Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mary Abigail Besas is Crowned the First Matahum sa Ubay!

It was a most glittering beauty pageant that had people in Ubay and neighboring towns talking about it for days. 

A clear vindication for the newly- formed Performing Artists of Ubay (PAU) who were met with skepticism when they announced their intent to stage a pageant that would showcase not only the beauty & achievements of Ubaynon women but also the grace and artistry of outstanding Ubaynons in the creative, visual and performing artists.
 Matahum Pageant Chair Arlene Cuyno crowns
the first Matahum sa Ubay queen

Ubay First Lady & ABC Pres. Violy Reyes crown the 1st RU
while Ubay Mayor Constan Reyes looks on
 L-R: Miss Bohol 2016 Glyssa Perez, Mrs. Arlene Cuyno, Matahum Abigail Besas, 
Michelle Sarabosing- Curit & USec ArtyEvangelista

  PAGEANT EMCEES: Your Roving Eye and Rona Boyonas
   Two of the nine judges intently watch the girls onstage

Mary Abigail Besas, an 18 year old Architecture student from De La Salle University bested a bevy of twelve ladies and was named Matahum sa Ubay 2017. Miss Besas, who will be the town’s official bet for Miss Bohol 2017, was also named Best in Gown, Best in Interview and Miss Talent.

The first ever winner of Matahum sa Ubay had no prior pageant experience but she wowed the judges and the crowd with her class & elegance, her spontaneity and her impressive credentials. She is definitely one of the girls to watch out for in the Miss Bohol Pageant this July.
 L-R: 3rd RU Ms. Gonzales, 1st RU Ms. Atuel, Matahum 2017 Ms. Besas,
2nd RU Ms. Autor and 4th RU Ms. Hibaya

Rounding out her court were 1st Runner Up & Karen Lynn Atuel, a Medical Technology intern at Cebu Doctors University. Ms. Atuel was also named Miss Photogenic and Best in Swimsuit.  2nd Runner Up & Best in Production Number was Chona Autor, 3rd Runner Up was Hanna Clarisse Gonzales and 4th RU was Claire Hibaya.
 Two of the nine judges intently watch the girls onstage
 Tourism Officer Antonette, Fiel Gabin,
PSSupt. Natividad & Cong. Aumentado

Cong. Aumentado & wife Vanessa flank
Matahum sa Ubay 2017

 PAGEANT ORGANIZERS Performing Artists of Ubay (PAU)
with Matahum sa Ubay 2017 beauties
The lovely Vanessa Cadorna Aumentado, Miss Bohol 2001 and wife of Cong. Aris Aumentado chaired the panel of judges that included USec Art Evangelista, Administrator of DOTr Office for Transportation Security, reigning Miss Bohol 2016 Glyssa Perez, Miss Tagbilaran 1987 Fiel Angeli Gabin, PNP  Bohol Prov’l Director PSSupt. Felipe Natividad.  


# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Matahum sa Ubay 2017
# 11
Karen Lynn Atuel
1st Runner Up
# 7
Chona Autor
2nd Runner Up
# 5
Hanna Clarisse Gonzales
3rd Runner Up
# 10
Claire Hibaya
4th Runner Up

# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Best in Interview
# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Best in Evening Gown
# 11
Karen Lynn Atuel
Best in Swimsuit
# 7
Chona Autor
Best in Production Number
# 11
Karen Lynn Atuel
Miss Photogenic
# 12
Mary Abigail Besas
Miss Talent

People’s Choice
# 3
Flory Jane Flores
Smart Texter’s Choice
# 1
Nancy Basilad
Darling of the Press
# 8
Ma. Trisha Rempillo
Miss Congeniality

Photo Credits: 

Ric Obedencio
Roger Gatal

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