Thursday, May 29, 2014

Miss Tagbilaran City Is Miss Boholympics 2014

Miss Boholympics in her festival costume
Miss Tagbilaran City Karen Rosana Llorente, 16 years old, was crowned the 2014 Miss Boholympics after she made a clean sweep of the four areas of judging in the said pageant held last night at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City.

The incoming University of the Philippines freshman topped the bevy of 10 candidates in the Production Number, Festival Costume, Sports Wear & Sports Interpretation competitions. Ms. Llorente who just graduated from Tagbilaran City Science High School was also named the winner of the Runway Challenge

She was crowned by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto & outgoing queen Rizalee Rose Razo also of Tagbilaran City.
Miss Boholympics does a Manny Pacquiao during
the Sports Interpretation segment

1st Runner Up was Miss Duero Meikko Magtahas, a half- Japanese beauty who wowed everyone when she greeted them in Japanese. 2nd Runner Up was crowd favourite Miss Baclayon Shiela Mae Rebostera. 3rd Runner was Miss Balilihan Venus Toledo who never had any prior pageant experience. 4th Runner Up was Miss Calape Christine Ancog.

2014 Miss Boholympics with Gov. Chatto & Rizalee Razo, last year's winner
L-R: 4th RU Calape,2nd RU Baclayon, 2013 & 2014 queens, Gov. Chatto, 1st RU Duero, 3rd RU Balilihan
Before the Announcement
Miss Dauis Gretchen Cimafranca who placed 3rd in Festival Costume, 5th in Sports Wear & 4th in Sports Interpretation would have made it in the winners’ circle were it not for problems encountered in the Opening Number.

She struggled in her heavy and elaborately- designed costume that even got snagged in the wires on the stage thus was unable to really perform during the production number.  She eventually placed 6th overall, just a breath away from the Top Five

Anthony Damalerio & DepEd official awards Miss Valencia as Miss Congeniality.
The girl in white is Miss Dauis whose costume was snagged by the stage wiring
Miss Valencia Marigold Lim was voted by fellow candidates as Miss Congeniality and also got the Miss Punctuality special award


The panel of judges was composed of Dr. Jennylette Ayson, Mr. Merlino Acebes and Candy Cumayas, official candidate of Bohol & Central Visayas in the 2014 Mutya ng Pilipinas Pageant national finals

 Your Blogger with Dr. Ayson, Ms. Cumayas & Mr. Acebes
One of the highlights of the evening was the "Endless Love" duet of Gov. Chatto and Alma Mida Golosino, one of Bohol’s prettiest & talented singers.


The three year old beauty search highlighted the opening salvo of the 2014 Boholympics, the annual athletic competition that gathers, discovers & trains young promising Boholano athlethes for regional, national and even international athletic meets.

Candy Cumayas is flanked by Gov.Edgar Chatto & Prov'l Youth & Sports Coordinator Joel Molina
Your Blogger poses with the 2014 Miss Boholympics winners
Your Blogger emceed the affair through the invitation of Dr. Jennylette  Ayson & Mr. Joel Molina, Bohol Provincial Youth & Sports Coordinator

Photo Credits: Dr. Jennylette Ayson 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jesseth Sendrijas Pasagad Turns 18: Part Five

Jesseth Nez Sendrijas Pasagad who turns 18 a few days from now is the daughter of Zosimo & Aileen Pasagad of Bilar, Bohol.

Nez or Zen, as she is affectionately called, will have a formal coming out party at one of the posh resorts in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.


She is not your ordinary girl. She finished high school last year with high honors from Tagbilaran City Science High School. This June, she will be in her sophomore year at the Palawan State University where she is taking up BS Petroleum Engineering and is currently, a President's Lister (academic achievement)

The epitome of beauty & brains, she was also the representative of the Municipality of Bilar in the province- wide search for 2012 Miss Teen Bohol. She emerged 1st Runner Up and was declared Miss Talent in the same pageant

Her debut will have “Enchantment” as her theme

For this set of photos taken on location in Bilar, Bohol, the debutante shares her thoughts on enigma:

I always take pride that I am a very transparent person. What you see is what you get. Now that I am turning 18, I guess I have to change a little bit of that. 
I can’t always wear my heart on my sleeves. I have to leave a little mystery about myself. So that means I just can’t blab about everything and not be an open book.

There has to be a set of details best left unmentioned. Being enigmatic would definitely keep people guessing and I wouldn’t be too predictable and the aura of mystery would add up to an image of being a woman in control.

