Showing posts with label beauty pageant in bohol. Show all posts
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Queenie Fullante: ‘My personality makes me a winner!’

Miss Dauis Queenie Melody Fullante has won the title of Miss Bohol: The Quintessential Boholana 2014, in a glittering ceremony on Saturday night.

Queenie, 21 (Pisces, March 10, 1993), beat out 17 other fellow beauty queens to claim the title. She received P50,000 cash prize, trophy, sash, bouquet of flowers and other special prizes.

Her night started to take a turn for the fabulously possible when she was named one of Top 5 shortly after the show got underway.

Queenie (center) and her court
Other runner-ups, judged on interviews, evening gowns and swimsuits were: Mary Rose Butalid of Panglao as first runner-up; Geraldine Topsnik of Tagbilaran City as second runner-up; Jaya Lozano from Tubigon as third runner-up and Imaculada Cleofe Leopardas of Barbra Pearls Cosmetics as fourth runner-up.

Many people compared Queenie as Venus Raj deadringer. She even had encounters with people who mistake her for Venus but she is not riding on the wave of being Venus Raj’s look-alike during the pageant.

“I think to have Venus Raj’s aura is just a factor for me to be noticed onstage,” said Queenie. “What I consider my edge for winning the crown is my commitment to serve Bohol with all my heart, which was exuded by the sincerity I have shown while performing on stage.”

Before winning the title, Queenie was first runner-up in Miss Dauis 2011, Ms. UB-College of Business and Accountancy 2012 and Ms. UB Personality 2012.

Queenie is a half-Bengali half-Filipina who works as an NGO worker that provides shelter to disaster hit areas.  She grew up under the care of her aunt while her mother is working in Manila. She finished Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at University of Bohol. She hopes to be a merchant to be able to travel and meet people from all walks of life.

She describes herself as just an average person but for the next 365 days, she’ll be anything but as she is now Miss Bohol: The Quintessential Boholana 2014.

Queenie Melody Fullante on winning the crown: ‘It defines the purity of my intention for what is in the crown.’
Let’s go straight to the crucial Q&A.

When did you realize that you are Miss Bohol? During the coronation night or the morning after? It was such a pleasure to be crowned Miss Bohol on July 19, 2014. Such was, if I may say a public recognition of the many beautiful gifts and talents God has given me. Thus, this crown is a symbol of the God-given beauty and talents that I have and at the same time of the responsibilities to take good care, uphold and use all these to inspire all the Boholanos to appreciate what they have received from God and use them well.

What are your winning traits? My personality makes me a winner. Basing from the feedbacks I garnered from Miss Bohol pageant, I exude a strong personality. It sums up my physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristic as an individual. My being comfortable with my skin, with my skills and with everything that I have, is reflected in my personality and that’s what makes me come out and be of service to my community with enough confidence.

Do you have secrets sustaining your poise, your grace under pressure, especially during the crucial points in any contest? I’ll take Miss Anna Maris Igpit’s words that practice makes permanent. Indeed, it’s true enough. In the early part of our Miss Bohol journey, I don’t have that poise. I don’t know how to handle pressure with such grace. But with my team’s help, I was able to achieve that poise and grace under pressure through constant practice until such time that my system got used to it. Aside from practice, is focus. Don’t compare your performance with the other candidates, focus on yourself. Focus on the points that you need to improve and work on it one at a time. Above all, pray, pray, and pray. Praying is my greatest secret and the most effective among others.

What is your best asset and why? My best asset is my winning trait. It’s my personality. I am not the prettiest nor the smartest in our batch but I have a well-honed personality. It defines the purity of my intention for what is in the crown. It reflects the commitment I have to the advocacies of Miss Bohol. And it’s what makes me who I really am.

Would you rather be smart but not too beautiful, or beautiful but not too smart? God has given me everything. We are all equipped by God, it’s just a matter of how we use it. Therefore, life is not a matter of choosing whether one has to be beautiful or smart but instead it is how one appreciates these gifts and use them well to make life even more beautiful.

What do you think is the biggest decision that you’ve made in your life?  College is a crucial stage for students because it is here where we are starting our journey to the real world. And a lot of my big decisions were made during my college years. The biggest is taking up Bachelor of Science in Accountancy when in reality I just want to take up Tourism or Psychology. I took up Accountancy because I was thinking of the job opportunities that await. And because it’s not really my passion, I had a struggle during my college years. Nevertheless, I have no regrets for taking up BSA. I believe it was my fate to take that path, because it is the place where I really developed holistically. I was intellectually challenged, I met my true friends (the Eksangels), and I have unwrapped my skills and unleashed my potentials.

How relevant are beauty contests today? Beauty contests reveal what constitutes true beauty. It is one of the avenues for women to share their thoughts and open up their stand on matters in the society, where they can be heard and their opinions could be considered. It is where we can foray our advocacies for the enrichment of our society.

