Miss Bohol Queens: Through The Decades

"A rose by any other name would still smell like a rose"

No one can give the exact date that the most prestigious beauty competition in the province made its debut. Photographic evidence however has proved that there were at least two pre- World War II Miss Bohol. 
The first Miss Bohol: Ascension Gaviola
The honor of being the first officially recorded Miss Bohol titleholder goes to a Jagna lass named Ascension Gaviola who was crowned first Miss Bohol 1926.

The prim & proper Paula Baura Raagas of Maribojoc was crowned Miss Bohol in May 4, 1941. Nine years later, another Maribojoc beauty named Felomina Redulla Chiu would be crowned Miss Bohol of 1950.

The pageant then evolved into The Most Beautiful Boholana Quest in 1976 to 1978 before reverting back to Miss Bohol"

It was renamed as Miss Young Bohol in 1983 when the pageant was handled by the Bohol Kabataang Barangay then headed by a very dynamic youth leader named Edgar M. Chatto who would later on be elected as Bohol Prov'l Governor.

It switched back to Miss Bohol in 1986 when it was relaunched by then OIC Governor Atty. Victor de la Serna and became Mutya sa Bohol in 1988.

It was re- introduced as Miss Bohol Fiesta Islands in 1989 to go with the Dept. of Tourism's Fiesta Islands marketing campaign before it metamorphosed into  Miss Bohol Sandugo in 1992.

On the relaunch of the province's most prestigious beauty search in 2014, the pageant quietly and without fanfare dropped the appellation "Sandugo" from its official title name. The idea came from Dennis Walton Balbero who reasoned out that having the Sandugo word tacked to the Miss Bohol name would limit the winner's reign to the duration of the Sandugo festival which is a month-long activity whereas being Miss Bohol sans the Sandugo word would make the winner's reign more expansive in scope and duration.

The Miss Bohol Pageant which is now firmly entrenched as THE mother of all pageants in the province is one of the highlights of the annual Sandugo festival and representatives from the city, municipalities and institutions vie for the most coveted crown every July during the Sandugo Festival.

I am only listing the names of the winners & the year of their pageant victory. Although I have a more or less accurate info with regards to the rankings of Tagbilaran and the towns as far as number of crowns won and runner up placements, I would never ever dare publish such a list for it would only bring about divisiveness instead of unity among Boholanos.

Knowing how passionate we Boholanos are with regards to loyalty and pride with one's roots or blood lineage, the list would only cause a battle royale between paisanos as to which town or place has the more beautiful women, has the smarter and more talented ladies and is the most successful in the Miss Bohol Pageant and other trivialities

This blog feature then is all about giving the long overdue tribute and recognition to these amazing Boholanas who, at one glorious point in their lives, were recognized and crowned as the fairest of the fairest of Francisco Dagohoy and Rajah Sikatuna's descendants

A coffee table book focused on Miss Bohol titleholders and other Boholana beauty queens who gave honor and recognition to the province is in the offing.

The pageant's rich and colorful history will juxtapose with some of the most important socio- cultural, political and lifestyle news & issues that made an impact to Bohol through the decades and the book will be displayed in libraries, hotels, resorts and distributed to private collectors as well

If you have access to information, facts, figures & photographic evidences related to the Miss Bohol pageant particularly during its early years, please contact me through my email address:


For details and pictures of the featured Miss Bohol winners, kindly click on their names:
1950's- 1970's

1926 Miss Jagna Ascension Gaviola

1941 Miss Maribojoc Paulita Raagas Valles

1950 Miss Maribojoc Felomina Redulla Chiu

1953 Ma. Teresita Veloso Abueva

1957 Miss Calape Olivia Solis

1962 Miss Batuan Delia Canda- dela Serna 

1968 Miss Tagbilaran Emma Mumar

1976 Miss DWCT Lou Minoza

1977 Miss Tagbilaran City  Ellen Campbell

1978 Miss DWCT Gerardine Galang

1980's - 1990's

1981 Miss Tagbilaran City Reza Cabagnot

1982 Miss Lila Richelle Oculam

1983 Miss Tagbilaran City Marcelina Marcel Orimaco Gatal

1986 Miss Tagbilaran City Gemma Manding 

1988 Miss Guindulman Elizabeth Mumar Anana

1989 Miss Tagbilaran City Winnie Moreno Lim 

1990 Miss Jagna  Tiffany Matuod Yap

1991 Miss Jagna Recelle Adlaon

1992 Miss Jagna Celevel Ranoco

1993 Miss Talibon  Mary Ann Eronico

1994 Miss Tagbilaran City Vanessa Joyce Matuod Evardone 

1995 Miss Baclayon Ira Noemi Naron

1996 Miss Maribojoc  Lianne Reyes Canoy

1997 Miss Tagbilaran City Socorro D’ Marie Tallo Inting 

1998 Miss Bilar Josely Yap Ferniz 

1999 Miss ABENA  Maria Ria Nina Cubillo (Miss Calape) '

1999 Miss Catigbian Jenifer Apayor Ejoc

2000- 2012

2000 Miss Calape Mellanie Angelina Wallace

2001 Miss Valencia Jeany Justiniane replaced by Vanessa Cadorna (Miss Duero)

2002 Miss Dimiao  Cherry May Bacarro (replaced by 1st RU)

2003 Miss Jagna  Fatima Faye Llora Rana 

2004 Miss Inabanga Rhiz Rhiz Nova Arenas

2005 Miss Panglao Anna Maris Arcay Igpit

2008 Miss Catigbian Joy Marie Maglajos

2009 Miss Tagbilaran City Daisy Jean Quilicot

2010 Miss Tubigon   Amir Paraguya Sol

2011 Miss Tubigon Farrah Faye Mian 

2012 Miss Jagna Idy Idy Casenas Cagas

2013 Miss Alicia Brigette Burato

2014 Miss Dauis Queenie Melody Fullante

2015 Miss Tagbilaran City Eda Calimbayan Cimafranca

2016 Miss Danao: Glyssa Bingas Perez

2017 Miss Tubigon  Pauline Amelincx

And Here Are The Results for the Miss Bohol Sandugo Fun Poll: 

" Who Are Your Favorite Miss Bohol Sandugo Winners from Years 2000- 2012?"

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