With the first- ever Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK 1999) taking place in July that year to coincide with the Sandugo Festival, pageant organizers were pressured for TBTK was also launching the first Miss Bohol International Pageant.
The town of Alburquerque sent an exquisite chinita porcelain doll Liezl Tinio who reminded everyone of Miriam Quiambao who won the Miss Universe 1st RU title that year.
Another worthy contender was the voluptuous Jan Varquez Morisawa of Loboc who had flawless skin, impeccable English and an angelic face
Who can recall the name of that girl?
Time has proven that Liezl should have been up there in the Top Ten. Today, she even looks more stunning and more sophisticated
After another round of interviews, the next cut was made and the following advanced to the final round: the crowd favorites Miss ABENA, Miss Alicia, Miss Catigbian and Miss Tagbilaran City confirmed their frontrunner status when they all made the Top Five.
A pleasant surprise was Miss Candijay, the morena beauty Jake Cadorna who came out from nowhere to snatch the fifth and final spot. To date, Jake still holds the record as the highest placed Candijaynon in Miss Bohol.
The first Candijaynon to place was Haidee Ingking back in 1991 where she was 4th RU
THE RUNNERS UP
Named 3rd RU was Miss Tagbilaran City, 2nd RU was Miss Candijay, 1st RU was Miss Alicia.
For the first and ONLY time in Miss Bohol Sandugo’s history, two ladies were crowned as Miss Bohol Sandugo with the two titles of equal importance for the two new beauty queens were to be Bohol’s automatic bets to Bb. Pilipinas and Mutya ng Pilipinas, then the two most important national pageants in the Philippines
Incidentally, both girls declined to enter their respective national pageants because of their priority on education
Pageant experience gave Maria Ria Nina Cubillo of Calape who represented the Association of Bohol Executives of National Agencies (ABENA) headed then by Rtn. Fancy Baluyot the Miss Bohol Sandugo- Bb. Pilipinas title. She first joined Miss Bohol Sandugo two years earlier where she was selected Miss Photogenic
|Jenifer Today: Forever Beautiful|
Another tall and willowy beauty, Jenifer Apayor Ejoc gave the Municipality of Catigbian, her hometown, its first Miss Bohol title when she was named the 1999 Miss Bohol Sandugo- Mutya ng Pilipinas
Jenifer eventually finished her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree in 2001 and took her BSED qualifying thereafter so that makes her a double bachelor’s degree holder.
She then took her Masters in Public Administration but decided to take a break.
Love beckoned and she tied the knot with her college sweetheart Dustin Michael Sarmiento in April 2003. They have two kids, Dana Mariaye and Diana Mave.
|Jen with her man Dustin Michael|
She has been handling Political Science and other Social Sciences classes for college students at the Holy Name University since 2003. Can you imagine having a Miss Bohol titleholder as you college professor?
|That's me with Jen Ejoc- Sarmiento representing the CAS Faculty in a dance contest!|
|Dancing the Kuradang to the audience's delight|