Showing posts with label Anyag sa Tubigon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anyag sa Tubigon. Show all posts

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Beauty queens turned doctors

Tubignons celebrate the recent milestones of their beauty queens who passed the September 2019 licensure examination for physicians during the thanksgiving party held last night at the Tubigon Cultural and Sports Center.

The thanksgiving party was attended by their close family relatives, friends, well-wishers and townmates.

Among  this  young generation of Tubignon, they are the first beauty queens turned physicians.

Both graduates of the Cebu Institute of Medicine who epitomize “beauty with a purpose” – saving lives, Dr. Clarice Elaine Falcon Radoc (Miss BACS Personality 2008 and Anyag sa Tubigon 2008) and Dr. Farrah Faye Abarquez Mian (Miss BACS Personality 2009, Miss CVIRAA 2010, Anyag sa Tubigon 2010, and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011) have been classmates since prep.

They have undoubtedly inherited their beauty, charm, and bearing from their grandmother, erstwhile Maribojoc Mayor Paula Raagas Valles, who was Miss Bohol High School and Miss Bohol respectively in her younger years.

Wonderful Wincie at 80
In 1961, she was a gymnast who placed first in the regional swimming competition held in Cebu City to recruit members for the Philippine Swimming Team.

In 1979, she founded the Bukang Liwayway Dance Troupe (BLDT), a folkloric group based at Bohol National High School. In 1980, she choreographed the first-ever Sandugo re-enactment performed in Bohol for the Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines and Philippine Diplomat Carlos P. Romulo during the Blood Compact Anniversary, which also became the champion in the 1981 “Alay sa Pangulo” in Cebu City.

In 1990, she was second placer and the only solo entry in the 2nd Philippine Annual Philippine Folk Dance Festival held at Pace University, Manhattan, New York City.

These are just some of the highlights in the life of Wincesa Espejo Araoarao, the eldest child of former Cogon Barangay Captain Hilario Araro Espejo and homemaker Josefina Mercader Balatero.

Even at a young age, she has been accustomed to working hard, helping her parents in their simple carenderia at the pantalan and taking care of her younger siblings while her parents were away.

Her terpsichorean prowess and grace ushered her way towards  taking up Bachelor of Science in Education – Major in Physical Education at the University of Southern Philippines in Cebu City. Following her initial teaching stint at St. Mary’s High School in Marawi City, Lanao del Norte in 1963, she welcomed the opportunity to teach at her Alma Mater – Bohol High School.

In 1969, she married Derclo Reparato Bongoyan Araoarao, a Philippine Banking Corporation employee.
Their union was blessed with five offsprings: Fiel Angeli A. Gabin (Tagbilaran City, Bohol), Hannah Gay (died of meningitis in 1974), Reparato Anthony (Pearland, Texas, USA), Ann Claire A. Young (Haymarket, Virginia, USA), and Coeli Marie A. Ruiz (Salem, Oregon, USA).

Being the First Lady of Panglao when her husband “Rep” served as Mayor of Panglao from 1980 to 1986, “Wincie’s” passion for culture and performing arts never waned.

This unrelenting dedication for her advocacy to selflessly share her talent to preserve and promote culture and the arts has made her withstand life’s challenges, anchoring on God as her main source of strength.

Her 80th birthday celebration last September 28, 2019 was made more meaningful with the reunion of her children 23 years after her daughter Fiel’s August 10, 1996 wedding to Jerome John J. Gabin from Siquijor.
According to Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life well lived.”

Dalareich wins Best Family Support Award for APEC Best Award 2019

After winning in the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, Bohol’s Chocolate Princess, Dalareich Polot of Dalareich Chocolate House won the “Best Family Support" Award for APEC “Business Efficiency and Success Target” Award 2019 (APEC BEST Award) during the Women and the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile.
Dalareich competed with other nominees from 21 other APEC economies.

The Philippine Commission on Women nominated her on this.

“I didn’t expect any award because I feel like it’s lesser chance for Philippines to win because I only presented online," said Dalareich whose business model presentation was done via Skype.

She was given seven minutes for her presentation and another five minutes for the Q and A.

"God is good! This is not my award. I owed this to people who believe and support us all the way. Receiving 3 international awards this year 2019 are all His plans. I'm forever grateful," Polot said.

The award was received by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region VII Director Aster Caberte, who represented the Department of Trade and Industry in the APEC Ministerial Meeting from October 2-9, 2019.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

What!?! No Miss Tubigon in Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013?

Surprise!! Surprise!! You don't have to grab your eyes while reading this corner. Yes, this is VRS or Very Reliable Source which will chronicle people, places and events—and gossip!

My two-week "absence" in the gossip world was full of many surprises– not all of them pleasant, judging from the responses of some of who's who and luminaries and those in the social media.
Cases in point:

Rex Pilayre Bangalao didn't make it in the Mister International Philippines 2013 which was held last Friday, June 21, at the Flying V Arena in San Juan, Manila.

