Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sevilla's Bet for Miss Bohol 2016


The Little Baguio of Bohol, Sevilla, rarely sends candidates to the annual search for Bohol's fairest but when it does, it makes sure that teir candidate is topnotch.

Meet the Municipality of Sevilla’s official bet in the 2016 Miss Bohol Pageant Search. 

Queenie Mae Varquez Baquial, 19 years old, is a graduating BS Tourism student of Bohol Island State University- Main Campus.

Queenie who is a member of her town’s Parish Youth Movement & the Confraternity of Our Lady of Lourdes is no stranger to beauty pageants. 


At the age of 15, she represented Holy Trinity School in the province- wide search for Miss BACS (Bohol Association of Catholic Schools) where she emerged as Miss BACS Athletics (equivalent to 2nd RU).
  Miss BACS Athletics 2012

  Standout during province- wide search for Miss BACS 2012
On the same year, she also represented her municipality in the Mr. & Ms Teen Bohol Search. Although she didn’t make the Top Five, the experience itself was more than enough to boost her self- confidence & improve her interpersonal skills. Winning last year’s Mutya ng Sevilla (Pearl of Sevilla) gave her the honor of representing her town in the 2016 Miss Bohol Pageant, which marks the 90th year since the first Miss Bohol was crowned in 1926.
Mutya sa Sevilla 2015 Glamshot 

We always associate beauty queens with glitz and glamour but Queenie is not your typical beauty queen. Prior to and right after her crowning as Mutya ng Sevilla, she lost two very important women in her life to breast cancer. She dedicated her Mutya ng Sevilla victory to her grandma who passed away days before the pageant and to her mother who also passed away a month after her crowning. 

Mutya sa Sevilla 2015 in her swimwear
According to Queenie, she does not participate that much in campus organizations as she is focusing on her studies and is helping out in the household chores. She is grateful that her older brother was able to land a job abroad just last year.

She has found solace & comfort in knowing her two loved ones are in a place where there is no pain. At the same time, she draws strength from her painful losses every time adversity strikes.

If and when Lady Luck smiles at her during pageant night, she will dedicate her year of reign to focusing on Bohol's tourism draws and help increase the awareness level on breast cancer 
Your Roving Eye with Queenie Mae

The beauty queen also revealed that she is dedicating her Miss Bohol participation not only to her municipality but also to her grandmother and her mother who were both avid pageant fans. 

With teary eyes, she clearly remembers that her parents were monitoring the Miss Sevilla pageant right at their home since her mom was already too sick to attend the pageant finals and besides, their house is only a few meters away from the cultural center & gymnasium where the pageant was being staged.
 Triumph over Tragedy
The beauty queen shares that her participation in the province’s most prestigious beauty competition would surely boost her confidence and be a big help for her in her future career in the tourism industry.

As the big night for the Sandugo Festival’s most glamorous highlight gets nearer and nearer, Queenie takes comfort that she has the support not only of Sevilla but also the love and support of her mom and grandma from up above.

Thanks to Sevilla Vice Mayor Richard Bucag for the info & photos.


Saturday, July 9, Talent Night, Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium, 8 pm
Sunday, July 17, Pageant Night, Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium, 8 pm

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