| 1986 Mutya sa Bohol Gemma Manding |
It was 1986 and the Yellow Fever had swept the entire Philippines. The unassuming widow of martyr Ninoy Aquino named Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino and who had just been installed as Philippine President had taken the country by storm.
Never before had a private citizen captured the imagination of a country and this happened after the historic EDSA People Power Revolution ended peacefully with the Marcoses fleeing to Hawaii.
It was under this scenario that Gemma R. Manding won the Mutya sa Bohol 1986 crown. The year before, Gemma made it to the winners’circle in the Search for Tagbilaran’s Five Prettiest. Her co- winners in the 1985 search were Liza Laway, Leah Castano, Helena Monton & Josephine Manigque.
Gemma with her parents & sister
Born to Teofilo Oppus Manding & Prudencia Ingking Reyes, Gemma was a BS Civil Engineering student at the University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, Cebu. After her reign as Mutya sa Bohol, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a licensed engineer but the free- spirited & adventurous Emay took a different career path.
She applied and got accepted as a Philippine Airlines flight attendant. She eventually got into the international flight assignment and presently, she is a PAL Flight Purser.
She married her long- time boyfriend Bebiano “Beben” Mutia Inting who is now in his last term as Tagbilaran City Councilor with whom she has three kids, namely; Gabrielle Beatrice “Gaille”, Gianfranco Bien “Gian” & Genina Bianca “Gena”
| Your Blogger with Gemma|
This year’s Miss Bohol candidates & organizers got a pleasant surprise when the still fabulous Gemma dropped by during their public speaking workshop to give them a pep talk on being a beauty queen & answer questions on being a flight attendant.
|with some of the 2015 Miss Bohol girls|
Gemma was supposed to attend the Miss Bohol 2015 tribute for past winners but her 35th DWCT HS Reunion got in the way.
Hoping to see you next year Gemma! Long may you reign!