"Too bad he didn't place," said the socialite VRS. "Rex doesn't look mature and masculine compared to other contestants who look experienced and well-prepared. He has next time."
"It's not just about winning.  It's about taking part," said another VRS.  "Being one of the candidates in Mister International Philippines is already a privilege. It means that our men in Bohol have place in the male beauty pageant."
Rex Bangalao Courtesy: Mister International Philippines

Mr. Teen Bohol 2013 Adryan Mila managed to be in the top 12 of the Mr. and Ms. Philippine Youth 2013 which was held recently at Philippine International Convention Center. 

"Some of our Boholano supporters said that the pageant was lutong macao when Mila was only placed top 12," said the veteran pageant watcher VRS. "They said Mila's answer was better than other contestants and blah blah blah, but the Q and A portion was just part of the whole presentation. The judges were looking for the total package."

But the night truly belonged to a contestant from Cebu.

Model Alberto Rodulfo "Ar" dela Serna was declared Mr Generation East 2013 grand winner, Sta. Lucia Generation East Model Search. A trivia: Dela Serna was adjudged first runner-up in Mr Philippine Youth in 2002. In Nov. 2012, he replaced the dethroned Mr. Philippine Youth 2012 Leo Angeles Flores of Parañaque.
Adryan Mila Contributed Photo

Sta. Lucia Mall’s Generation East — The Model Search is now on its 14th year of discovering upcoming models and stars. It has produced showbiz personalities, beauty queens and models like Angel Locsin, Jeanne Harn, Teresa Paron, Jasmin Chua, Jennifer Lee and Arci Muñoz, Ron Morales, John Medina, Acis Austria, Edison Puruganan, Patrick Moore, James Versoza, Fianca Cruz and Rye Burgos.

"I prayed to God to let me walk properly, to let me bring myself well, and to give me the chance to speak. But He gave me more than what I asked (for)... thank you for all the people who supported me unconditionally, this is all for us ," Dela Serna posted on Facebook.

Ar's formula? "The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, social, as well as physical."

Ar walks the talk. And you can't help sit up and notice.

Shock waves rippled through the business industry last June 12 (also his youngest son's birthday) as news surfaced that businessman and public servant Ben Udtohan had died. “Unbelievably sad news. A fine man,” tweeted some friends. Nong Ben loved movies. In fact, he supported movies Nandito Ako Nagmamahal Sa 'Yo (2009) and Amigo (2010) which were done in Bohol. I heard BJ, who is Cogon's number 1 barangay kagawad, is running for barangay chairman this October 2013 elections, if, that is a big, there is an elections.

Yes, there’s an exclamation point(!) and  a question mark (?) in today’s headline.
Ar dela Serna Contributed Photo

You read it right: There is no representative from Tubigon for the Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013.

Like most everybody, I’m sure your initial, incredulous reaction is, “What? No Miss Tubigon?”

After straight three years of joining Miss Bohol Sandugo (Tubigon beauties Amir Sol won the title in 2010 and Farrah Mian Abarquez in 2011), Tubigon's  entry is missing— and they blamed it to the Anyag sa Tubigon 2013 Clarlaine Falcon Radoc whose busy schedule in Cebu failed to appear during the screening.

"You're wrong, there was no mass resignation  at the Tubigon Tourism Office who manages the A List Training for Anyag beauties," revealed the roving and beauty watcher VRS. "Not yet, they are in good hands with the new town executive. "

Anyag committee had had to send  Anyag sa Tubigon 2013 Clarlaine Falcon Radoc (sister of Anyag 2008 Clarice Elaine Radoc) to Miss Bohol Sandugo.

"Radoc is studying in Cebu and she was not able to attend the screening because of the bad weather," explained VRS. "In fairness to the Anyag committee, they asked the Miss Bohol Sandugo organizers to have a special screening for Radoc but the organizers politely declined their request. It would be unfair to other girls who came from other towns to attend the screening."
The past and present winners of Anyag sa Tubigon (Maanyag nga Tubignon, Dalaygon!): (l-r) Clarice Elaine Radoc (2008), Amir Sol (2009), Farrah Faye Mian (2010), Clarlaine Radoc (2013), Lori Geisha Cabrera (2011) and Mariecris Evardo (2012). Courtesy: Anyag Fanpage

But it is not that easy. Beauty is  a serious business in Tubigon just like in Venezuela where Tubigon is the only town in Bohol which gives proper training for the girls who will represent the town.
"You wonder that all of a sudden there is no one girl to represent their town?" asked VRS.

VRS also said that there is a chance that the Anyag committee, to put it mildly, “saddened” by last year's results that Mariecris Evardo was just first-runner up to Miss Jagna Idy Cagas. "It can be also that the Anyag committee members find out that Anyag has no chance of winning this year."

