Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sandugo Photo Winners Street Category

The 2013 Bohol Sandugo Festival has come and gone.

The month- long festival culminated with the much- awaited Street Dancing Competition.

Throngs of spectators jammed both sides of CPG Avenue to get the best spot for watching the annual spectacle of colors and rhythm that competed for prizes and accolades from the kibitzers and the nod from the judges

A photography contest was organized not only to enliven the affair but also to document the event for those who were not able to witness it

Judging the photo contest were two of the country's top photographers, Canon Ambassador Wyg Tysmans and award- winning cinematographer Romy Vitug, who were flown in for the purpose of lending their expertise in judging

Here now are the winning entries as shared by Mr. Dennis Saco, one of the organizers of the said photo competition:


Aldinson Esto
Arnel Araneta
Jhon C-ryl Matuod
Chrismael Caldo
Edrian Semana
Gerald James Cabal
Judd Joshua Gesite
Marlon Boloron
Nataniel Luperte
 Wendell Banilao
These are the images and moments as seen through the lenses of our creative and passionate photographers

Kudos to all of you!

Click this link for The Top Ten Winners: Contingent Category 

Photo Credits:

Photos that accompanied the introductory paragraphs belong to Mr. Ric Obedencio

Miss Makati Winners from Bohol

DID YOU KNOW that two Boholanas have been crowned as Miss Makati since it was launched in 1990? 

Miss Makati 1990 Winnie Moreno Lim
Winnie Moreno Lim, whose beauty titles include 1989 Mutya sa Tagbilaran, 1989 Miss Bohol Fiesta Islands and 1990 Perlas ng Visayas has the distinction of being the first Miss Makati
Miss Makati 2007 Mayumi Lugod
The second is Mayumi Lugod, UNTV newcaster/ part-time model/ beauty queen


Both ladies share one thing in common: They were both Miss DWCT/ HNU High School Personalities during their respective secondary years

More on these lovely ladies in an upcoming feature


The Miss Makati Pageant was launched in 1990 to discover talented ladies who would assist the City's cultural and tourism programs. 

Miss Makati's major role is to promote Makati as a destination to both domestic and foreign travelers. 

She also assists in organizing youth-oriented activities geared toward nation- building.

This annual project is held in cooperation with the Association of Barangay Captains of Makati. 

The ABC nominates candidates representing Makati's barangays.

The contest is open to single female residents of Makati from 16 to 25 years of age. 

They should be at least high school graduates, have a pleasing personality and good moral character and could be role models to other young Filipinas.

MISS MAKATI 2007 CORONATION Reelected Makati City Mayor now Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, his wife Dr. Elenita S. Binay, and granddaughter Jejomarie Alexie L. Binay joins newly crowned beauty queens Candidate # 4 Mayumi Lugod and Carolyn M. Fuerte who were adjudged Miss Makati 2007 and Miss Makati Tourism 2007 respectively during the coronation night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Photo Credits:

Rudy Gacer Photography
Earl Frederick

Monday, July 29, 2013

Why Brigitte is Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013

 Brigitte is Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013
Although this blogger and many others had picked her as one of the strongest contenders and was expected to place in the recently- concluded Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013 Pageant, a lot of pageant watchers and fans were taken by surprise when she won Bohol’s most prestigious beauty pageant title  


Brigette had competed in quite a number of beauty pageants.

Of course, there were frustrations and disappointments but most of the time, she emerged as winner or runner up and had collected beauty titles 


During the Miss SBE-USC Search
Brigitte has another thing going for her. She also excels in her academics. 

In fact, has been a consistent # 1 in the Dean’s List of the School of Business & Economics at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City where she is also the reigning 2013 Miss SBE- University of San Carlos

Now that is a solid testament of her determination, drive and discipline to excel in the fields that she has forayed in

Importantly and without hesitation, she can rightfully claim to be a role model for other students to look up to  


 Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013 Parade of Festival Costumes
Being picked as Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013 from a competitive batch of candidates naturally has thrust her into the spotlight. 

The public scrutiny and the intense media glare has been quite overwhelming. 

She has her share of admirers as well as critics and bashers who have maligned and unfairly judged her

That is to be expected especially in Bohol where pageants are regularly staged and where beauty pageant queens are adored by many and placed on a pedestal
2013 Miss Bohol Sandugo 


Brigitte has remarkably shown a lot of class and restraint as far as handling her critics and addressing the issues raised against her Miss Bohol Sandugo triumph.

By not reacting to them at all, she has shown her magnanimity as a victor and has proven to everyone that she can roll with the punches and that she can take care of herself

Bravo for showing a high level of maturity beyond her years and for proving that she has been brought up well and has realized early on that she cannot please everyone


Admittedly, Brigitte who represented the Municipality of Alicia in this year’s edition of Miss Bohol Sandugo was not the most facially beautiful nor was she among the tallest girls from the Batch of 2013

But on pageant night and when it mattered the most , she unleashed her pageant arsenal of wit, poise and charm. You just can’t ignore her commanding stage presence.  

