It was Year 2002 and just like the three previous editions (1999, 2000 & 2001) of the province’s longest running and most prestigious pageant, it was still the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran that took charge of the production & publicity aspects of the Miss Bohol Sandugo pageant.
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Sun Apartelle, Alona Beach, Panglao
A total of 17 young winsome Boholanas competed in swimsuits, evening gowns & casual onstage interviews before the field was narrowed down to the final seven.
SENSATIONAL SEVEN SEMIFINALISTS
The Top Seven were Miss Guindulman Suzette Vano, Miss Tagbilaran City Twinkle Besas, Miss Alicia Melanie Sadia, Miss Duero Vanessa Aranas, Miss Sagbayan Elouise Gonzales, Miss Dimiao Cherry Mae Bacarro & Miss Cortes Melissa Alderite.
PANEL OF JUDGES:
The panel of judges was chaired by 1977 Mutya ng Pilipinas- World Peachy Veneracion. Ms Veneracion, together with the reigning Miss Philippines Earth 2002 April Ross Perez & Miss Philippines Air 2002 Justine Gabionza were in Bohol to do an ocular inspection of the province prior to the final decision to hold a pre- pageant activity of Miss Earth later that year.
The other celebrity judges were TV host & model Phoemela Barranda & actor Jeffrey Santos. I still remember how the aspiring actor was criticized for wearing a very casual & sleeveless attire matched with jeans & boots.
The 2002 edition of the pageant was directed & choreographed by the late fashion designer Oyet Conlu.
Miss Cortes & Miss Baclayon were two of the friendliest girls
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After another round of interviews, one final cut was made and advancing to the penultimate round were Miss Sagbayan, Miss Tagbilaran City & Miss Dimiao. The final Q & A came & after giving their answers, the judges made their final deliberations.
2002 Miss Bohol Sandugo Is...
Cherry May Bacarro of Dimiao was named Miss Bohol Sandugo 2002. 1st RU was Tagbilaran City’s Twinkle Besas. 2nd RU was Fil- Aussie Elouise Gonzales who represented Sagbayan
2003 BB PILIPINAS PAGEANT
After the pageant, not much was heard from Ms Bacarro for she went back quietly to Cagayan de Oro City. The following year, halfway through her year- long reign as Miss Bohol Sandugo 2002, Ms Bacarro had to give up her crown after she was selected as an official candidate in the 2003 Bb Pilipinas Beauty Pageant.
It would have been a source of pride and joy for Boholano pageant watchers but she represented another place when she competed.
Miss Tagbilaran City Twinkle Besas assumed the crown
The remainder of her reign was assumed by the 1st Runner Up Miss Twinkle Besas of Tagbilaran City