By coincidence, I bumped into Dennis Balbero, one of the Anyag trainors at the Island City Mall last week. I told him about what I know and I asked him pointblank: True or not?

“It’s true!”

No further comment.

Anyway, there are 18 candidates who will vie for this year's Miss Bohol Sandugo. The swimsuit competition is on July 13 at the Miravilla Resort, the talent competition is on July 17 at the Tagbilaran Tourist Port, and the pageant and coronation night is on July 20 at the Bohol Cultural Center.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Loboc Riverwatch earns 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Seen: Direk Maryo J. De los Reyes, cast and crew are in Anda, Bohol. Direk Maryo has chosen Anda for his film entry Bamboo Flowers in the forthcoming “Sining Pambansa Film Festival, All-Masters Edition” this September 2013 and hopefully be part of the International Children’s Film Festival. The film will also feature Abatan River, Kawasan Falls of Balilihan, Catigbian’s adventure site, Corella and Loboc Tarsier’s Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills of Carmen, Alicia Bamboo Ensemble and Panglao Island.

Scene: From re-elected 3rd district Congressman Art Yap: Elections always bring out the best and worst in us. This year's elections was no exception. But in the end, no lies nor propaganda, no threat nor violence, no vice nor money can stand against the truth of the people's will. For one day in three years,  the people get to judge their public officials. The people have spoken. Let us honor the people by graciously accepting their choices. Congratulations to all the winning candidates, thank you for all the courageous  and steadfast support to my campaign and my gratitude to the Lord Almighty. God bless our incoming term and God bless Bohol.

Scene: The mass resignation of the staff of the Tubigon Tourism Culture Arts and Heritage Office, organizer of Anyag sa Tubigon, Tanda Festival Street Dancing and Sambunot sa Awit when incumbent Mayor  William Jao lost to mayor-elect Marlon Amila. Some sectors call it sour-graping, however, according to VRS, the resignation was to give the new administration a free hand in choosing his staff who will run his programs for the town.

Seen:  Spotted in Bohol is erstwhile commissioner of the National Youth Commission Benjie Oliva. If you think Benjie is missing in action, he is busy traveling the country as personal assistant of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala.

Scene: Thank you to all my family and friends for the overwhelming birthday wishes and cheer yesterday (May 25). I thank you many times over for all the birthday greetings! This very special message from a friend: The way of all peace is to scale the mountain of self. Loving others makes the climb down easier. We see all things darkly until love lights the lamp of the soul.
Loboc Riverwatch receives 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Courtesy: Tripadvisor

Loboc Riverwatch has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

"The Loboc Riverwatch Floating Resto is honored to be recognized with TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence," said Tessie Labunog-Sumampong. "We strive to offer our customers a memorable dining experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor."

The Loboc Riverwatch, the Floating Resto to the Stars, is the only restaurant in Bohol which offers authentic Boholano cuisine.

"The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers," said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

On the other hand,  Amorita Resort has earned yet another distinction as a winner of the TripAdvisor 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award, ranking eighth among the Top 25 Hotels in the Philippines.

GMA Kapuso gives away 2,000 school bags to Bohol
Education, a basic children’s right, comes with a challenge especially in the country’s most desolate areas. Fortunately, GMA Kapuso Foundation, the socio-civic arm of the GMA Network, is reaching out to far-flung communities to touch more Filipino lives.

Last week, I accompanied Amabelle Rusiana,  the regional coordinator of GMA Kapuso Foundation and the DepED people, for the distribution of GMA Kapuso Foundation's bags and school supplies under its project “Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan (First Step towards the Future)".

Some 2,000 children in Grade 1 levels in five district schools of Bohol (Baclayon, Albur, Loay, Lila and Dimiao) have recently received school supplies from GMA Kapuso Foundation.

The children received a package of school supplies packed in a knapsack that contains  five notebooks, two pencils, two pad papers, a sharpener, and a box of crayon.

Evident with the loud expressions of “Thank you” to GMA Kapuso, the children including their parents and the local school authorities were grateful for the initiative hoping that this will encourage the kids to value and pursue education, amidst poverty, to improve their lives.