Of course, my mom & my innermost circle would always be privy to the most intimate details about me  
This is the fifth of a series for the pre- debut shoot that we did for the debutante last May 7, 2014

Here's the link for Part Four

Creative Team Behind the Shoot:

Ghen Lumayag Photography

Photographers                   : Ghen Lumayag & Virna Avergonzado
HMUA                               : Lister Dela Cruz
Dresses                               : ZEN Trendy Gowns and Dresses by Mama Aileen
Accessories                         : Ma'am Fiel Angeli Espejo Araoarao-Gabin
Creative Direction             : Sir Raul Phillip Orimaco Gatal 

Special Thanks:

Sir Butch Bernas 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spongecola: Rocking & Rebuilding in Bohol

Hundreds died, thousands were injured and infrastructure worth millions crumbled down when Bohol was jolted by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 13, 2014. 

More than the loss of lives and properties, it was the destruction and the damage wrought on our centuries- old churches that really broke the hearts of Boholanos. 

They were more than just symbols of our faith. They were part of our lives and until now, a sense of collective loss is still being felt by many

This is where Congressman Aris Aumentado, the youthful and dynamic 2nd District Representative of Bohol, came into the rescue. 

Through a benefit concert series that he initiated & supported, he has been able to successfully raise donations to help rebuild some of the damaged churches from the Diocese of Talibon.

Cong. Aris Aumentado  thanks concertgoers for their support
Cong. Aris Aumentado & wife Vanessa draws  raffle winners
Vanessa & Angel pose for our camera while
Cong. Aumentado 
& Councilor Jojo Bompat enjoy the show  
Dubbed Rock & Rebuild, the concert series was launched last May 23 with Spongecola, topbilling the event that was staged in Talibon, Bohol with K & N Productions of LJ Lumayag handling the event.

It was a memorable gig mainly because it was my first time to handle a concert’s directorial job

Your Blogger as Concert Director with technical crew
Here are some of the highlights of the Spongecola Concert as captured by the lenses of Ghen Lumayag and Hon. Joseph Bompat, Tagbilaran City Councilor:

THE CONCERT: ROCK & REBUILD with Spongecola. The first of a benefit concert series of Cong. Aris Aumentado to help rebuild the damaged churches of the Diocese of Talibon.

BIG thanks to all those who came, to Cong. Aris Aumentado and all his staff, and of course, to all sponsors who made this event a succes!

Liaison Officer: Carolyne Maniwang

Event coordination by: K&N Productions

Head Eventologist: Lj Maria Lumayag

Lights & Sounds : DRC Sounds.lights.staging

Concert Director and Voice over: Raul Phillip Orimaco Gatal

Technical & Stage Manager: Sonny Lagorra Azcuna 

Event Staff: Greff Torregosa

Artist Management: Ghen Lumayag & Edgardo Reformina 

LJ Lumayag's K & N Productions handled the event
Photo: Ryan Macalandag

Georgia On My Mind

Nong Boy Castillo & I are not talking about the song nor about the Empire State of the South in the U.S. of A. 

We are talking about the gorgeous Georgia Jauslin whose breathtaking blend of Filipino & European progeny is tempered with substance and pragmatism.

The beautiful AND brainy Georgia Jauslin has been getting a lot of attention lately especially in cyberspace for she is one of the hottest contenders in the ongoing worldwide search for The SWISS Explorer  

So who is Georgia Jauslin? She is the classy and well- mannered lady who would always have Bohol in her heart for it was here in our beautiful island paradise that she spent her growing up years and early education. She embodies the modern- day girl who is free spirited, nonchalant, independent- minded and who speaks her mind out.

This 23 year old is no airhead. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Cum Laude, from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City.

Her natural flair for languages that includes English, German, Swiss- German and Filipino plus her talent for marketing, communication and writing landed her a job with Alliance Fran├žaise de Cebu.  

Right now, she is presently based in Zurich, Switzerland and enjoys her life as a freelance writer and lives live to the fullest.


Aside from getting the lead role of a yet-to- be released American film, “A Faraway Life”, she was also selected for “IN THE TUB” portrait book, volume 2, part of a global campaign on breast cancer research.  

A FARAWAY LIFE: with Joross Gamboa 
MODELING FOR  Rainbowfish Photography

Georgia, “IN THE TUB" Portrait Book, Volume 2 shoot. All the proceeds go to breast cancer research. Photo Credits: TJ Scott

You can buy your copy of 'IN THE TUB' here 

I got a chance to check out her interview in Zee Style’s glossy April 2013 issue where she was asked how she sees herself five years from now, Georgia says:

 “In five years, I see myself as a true world citizen – someone who has traveled the world; an enriched soul who has gained a deeper understanding of the things that truly matter.
I see myself as a successful writer, someone flourishing in the artistic field, even if these days, it is the road less traveled.”
 A Daring Georgia on the cover of Zee
Photo Credits: Jan Gonzales for Zee
With your help, Georgia just might realize that vision in less than a year.

Vote for Georgia now through this link:

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