Friday, February 14, 2014

2000 Miss Bohol Sandugo: Mellanie Angelina Wallace

MISS BOHOL SANDUGO 2000 

Sandugo Festival 2000 would always be fondly remembered for two big reasons. 

The first would be the Mardi Gras- inspired celebration that saw Bohol’s top music bands performing at every corner along CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran’s main thoroughfare for the jampacked spectators and visitors. 

The second reason would be the selection of an adorably charming high school senior as Miss Bohol Sandugo for that year. 

Let’s relive the memory of the 12th edition of Bohol’s most prestigious beauty competition

ROTARY CLUB OF TAGBILARAN

For the second straight year, the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran spearheaded the selection of Miss Bohol Sandugo. Bohol cultural impresario Marianito Luspo, the man behind HNU’s Diwanag Dance & Theater Ensemble conceptualized & directed the show. Iconic dance instructor Nanay Nila Calimbayan Itac choreographed the dance numbers & production highlights as well as train the girls on stage projection & building confidence

PANGLAO ISLAND NATURE RESORT (P.I.N.R.) FUN SHOOT

Two weeks prior to the pageant night, the girls visited the corporate sponsors and had a fun shoot at the Panglao Island Nature Resort









STAR- STUDDED SHOW

It was a glittering pageant night with Bohol’s political heavyweights led by Gov. Rene L. Relampagos andTagbilaran City Mayor Jose V. Torralba and senatorial hopefuls Manny Villar & Obet Pagdanganan in attendance.

BOARD OF JUDGES

Members of the board of judges included multi- awarded director & pageant mentor Jeffrey Jeturian, talented Boholano cinema production designer Leo Abaya, TV / movie actress Angel Aquino & promising model Verns Boniel Buckley  who would later win the 2002 Ford Supermodel of the World- Philippines  and place in the Top Ten at the international finals

Jeffrey Jeturian        
Ms Angel Aquino        
Mr Leo Antonio Abaya 
Ms. Verns Boniel Buckley 
CULTURAL INSPIRED SHOW

The 2000 Miss Bohol Sandugo Pageant opened with a festive dance number featuring the girls garbed in similarly- designed two- piece dress ensembles with matching headdresses. 

THE BIKINI MAKES ITS FIRST APPEARANCE

But the most earth- shaking and perhaps, the ground- breaking moment for the pageant was the debut of the bikini that year during the swimsuit segment of the pageant. 

Not exactly, the skimpiest but nevertheless, quite daring already considering that Boholanas in general are very conservative.

The one- piece swimsuit in fact made its first appearance in Miss Bohol Pageant history in 1988 with Elizabeth Anana of Guindulman becoming the very first winner of the Best in Swimsuit special award prior to being crowned as the queen for that year

Here's the link to the 1988 Mutya sa Bohol Story

The swimsuit however made its debut in Bohol pageantry during the 1987 Miss Tagbilaran Pageant where the winner Fiel Angeli Araoarao and her runners up were crowned and sashed in their swimsuits. Rosario Inting, the eventual 1st RU is the very first Best in Swimsuit awardee in Miss Tagbilaran history

 Here's the link to the 1987 Miss Tagbilaran Story

 Your Blogger is the Pageant Emcee         


The pageant also highlighted the Sandugo Festival including a Blood Compact reenactment tableaux. 
Q & A MOMENT: Miss Loon Haidee Gastones
 is Miss Friendship        

FINAL FIVE

After the girls competed in the swimsuit, evening gown and personal interviews, the the five girls who got the highest cumulative scores advanced to the semifinal round where they answered questions asked by the judges   
FINAL FIVE: (L-R) Miss Calape, Miss Buenavista, Miss Bilar, Miss Tubigon & Miss Tagbilaran City 
After Miss Calape, Miss Tagbilaran City & Miss Tubigon were declared as the the top three finalists, it was back to zero for the girls and they had to hurdle one final common question

The final question as asked by judge Jeffrey Jeturian: 
"If a genie would appear in front of you right now and would grant you three wishes, what would those wishes be and why?"
THE TOP THREE: Miss Calape, Miss Tubigon & Miss Tagbilaran City


AND THEN THERE WERE TWO: 
Miss Calape & Miss Tagbilaran City


FAREWELL WALK

Prior to the farewell walk of outgoing Miss Bohol Sandugo Jenifer Apayor Ejoc of Catigbian, 1999 Miss Bohol Winnie Moreno Lim and 1990 Miss Bohol Tiffany Matuod Yap were spotlighted as well 

THE CROWNING OF A NEW QUEEN

Finally, the moment had come to announce the results in what is probably one of the most competitive Top Three in Miss Bohol Sandugo history

Declared 2nd Runner Up was Miss Tubigon Marecor Recio and then Miss Tagbilaran City Mutya Zamora was called as the 1st Runner Up

Miss Calape Mellanie Angelina Wallace was a 16 year old high senior when she was crowned Miss Bohol Sandugo 2000. 

She currently holds the record as the youngest ever to win the crown 

with outgoing Miss Bohol Jenifer Sarmiento, Manny Villar & 
Bohol Gov. Rene Relampagos 

2nd RU Miss Tubigon, Ms Bohol Sandugo Miss Calape, 1st RU Miss Tagbilaran City

COMPLETE FINAL RESULTS

Miss Bohol 2000                Mellanie Angelina Wallace            Calape
1st Runner Up                    Mutya Amor Zamora                    Tagbilaran City
2nd Runner Up                   Marecor Recio                             Tubigon

Finalist                                Melchora Quilas                           Bilar
Finalist                                Diane Leopando                           Buenavista

SPECIAL AWARDS

Miss Photogenic                 Mellanie Wallace                         Calape
Miss Diet Coke                  Mellanie Wallace                         Calape
Miss Friendship                  Haidee Gastones                         Loon
Miss BCCTV                     Marecor Recio                            Tubigon
Miss Lite Shipping              Marecor Recio                            Tubigon

Best in Evening Gown        Mutya Zamora                             Tagbilaran City
Best in Swimsuit                Mutya Zamora                              Tagbilaran City
Best in Interview               Mellanie Wallace                           Calape

ALL ABOUT THE QUEEN

Mellanie Angelina Wallace is presently based in New York, USA where she works as a nurse. 

Mellanie Wallace today       
She goes home regularly to visit her Bohol- based family and friends.

Mellanie's mom is the famous yet down- to- earth Vicky Wallace, the entrepreneur behind the very successful Bohol Bee Farm in Dauis, Panglao with outlets The Buzz in Island City Mall and The Buzz in Galleria Luisa along Tagbilaran City. 

She has a brother Abdul who helps oversee the operations of the family business

Coincidentally, another Buzz Cafe & Restaurant will open tonight right smack in the middle of Alona Beach, Panglao Island

Mellanie surely is the lucky charm      

Click on the link:     Miss Bohol Queens: Through the Decades

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