The company and its foundation will continue to help ensure that many of the Philippines’ next generation achieve a bright future.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Daniel Padilla to heat up Anyag 2013

Scene: Summer Gimik in Bohol: Anda, the beautiful.  When it comes to beautiful, breath-taking beaches, the town of Anda offers some of the most beautiful shores on earth. The Anda beaches boast miles upon miles of pristine, white, sandy shores and the gentle waters lap at your feet in a veritable kaleidoscope of electric blues and sparkling jades. Anda has also cave pools like Cabugnaw and Tibao. A trivia: Anda has appeared on ABS-CBN’s Panday in 2006.
A beach on paradise island in Anda, Bohol, Philippines
Scene: Months before the height of election campaign, this lady councilor's (who is seeking higher position) poll numbers routinely hovered in the stratosphere. Last week, with LC basking in the glow of victory in a short, her rating suddenly appeared very low. "Imagine Kuya Leo, wala jud siya ming-attend sa ilang pangampanya pila ka days. She was frustrated jud," says VRS. "She was thinking that head of the group junked her unya naay lain gidala. Pero giam-aman intawon siya." LC had to withdraw her candidacy but was advised not to make such “desperate” move.
Seen: Dr. Mary Grace Ochavillo-Uy (of J&N Dental Clinic, 2nd floor, City Pharmacy- CPG Avenue, Tagbilaran City, Tel. No: (038) 411-5317) and her family in South Korea for a holiday. They visited Nami Island, Chungju Lake, Everland, Korea Folk Village and other famous landmarks of South Korea.
Dra. Mary Grace Ochavillo-Uy and her family at the Land of the Morning Calm.
Scene: The 12 candidates who will compete in Bohol Queen International 2013 (back to back with a summer disco) on April 27 at Clarin Cultural and Sports Complex. The pageant is presented by LGBT Clarin. For ticket reservation, call 09103396686.
Daniel Padilla will be the guest of honor in the 6th edition of Anyag sa Tubigon on May 10.
This was confirmed by lawyer Julius Gregory Delgado who facilitated and arranged the contract signing in Manila. 
Considered as the hottest male teen star today on ABS-CBN, 17-year-old Daniel Padilla will serenade the 12 candidates of Anyag 2013.
Kapamilya star Daniel Padilla

Touted the “Justin Bieber of the Philippines,” Daniel will celebrate his 18th birthday (which actually falls on April 26) with an upcoming concert on April 30 at the Big Dome.
Daniel started out in the industry roughly four years only, but 2012 proved to be his breakthrough year. He had a hit teleserye Princess & I which gave birth to his love team with Kathryn Bernardo, a multi-platinum debut album, and just recently, the movie Must Be...Love with Kathryn and a chart-topping single Nasa ‘Yo Na Ang Lahat which he interpreted for the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2013 competition.
(Note: For tickets to Anyag sa Tubigon, call Tubigon Tourism Office at Tel. No. 508-8496.)
Here’s an interesting contribution from my Cebuano doctor-friend about the newly Pope Francis which she found on Facebook:
Recently, when he left his apartment at Domus Marta and went out into the hall, the Pope found a Swiss Guard standing at attention outside his door.

He asked him, “And what are you doing here? Were you awake all night?

“Yes,” the guard answered respectfully.


“One of my colleagues gave me a break.”

“And you’re not tired?”

“It’s my duty Your Holiness, for Your safety.”

The Pope looked at him with kindness. He went back into his apartment and, after a few minutes, returned with a chair in his hand: “At least sit down and rest.”

Shocked, the Swiss Guard replied, “Forgive me, but I can’t! The rules don’t allow it.”

“The rules?”

“My captain, Your Holiness.”

“Oh, is that so? Well, I’m the Pope and I am asking you to sit down.”

So, between the rules and the Pope, the Swiss Guard, complete with his halberd, chose the chair. And then the Pope brought him some bread and jam for a snack, saying, “Buon appetito, brother.”
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Preparations for Anyag 2013 and Summer Dance Break

• Race to Anyag sa Tubigon begins
• Dancing the Summer Away in Albur

Scene: Summer Gimik in Bohol: If you are looking for a little bit more this summer, something new, something exciting, a true adventure, perhaps something you have never done before. Then, try Firefly Kayaking at Abatan River in Maribojoc with KayakAsia Philippines.
It is truly magical to see an entire tree, glowing with thousands of fireflies, like a Christmas tree.
“By using kayaks you have saved thousands of fireflies from being affected by noise and smoke emitted from motor-boats. KayakAsia Philippines is trying very hard to preserve the natural environment of the fireflies in the Abatan River and for choosing us, you have helped our cause. The river thanks you. The fireflies thank you,” said Rey Donaire, KayakAsia Philippines manager.
More from Rey: Kayaking for us is more than just a trip. It is not just another tour. It is our advocacy also. An ecologically friendly way to see the sights and sounds of our island, Bohol from a different perspective. And through this you have helped us give belief to the locals who live along the river that doing ecologically-sustainable tourism can not only help better the environment but also their lives as well.
As the song goes, “Kumukutikutitap, bumubusibusilak, ganyan ang indak ng mga bumbilya, kikindat - kindat, kukurap–kurap, pinaglalaruan ng inyong mga mata…”
(Email:, visit or text/call +63932-855-2928).
Scene: The first Saulog sa Tagbilaran, a religion-based cultural activity spearheaded by the City Government through the City Council for Culture and Arts (CCCA) and the Diocese of Tagbilaran, is on April 30. It will showcase the fluvial procession of the Holy Family and a street dancing portraying the life of Saint Joseph as a worker, a loving father and husband.

