Almost six months have passed since Mary Eda Calimbayan Cimafranca was crowned Miss Bohol 2015 in a hotly- contested & emotionally- charged edition of Bohol’s most prestigious and longest running beauty competition.
It was the venue for the Meet & Greet with the judges prior to the pageant finals
“I have been pursuing an AB Communication degree because I believe in the power of information and by becoming an agent or channel for factual communication, I would be able to help make our country a better one. As a freshman in ADMU, I have to say that it isn’t as tough right now. I have been taking up my minor subjects which aren’t exactly that heavy”
“Tagbilaran & Manila are two very different places. One thing is for sure, though, because of my stay away from home, I have definitely appreciated Tagbilaran more and more. I miss its quaintness and its people. It has been quite hard adjusting but that's life. In order for you to go far, you have to be versatile, flexible and allow yourself to grow.”
“Well aside from the fact that I have been prioritizing my studies in Manila, during my month-long Christmas break, I have been waiting for an invitation from any organization. I would be more than glad to lend my voice & speak up for advocacy projects involving women, children & education”
"To have accomplished quite a few successes and coincidentally with the victory Pia has made felt like something more than a mere coincidence. Pia’s triumph should inspire Filipinos especially the younger generation to reach out for their dreams because she has proven that anything is possible if you set your heart and mind to it.
Year 2015 was full of blessings for me. I won two prestigious beauty titles; Mutya sa Tagbilaran and eventually, the Miss Bohol crown as well. Having won these privileges and responsibilities, I realized what I really am capable of and that I have so many dreams that are yet to be fulfilled."
“It’s understandable how Miss Colombia reacted after the crowning mistake because she was humiliated all over the world. If I were in Miss Colombia's shoes, I wouldn't take the incident badly or with hard feelings. I have done my best and that some things are meant for other people. “
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"I want to be remembered as a Miss Bohol who has the strength of heart and mind. Despite the booing crowds and the disheartening & immature Facebook rants, I know in my heart that I came in the competition with a clean conscience and out of it with the same one."
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"I would love to promote the coastal towns of Dauis, Baclayon and Anda. These three towns lie on the coastlines of the province, not far from the shore. I’ve always been fond of the sea which never fails to calm me."
"I really think it would all depend on the person. If that certain beauty queen excels in leading, I wouldn't see why not. In fact it would be great if beauty queens did so. This would empower women as well as help in the betterment of a province or be it a nation even."
"Well of course, it all started with my older sisters, my uncle from Dubai and my mother. My sisters who were both successful in pageantry inspired me to join. Instead of pressuring or discouraging me, they laid out footsteps for me to follow.
From my Dubai- based uncle, who has always supported me ever since I joined my first pageant with his pieces of advice and his reassurance, I would find my confidence.
My mother, who was always present, both physically and emotionally for me, was my guide. Altogether, they are the people to whom I would attribute my success."
| Your Roving Eye & Miss Bohol 2015 are joined by project coordinator|
Grace Torres & lifestyle photographer Ghen Lumayag
"I have never been so thankful to have been supported by the city government of Tagbilaran. Mayor John Geesnell Yap & First Lady Jane Cajes Yap were very generous and supportive during my candidacy for Miss Bohol, which only proves how much they are advocates of youth empowerment, as I am a part of the youth and as I, too, may be their instrument to reach out to and to inspire young Boholanos and Boholanas everywhere."
| Eda relaxes with the crew involved in the shoot & interview|
JJ's Seafood Village
Visit the site for more of the photos with assistance by Richie Noel Tabat
Location: Ocean Suites, Bool, Tagbilaran City