as 1st RU in the 2009 edition of the Bb. Pilipinas Pageant.

Another Boholana beauty Taina Manigque, a member of the exclusive Triumph Court of Fashion, was a Top Fifteen Finalist and Miss Lux Awardee in the 1985 edition of the pageant


Taina Manigque is the girl in the middle with fellow models

Anna Maris Igpit however is the first and so far, the only Boholana to have won a Bb. Pilipinas crown

Here's a related link from one of the mediamen who attended the Swimsuit Presentation & Press Conference:

PHOTO CREDITS: A million thanks to Roger Vicente for giving me access to his photo files most of which are used for this blog

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