Scene: Stephen Montealto on her Mom's 79th birthday (as posted on Facebook):  To My Beloved Mama Rose,A Mother's LOVE is instinctual, unconditional, and forever, She's a magic in any language, She's the bank where we deposit all our hurts and worries. And for me God sees us through our Mother's eyes and rewards us for our virtues. I couldn't have the chance to tour around the world without the love from a mother, You guided me and gave me your boundless love. On your birthday I wish you much peace, joy, love, good health, a heart that knows love, a soul that knows joy, a spirit that knows giving. Thank You for being everything a son could ever want. HAPPY 79th BIRTHDAY MAMA ROSE, You know how much I LOVE YOU!

Scene: Ten ladies will compete for the title Miss Carmen 2013, May 11, 7 p.m.  at the Carmen gymnasium.

Scene: Fashion icon EJ Relampagos on originality and integrity: Some people are asking if my collections during the Reveal fashion show were really original creations by me and if there were some pieces I "borrowed" from my Cebu designer friends... First of all, I want to take it as a compliment because I consider Cebu designers as the best in our land... Another point is, I trust in my own ability and capability... Me and my staff worked hard to realize my visions, we've spent sleepless nights to finish everything in time for the show... I just want to make it clear that every piece showcased on my segment during the Reveal show is originally designed by me and created in my shop. Thank you! :)

Scene: If you've been wondering why this ultimo eventologist haven't organized anything lately it's because he has been swept up by the need to finish the projects. He is just hibernating; he will hog the limelight (again) as a contract star of a giant network. Yes, he is in Manila for some "enhancements." According to VRS, he will have one commercial, one indie film and two teleseryes. He will be included in the movie Darna for Metro Manila Film Festival 2013. Revealing the identity of this future star from Bohol in this section and on social media is verboten. Guess that's why he's staying anonymous!

Dancing the Summer Away in Albur

“Giving back!” is the theme of Jay Anthony “Tonjie” Requilme Mangao’s message at the culmination program of the Alburquerque Summer Dance Workshop. Produced by the Office of Alburquerque Mayor Efren Tungol and the Culture and Arts Coordinator, the dance workshop ran from April 2 to 12 at the Alburquerque Training Center. 

Mangao, who recently graduated as major in dance from the prestigious Philippine High School for the Arts at Mt. Makiling in Los Banos, Laguña, heads the Alburquerque Performing Arts Group (APAG) and was the trainor of this summer’s dance workshop.

“It is my way of giving back what I have learned in school to the people of Alburquerque who have supported me all these years," said Mangao. "I hope more young people will join the next year’s summer workshop, instead of just idling the summer away."
Twenty members of APAG trained, including original members from last year’s dance and theater workshops, as well as new members who went through an audition on April 2. A total of 21 workshop sessions were conducted for 10 days on basic ballet movements and basic fundamentals of dance. These include footwork and hand movements such as releve, extension, plie, battements, passé, arabesque, tendu, jete, coupe, etc.

During the culmination program, Tonjie demonstrated his skill in choreography when the APAG members performed an invocatory dance, the “Mask Dance”, and a contemporary pop “Drive By.”

It was attended by LGU officials and employees, as well as representatives of the Center for Culture and Arts Development (GO CCAD) Vida Tirol-de Juan, Butch de Juan and Mitzi Ibaya. 

The video presentation of APAG says it all: “Dance is a silent poetry” and “Take more chances, dance more dances.”

Preparation underway for Anyag 2013
Anyag sa Tubigon 2012 Mariecris Batula Evardo was totally fabulous, gorgeous, poised and eloquent. She faced the camera with utmost fluency, nor did she get daunted when she had to mingle with huge crowds. She wasn't so strict on herself when it comes to her diet, and she always comes back to being in great shape.
But when she failed to get the crown (she was first runner-up in Miss Bohol Sandugo in 2012 to Idy Caseñas Cagas of Jagna town), she got a run-down of her flaws and told there was work to do.

This was, after all, Tubigon.

Anyag 2013 candidates
After winning the Miss Bohol Sandugo in 2010, beauty is now a serious business in Tubigon just like in Venezuela (girls as young as four attending beauty schools to set them on the road to stardom).

The annual Anyag sa Tubigon which is held in May brings the town of Tubigon to a halt – the talk of the town. As of lately, many Tubignon girls grow up dreaming of being a “Miss” or a beauty queen.
Tubigon expects – and, has come to be expected – to win in Miss Bohol Sandugo and other pageants in the province like Miss BACS Personality or at the very least, place among the top runners-up. 

