Thursday, December 6, 2012

1988 Mutya ng Bohol: Elizabeth Mumar Anana

Guindulman, the Queen Town of Eastern Bohol, affirmed its status as home to some of Bohol's most beautiful women when its bet, Elizabeth Mumar Anana, was proclaimed 1988 Mutya sa Bohol and was also adjudged Best in Swimsuit and Best in Gown

The 1988 edition was highly- anticipated for the swimsuit would be making its debut in the Miss Bohol pageant that year.

Since Bohol has 48 municipalities plus the capital city of Tagbilaran, the candidates underwent a preliminary competition that selected the fifteen official candidates who will then compete on coronation night at the Bohol Cultural Center

Elizabeth, a 22 year old business management student of the University of San Carlos set temperatures rising when she sashayed onstage in a high- cut one- piece swimsuit.

At that time, it was considered daring especially in conservative Bohol but still, she was able to pull it off with her wholesome look, winsome smile, curvaceous figure and confident stride. Elizabeth went on to represent the province in the nationwide search for Miss Philippine Red Cross 1988, a popularity & personality tilt that was telecast over RPN 9

Mestiza beauty Elizabeth Mumar Anana gave Guindulman its first and so far, only Miss Bohol crown after a succession of runners up and finalists
  Crowned by outgoing queen Gemma Manding, a Civil Engr & flight attendant

TRIVIA: Did you know that Elizabeth dyed her dark brown hair to black just to look less mestiza? According to her mom, Mrs. Felicitas Mumar Anana, being too mestiza during the 80's lessened a candidate's chances of winning the title.  Her strategy worked!

CONTROVERSIAL SWIMSUIT By today's standards, Elizabeth's swimsuit would be deemed too conservative, but still daring with its revealing high cut slit up to there. Back in 1988, it was the talk of the town days and weeks after the pageant was concluded
 Beth was a scene-stealer during the Swimsuit Competition


With Family. (L to R): Ammabelle Manigque-Milallos(niece), Marites Lim(sister), Felicitas Añana(mother), Elizabeth Añana, Marilou Real(sister), Marivic Golosino(sister), Glenn Manigque(nephew), Pacita Manigque(sister), Junjun Manigque(nephew).

Who would have known that Glenn Manigque would also be hosting the annual Miss Bohol Pageant years after this picture was taken

SOURCE OF PRIDE  Winning a beauty title in Bohol has always been a source of pride not only for the place or institution being represented but also for the family & friends of the newly- crowned beauty queen. So can you imagine how Isay's victory was celebrated by the town of Guindulman and her entire clan? 

LIFE AFTER MUTYA SA BOHOL 1988.  Fresh from her 1988 Mutya sa Bohol triumph, Elizabeth then proudly and confidently carried the Bohol sash in the 1st Central Visayas Area San Miguel Beer Sportsfest Queen Search

And yes, she won over the ladies representing Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Mandaue, Lapulapu and Siquijor.


Presently, Beth is managing the Philippine operations of Symmetry Global, a multinational company based in Houston, Texas. Bannered by its catch phrase"Changing People's Lives for The Better", Symmetry Global which helps create business opportunities for thousands of Filipinos supports this year’s Miss Bohol Pageant.

 Still the lovely girl that won Miss Bohol  back in 1988
And so by the time Miss Bohol 2015 will be declared and crowned, the Miss Bohol journey of the girl from Guindulman will have gone full circle.

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