She showed them that she had the personality and aura of a queen. Her confidence and self- assuredness showed in her graceful strides and very fluid movements onstage.

She has mastered the art of looking unrehearsed and being spontaneous and that is a refreshing change from girls who are so stiff and rigid onstage (a result from rehearsing & coaching overload) 

She came across as very relaxed and looked like she was actually enjoying the whole pageant experience.

Her winsome and captivating smile just lit up the entire stage and helped her stand out. 

The  Art of Making It 
Look Effortlessly Easy
So how did she end up stealing the thunder from the frontrunners and the early pageant favorites?

I am one of those who believe that beauty queens are made not born. 

Brigitte didn’t just wake up one day and decided to enter the pageant and win it all. 

Her recent victory was the result of hard work and sacrifices. 

The previous pageants that she entered before were all learning experiences for her. 

The good student that she is, she studied them well and soaked up everything.  


By the time she was onstage with 17 other Boholanas and competing for the Miss Bohol Sandugo crown, she was already a polished candidate who knew how to downplay her weaknesses and knew how to highlight her strengths.  

Controversial gown choice
Even her choice of evening gown was a brilliant pageant maneuver that had everybody talking days after the pageant. 

Here's the link: The Controversial Gown

In the end, she parlayed her competitive edge into a Miss Bohol Sandugo victory

disbelief after being named 
Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013
It is always inevitable that people talk after a new pageant queen is crowned. 

You see, Beauty is relative and how a candidate handles the final interview is very subjective and therefore dependent on the tastes and preferences of the judging panel.

Destiny, Timing and Luck play important roles in winning a beauty title.

The stars had aligned that night for Brigitte who was destined to place her hometown Alicia in the Miss Bohol Sandugo limelight

Let Brigitte savor her victory and join me as we wish her
"Long May You Reign, Brigitte!"
Photo Credits:

Chrismael Caldo
Ric Obedencio

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013 Parade of Festival Costumes


This has got to be the most spectacular edition of the annual Miss Bohol Sandugo Pageant . 

It was a kaleidoscope and a riot of colors and a cacophony of live rhythmic beat from the Pentagon Drum & Bugle Corps during the traditional Parade of Festival Costumes and Introduction of Candidates

The reigning queen Idy Casenas Cagas was simply a queen to behold as she opened up the segment with some lifts and turns from her back up dancers

The screams got louder when the 18 candidates from all parts of Bohol came out garbed in the festival and traditional costumes 

Here are the Opening Salvo Highlights:

 Miss Baclayon
Miss Guindulman
 Miss Sierra Bullones
Miss Corella
 Miss Royal Business Club
 Miss Panglao

 Miss Talibon

 Miss Alicia
 Miss Bohol Island State University
 Miss Dauis
Photo Credits: Chrismael Caldo

Join the 2013 Bohol Sandugo Festival Photo Contest

Mayor John Geesnell "Baba" Yap Sandugo Photography Contest  

Contest 2013 Contest Mechanics

 CONTEST ELIGIBILITY -This contest is open to all professional & amateur photographers and hobbyists.

CATEGORIES – There are two categories for the Sandugo Photo Contest 2013:


The subject can either be CONTINGENT participant (individual or group) taken strictly during their official performances on JULY 28, 2013. 


These are photos taken in the streets of TAGBILARAN depicting the Bohol Sandugo festivities July 28, 2013

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING (both categories) 

Visual Impact                                       : 30%
Technical (exposure & focus)             : 30%
Artistry (creativity & composition)    : 40%.   

Total : 100%. 



a. Photo contest entry fee IS FREE A maximum of 5 entries shall be allowed per photographer in this category;


a. Entry fee is FREE 
b. A maximum of 5 entries shall be allowed per photographer in this category.

PHOTO FORMAT / ENTRY DETAILS (for both categories)

Each entry must be taken with a digital camera and submitted DIRECT FROM YOUR CAM AT REDEMPTION CENTER ( TBA) 

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered or manipulated beyond standard optimization may be disqualified. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion. 

• Deadline for submission of entries will be on SAME DAY JULY 28., 2013, 5:00 p.m. at designated areas.

• By submitting an entry, each participant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules.


• By entering the contest, participants grant the city government of Tagbilaran a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media, for any educational, promotional, exhibition, archival, and all other standard purposes of the Foundation.

Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The City government of Tagbilaran will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.


Pre-screened entries will be exhibited on_________ at designated area (TBA). The awarding of winners will also be held on the same day. NOT ALL ENTRIES SHALL BE ON EXHIBIT.



1st Prize      : P10,000 
2nd Prize     : P5,000 
3rd Prize      : P 3,000


1st Prize        : P5,000 
2nd Prize       : P4,000 
3rd Prize       : P 3,000

• The decision of the Board of Judges is Final. The organizer shall have the right not to entertain any protest or complaint after the final decision of winners shall be made.

Catch the fever and excitement! Be There When It Happens!

Photo Credits:

Chrismael Calddo

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