In Miss Bohol Sandugo, the province’s oldest beauty pageant, Tubigon has produced two winners: Amir Sol (Miss Bohol Sandugo 2000) and Farrah Maye Mian (Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011), not yet enough to snatch the title as “Beauty Capital of Bohol” from Jagna town which produced Tiffany Yap (1990), Ma. Recelle Adlaon (1991), Celevel Ranoco (1992), Fatima Liora Lloren Rana (2003) and Idy Cagas (2012).
There’s so much work to do.
As early as March, the Anyag sa Tubigon committee headed by chairman emeritus Gertrude Cabrera-Abarquez are busy for Anyag as they want to make it an electrifying and memorable pageant.

You see, Tubigon is the only town in Bohol which gives proper training for the girls who would represent their town. Anyag contestants train like beauty queens. In every sense, the girls are conditioned – physically and mentally. The people who run Anyag want to have the ultimate contestant, the whole package.

Training and coaching are key elements. It is the goal of Anyag not only to create a beauty queen, but best beauty ambassador to represent the town.

When the Anyag committee members find out the Anyag has no chance of winning, they will look for another girl. Take for instance, Anyag 2010 Clarice Elaine Falcon Radoc and Anyag 2011 Lori Geisha Cabrera were supposed to represent Tubigon in Miss Bohol Sandugo but were replaced because there was low chance of winning the crown.

Last week, the candidates underwent intense lessons in how to apply make-up and do her hair and proper manners with the beauty army at the camp which includes hair stylists, makeup artists, physical trainers, speech and acting coaches, catwalk instructors and dieticians.
Anyag fanpage on Facebook says, "As a way of connecting to the community and doing their share in various socio-civic oriented causes, the candidates are taking their time in gracing countless sponsor visits, courtesy calls, guestings, photo and location shoots and many more. Truly, an Anyag is someone who rises above the ranks and exhibits grace under pressure despite the hectic and rigorous schedules."

Will another Anyag grab the Miss Bohol Sandugo title in July?

