PANGLAO’S FAIREST Lourdes National High School’s bet Marissa Cloma was crowned Miss Panglao 2017 after besting a field of 14 candidates in a spectacular & glittering pageant held at the Panglao town plaza last Friday evening.
Ms. Cloma who is vying for Class Valedictorian and is her school paper’s Associate Editor earlier swept the swimsuit, evening gown and interviews before leading four other girls into the final round. The beauty queen was also named Miss Photogenic, Miss Renaissance Spa, Miss Panglao Island Travel & Tours, Miss Bohol Beach Club, Darling of the Crowd, Best in Interview, Best in Resort Wear & Best in Casual Wear.
| Miss Panglao 2017 from LNHS with Miss Tawala 1st RU and Miss AFI 2nd RU |
Photo Credits: TJ Medrana Photography & Ric Obedencio
WINNING ANSWER When asked how she would convince people from around the world to visit her hometown Panglao, known as Bohol tourism’s crowning jewel, she confidently answered
“ I will convince people around the world to visit my hometown through the use of my advocacy project which is “Social Media Revolution” . By highlighting and showcasing my hometown’s beauty, her people and her peace & order through regular social media, I hope that I would be able to show the world what a great and safe place my hometown is”
OTHER WINNERS Named 1st RU and Best in Production Number was Miss Tawala Josephine Rheingans, a 19 year old half German & third year BS Psychology student and 2nd RU was Miss Arbasto Foundation Kimberly Grace Giroud, 16 years old half French & SSG President of her school.
Rounding out the final five were Miss Cristal e- College Ricky Mae Casipe, 19 year old BS Education MAPHE major and Miss Libaong Cindy Tay, a 17 year old IT in Mobile App & Web Development student of STI College.
| Star Magic talent/ model Johannes Rissler & 1st Gentleman winner Andrea Biondo |
with Miss Panglao founder Hon.Aya Montero
IMPRESSIVE LINE- UP OF JUDGES The members of the board of judges included Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago, Gentleman of the Philippines Universal Ambassador 2016 Andrea Biondo, Ms Panglao Resident Judge, Philanthropist & Entrepreneur Ms. Cielo Calalin, ABS CBN Stylist & Celebrity Fashion Designer Bing Cristobal, socialite, hotelier & entrepreneur Ms. Evelyn Zamora Du.
MWP 2014 Valerie Weighmann & Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago
Location: Baybayon Restaurant, Alona Tropical Resort
| Alona Tropical Resort owner Frank Montero with ABS CBN Creative Stylist |
Bing Cristobal, Star Magic talent / singer & model Johannes Rissler
& Aces & Queens pageant mentor/ coach Arnold Mercado
Hotelier & HR Director of Henann Resort Mr. Ed Aniceto, Bohol Fashion Designers Circle President & renowned Boholano couturier EJ Relampagos, top fashion, print & commercial models, Miss World Philippines 2014 Ms. Valerie Weighmann, Manila- based fashion icon & designer, Aces & Queens head stylist Mikee Andrei, respected pageant mentor/ coach & Aces & Queens pillar Arnold Mercado.
| Miss Panglao founder Hon. Aya Montero is flanked by parents |
former Councilor Frank Montero & Panglao Mayor Nila Montero
Photo Credits: Ric Obedencio
Gov. Edgar Chatto lauded the pageant organizers for making Miss Panglao a platform for youth empowerment & where the girls can share their time, talent & treasures to make a difference in the community.
L-R: Cong. Yap, Gov, Chatto, Hon. Aya Montero, Mayor Nila Montero, Cong. Relampagos &
his daughter Kristin Nicole Relampagos
The two- hour show that was attended by Gov. Edgar Chatto, Cong. Rene Relampagos & Cong. Art Yap and drew in thousands of spectators has produced beauties who later on shone in provincial, regional and national pageants.
Just a month ago, Catherine Cadayona Tabaniag who represented Panglao & Bohol in the Miss Philippines Earth 2017 placed among the top ten finalists and eventually finished as runner up. She was also named Miss Talent, 2nd Best in Gown and 3rd Darling of the Press. She publicly acknowledged the Montero family for making it possible for Panglao beauties to pursue and realize their dreams.
Behind the show’s creative & artistic direction was Mr. Deo Guden, hotelier and artistic gem from Loon
|Cat Tabaniag & pageant director Deo Guden during arrival interview at KISS FM|