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Monday, May 28, 2012

All things bright and beautiful for new Anyag

Scene: Despite wishes that a female would finally be crowned "American Idol" after five years of male domination, Jessica Sanchez came in second place when Phillip Phillips was pronounced the winner. Jessica Sanchez said, "I was really fighting for the girls in this round. the only reason i wanted to win was because i want to break the whole thing with the guys winning."
Soy, Queen for the nth time
Scene: Bohol’s Queen of Tourism Rose Soy is the Queen of Santacruzan 2012. Santacruzan is a religious parade that re-enacts the finding of the cross of St. Helena in Cavalry 300 years after death of Jesus Christ. 
This year’s Santacruzan organized by the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran had military men who were assigned to hand-carry the bamboo arches decked with color-themed flowers.
During the procession, there were Methuselah (the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. He reminds people that all that glitters may end up like dust) and little angels.
It was also a harvest of blooms and beautiful ladies as they portrayed Reyna Mora (represents the religion before Christianity or she is a female Muslim), Reyna Fe (symbolizes virtue of faith and she carries a cross), Reyna Esperanza (symbolizes virtue of hope and she carries an anchor), Reyna Esther (she carries a scepter. She represents the biblical Jewish who saved her countrymen), Veronica (the woman who wiped the face of Jesus. She carries bandana with the imprinted face of Jesus), Tres Marias (Mary of Magdala, she carries a bottle of perfume. Mary Mother of Christ, she carries a handkerchief. Mary Mother of James, she carries a bottle of oil), girl scouts who were the Ave Maria (8 girls each one carrying a letter to spell out AVE MARIA), Rosa Mystica (she carries a bouquet of roses), Queen of Flowers (she carries a bouquet of flowers) and Reyna Elena (the legendary founder of the Holy Cross. She carries a small cross and escorted by her son, Constantine) portrayed by Miss Bohol International 2012 Mary Ebone Calimbayan Cimafranca.
Some Rotarians who were present during the parade were City councilor Butchie Zamora, Joy Suarez, Louella Bantol, Alex Bongawan, absent were Rotarians Nila Montero and Raul Gatal.
Seen: Award-winning Boholano director Maryo J. de los Reyes is in Bohol.
Scene:  Looks like love is in the air in Bohol these days.  Some balikbayans who attended the recently concluded Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK) 2012 are deciding to take the plunge and get engaged. Case in point: TBTK president Betty Veloso-Garcia‘s daughter, Maribeth, is now engaged to boyfriend Rob.  “They have been dating for years now. They are engaged and planning a trip down the aisle. He popped the question last week at Gerarda’s during the family gathering,” said the high-profile VRS.  “Na-kilig ang mga witness when Rob gave the engagement ring,” added VRS.
Scene:  The next time there is a big event in town, this special occasion designate (SOD) should know how to behave in public. Case in point: The high-ranking official (HRO) asked SOD to prepare a banquet for the many guests. After half an hour, HRO came back with the guests and to his surprise the food was all gone! “The HRO got blush because the visitors didn’t eat that afternoon because HRO threw a banquet for them,” said the roving VRS. “HRO found out that SOD ordered the men to clean the tables and to bring the foods, er, bring house,” added VRS.
Seen: Fiel Angeli Araoarao-Gabin is spotted in LA the other day with her daughter AJ Wincielo Johanna visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fiel accompanied Cielo who is a member of the Philippine team to the International Regions Math League competition in Las Vegas, USA. Likewise, also spotted in London is Trisha Chatto.
Scene: Music-lovers filled the venue last week to watch balladeer Basil Valdez who sang those oldies but goodies from the 60s and 70s that we loved so much...beautiful memories are made of them. Yes, Basil did sing Ngayon at Kailan Man, Kastilyong Buhangin, Kung Akoy's Iiwan Mo, Siya na Ba, Nais Ko, Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka, Hindi Kita Malilimutan, et al. As I’ve been saying, there’s nothing more relaxing and more soothing than listening to old familiar love songs that bring you back to specific periods in your past, evoking memories that you never tire of recalling and reliving. Thanks Bohol Sandugo Foundation, Inc. and K & N Productions!
She used to be just a name as far as beauty-watchers were concerned, a member of the town’s Lungsuranon Performing Arts Ensemble (LUPAE), until she joined as one of the candidates of  Anyag sa Tubigon 2012, the most highly produced and the most-expensive production (with an estimated budget of Php 700-800k) beauty pageant in Bohol.
Mariecris Batula Evardo has put a face to the name and what a very beautiful face it is, matched by a beautiful mind and a beautiful body. Will Mariecris the third Anyag to win Miss Bohol Sandugo in a row?
Mariecris is now carrying the customized Anyag crown donated by Manila Vice-Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno" Domagoso. It is worth Php 60k designed by a famous Cebuano jeweler Alpio Saban, (who also designed the crown for the Queen of Cebu World).
We want to show to other towns what honest to goodness showmanship and production is all about,” said Raymond Delgado, erstwhile Tubigon’s Queen of All Media.
“The program was swift and enjoyable,” said Mr. Cebu 2009 Kris Nimrod Cabigas on his Facebook who hosted the event with Bb. Pilipinas- World 2006 Anna Maris Igpit. “I had a great time hosting Anyag sa Tubigon.”
A few days after she was crowned at glittering ceremonies at the Tubigon Cultural Center last May 13 with Star Magic’s Matteo Guidicelli and Rep. Cynthia Villar as special guests, Bared tried to pick this year’s Anyag’s brain by asking her some questions.
Mariecris said that she could make Tubigon a better place to live in by segregating waste, cleaning the environment and planting trees those are just simple yet smartest things in order to save our mother earth. It is one to show the best that we could in providing measures for the next generation.
What is the essence of being an  Anyag sa Tubigon? “An Anyag is not just a title but being one entails a lot of responsibilities and the biggest of all is being an ambassadress of goodwill. A woman who definitely leaves a mark to everyone---a woman with dignity, pride and honor!”
A Capricon (Dec. 25, 1990), Mariecris stands 5’3”, weighs 110 lbs., measures 32-25-36, and wears small-sized shirts and 9-inch shoes.
What are your winning traits?
“I think, it’s all about in me with confidence, humility and faith. Of course, we should also be prepared in everything that we do.”

Do you have a boyfriend?

If you were to choose between your boyfriend and Anyag, which would you choose?
Anyag 2012 Committee
“I will choose them both since I have a supportive boyfriend and why should I chose one when I can have both.”

As Anyag Queen, what qualities of the Tubignons youth would you highlight?
“Being hospitable, hardworking yet gentle.”

How would you convince people abroad that it’s more fun in Bohol?
“It’s more fun in the Philippines because of the good weather we have plus the beautiful beaches and warm welcoming faces of the Boholanos. It’s more fun in Bohol because of the Boholanos innate faith in God. So whatever happens, God is still in full control.”

What’s your take on the transgender issue (should transgender be allowed to compete in beauty contests for women)?
“We know that we are all created equal and have the right to be respected but I'm against on it because beauty contest are intended for women only.”

If that’s the case, how would you prove that you are more female than transgender?
“I'm not just a woman in nature but the most important thing that makes me differ from them is that I see to it that I live in accordance to god's will and that's what makes me respected wherever I go.”

Who is your role model and why?
“Mother Teresa. She's definitely a woman who exemplified a child like faith and matured obedience to God's will.”

Young people today are liberated and adventurous, willing to try everything. What's your stand on pre-marital sex?
“As a Filipina Catholic, I still believe in the sanctity of marriage. I always value and preserve the purity of my life and my soul.”
Why do you think education is important?
“Education is important because it equips us with all that we need in order to make our dreams come true, it open doors with brilliant career opportunities, it builds in every individual the confidence to face life and accept failure.”
If you were somebody else, who would you like to be and why?
“I always bow down my head to the flexibility, perseverance and understanding of my father. He is my inspiration and a good example to me. He is man with essence, pride and full of love.”

What are your beauty secrets?
“Enough rest, food and exercise and most of all adequate time with God.”

If you were to change something in yourself, what would it be?
“I wouldn't change anything because God created me for a purpose and I'm contended for who and what I am.”
Describe yourself in three words.
“Confident, bubbly and friendly.”
What is your favorite quote?
“There's nothing impossible for those who never give up.”
How's your love life?
“We're going strong. Thank God!”
What do you find sexy in a man?
“Sense of humor.”
And what turns you off?
“An irresponsible man.”

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

No Miss Tagbilaran this year?

Zeneline Bulalaque
Seen: Zeneline Ancog Bulalaque is one of the official candidates of the Miss Philippines Earth 2012. She is representing the municipality of Batuan, Bohol. The 12th edition of the advocacy-driven Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant will be held on May 27.
Seen: Entertainment columnist/“chroniquer” of the Philippine Daily Inquirer Dolly Anne Carvajal was spotted with her friends in Bohol. On her Facebook, Dolly described Bohol Beach Club her favorite refuge and paradise. Dolly also met Carmen Mayor Conchita “CheChe” Toribio-de los Reyes and Tessie Labunog-Sumampong of Loboc Riverwatch Floating Resto. “You know naman no Bohol trip of mine is complete if I don't eat at your Riverwatch Floating Resto. The best talaga! Love you!” 
Dolly Anne Carvajal with (l-r) Carmen Mayor CheChe Toribio-delos Reyes and Tessie Labunog-Sumampong
Scene: The Diwanag Dance Troupe of the Holy Name University won 3rd place  in the contemporary dance category of the Sayaw Pinoy 2012 Visayas Competition held in Cebu City last March 11. The Lungsuranon Performing Arts Ensemble (LUPAE) also won 2nd place in the folk dance category.  The Sayaw Pinoy is the longest running national and regional dance tour organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to recognize the traditional roots of Philippine dances, make quality performances accessible to the audience especially in far-flung places, and provide new and upcoming dance groups ample exposure.

 Scene: The 2nd screening for the Anyag sa Tubigon 2012 will be on March 26, 2012, 1 p.m. at the Tubigon Tourism Culture Arts and Heritage Office (at the back of Tubigon Municipal Building or in front of Tudtud's Petron Gasoline Station). The Tubigon Anyag Committee has scrapped the old format of the pageant. Matteo Guidicelli is the confirmed celebrity-guest to serenade the candidates.
Scene: Panglao Island has been named as one of the Best Secret Beaches on Earth by Travel+Leisure Magazine in its March 2012 issue. It also named Ananyana Beach Resort and Spa as one of the Best Affordable Beach Resorts occupying a prime spot on the beachfront serving Filipino-Mediterranean dishes like the penne with pork adobo. The magazine also mentioned other places to visit in Bohol, such as the Bohol Bee Farm, which offers dishes using organic ingredients harvested on site and serves ube ice cream. It also cited the famous Chocolate Hills, Balicasag Island, and Puntod Island, and dolphin watching as other Bohol attractions.
Photo By Brian Ong/DOT

Here’s sad news for beauty-watchers: There is no Miss Tagbilaran 2012.
“The Miss Tagbilaran will not be staged in the city this year. It’s not yet known why the City has to scrap the Miss Tagbilaran this year,” according to Bared’s Very Reliable Source (VRS). “However, there’s a beauty pageant which will replace the Miss Tagbilaran, it’s the Miss Teen Tagbilaran.”
Launched in 1986 originally as Miss Tagbilaran, the search for Tagbilaran’s fairest has evolved as the years passed, starting with Miss Tagbilaran from 1986 to 1987, then, metamorphosing into Tagbilaran’s Five Prettiest, Miss Teen Tagbilaran in 1988, Mutya sa Tagbilaran from 1989 to 2004 and Miss Young Tagbilaran in 2005.
Zosita Caliao Clarin was the first Miss Tagbilaran in April 1986. Twenty years after, her daughter Margo Adelaiz Clarin Manigque became Miss Tagbilaran 2006.
Miss Tagbilaran beauties who won the Miss Bohol Sandugo title were Vanessa Joyce Matuod Evardone in 1994, Socorro d'Marie Tallo Inting in 1997 and Daisy Jean Quilicot in 2009.
The City failed to stage the pageant in 1987, 1995 and 2011, one of the major activities leading to the fiesta celebration. In 2011, there was no Miss Tagbilaran when the search committee decided to cancel it because most of the applicants were repeaters or recycled beauties.
“The pageant’s last search was held in 2010 won by Fer Mary Baliquig who is now competing in Bb. Pilipinas 2012,” said VRS. “Good news, Fer Mary Baliquig will carry the crown for another year!”
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