Do you think that women today are on equal footing with men? Woman was created from a man’s ribs. Not from his head to be above him or from his foot to be stepped upon, but from his side to complement each other. Men and women from the very beginning has always been equal and will always be.

What is your stand on PDAF scam? The people are already annoyed and so stressed of the many enumerable issues on corruption of government officials at all levels, national and local. Very disgusting, discouraging, exhausting and etc. but, there is always hope and a future so bright that awaits us. Recovery of our dying moral values is what we need to focus now. This may be difficult for those who have been in the system for quite a long time but so much hope is given to the younger generations.

Who’s your role model?  Tyra Lynne Banks. I look up to her not just because we have the same skin complexion but because I admire her ideals. Along her way to stardom she met rejection and discrimination. However, she conquered her dreams and became a pioneer in her undertakings. Most of all, she is active in social and charitable causes. She has a foundation aimed at developing teenage girl’s independence and self-esteem. For me, she shows not what a role model is but HOW a role model should be.

Any other woman whom you admire? St. Theresa of Calcutta. I admire how she used her fragile self to alleviate the sufferings of many. She inspires me to use my title in giving my selfless service without reservations to my fellow Boholanoswho are in dire need of care.

Queenie Melody Fullante describes herself as just an average person but for the next 365 days, she’ll be anything but as she is now Miss Bohol: The Quintessential Boholana 2014.   

Do you have a boyfriend? Not applicable. I never had one since birth. (Laughs)

What qualities do you want in a man? These seven (7) qualities that I found in the net capsulizes my ideal man.  (1)The Romantic Guy. He believes in classic romance. He is constantly bringing me flowers and chocolate and lighting candles during dinner. He calls me often to let me know he is thinking about me and looks into my eyes and tells me how he feels; (2) The Confident Guy. He is totally secure and sure of himself. He is assertive in public and gives off an aura of power and control (within reason of course, as the "cocky guy" is not on this list). In a relationship, he doesn't get jealous of other men; he doesn't feel threatened by my male friends or coworkers; (3) The Artistic Guy. The artistic guy is spontaneous and lives for the moment. Often, he will use his creativity to woo me, such as with a song he has written about me or a painting he has made for me; (4) The Foreign Guy. Note that you don't have to actually be foreign to fit into this category. If you are well-traveled or speak many languages, you might be able to pull off the charm as well as any sweet-talking foreigner. He might have a cute accent or a unique way of seeing the world. His social customs and everyday behavior can be a little quirky, but he always manages to come off as uniquely charming; (5) The Free Spirit Guy (aka the Bad Boy). The free spirit guy goes where the wind takes him — and the wind usually takes him on some kind of wacky adventure. He might ride a motorcycle, or he might skip work to take me on a last-minute road trip, but this guy doesn't worry too much about the consequences; he just sees where his own devices take him; (6) The Intelligent/Witty Guy. He instigates conversations that are intellectually stimulating and listens to what I have to say in response. He makes me laugh with his clever sense of humor and has an uncanny ability to make politics interesting. He can shoot the breeze with me for hours and it will never get boring; and (7) The Considerate Guy. He holds open my car door and pulls out my chair. He foots the bill for dinner and makes sure to offer me dessert. He always asks me out with reasonable notice and picks me up at my door. He is generally sensitive to how I am feeling and when I am ready to go home.

What advocacy experience do you have? Maybe you have an important message to share ... and Miss Bohol would be the venue or forum to start your advocacies. One of my advocacies is strengthening the Boholano Christian Values in the context of family. And as a member of the Diocesan Community of Evangelizers, I have been very active in the formation of Christian values in our parish. The identity of a Boholano is always anchored in the family. It is therefore but necessary to strengthen the Boholano culture and family values should we want Bohol to become even more beautiful and livable. 

How would you lure tourists to Bohol after the killer quake? The killer quake had shaken our land and had fallen some of our beautiful structures, but did not in any way destroy our people. Bohol can always attract tourists with the kind of people it has. We never failed to treat our visitors with due hospitality. Despite the different instances that we are in, we are still able to smile and make others feel comfortable in their stay in Bohol. It is here where tourists can find comfort and fun, especially now that we are rising from last year’s devastation and is becoming an even better Bohol.

Young people today are liberated and adventurous, willing to try everything. What's your stand on pre-marital sex? Pleasure is always coupled with responsibility. Sex for the mere experience of it or for pleasure is a big NO. It must always be within the context of marriage. Only in marriage is the fullness of sex experienced.

If you were to change something in yourself, what would it be? I am very much comfortable with myself that I don’t have to think of any qualities that I have that needed to be changed. In fact, I have been crowned Miss Bohol for what I am and what I have. Everything in me is a blessing and my challenge is to use these blessings to inspire others and embrace themselves.

What is your favorite quote? “Do your best and God will do the rest”. This has been my mantra in all my endeavors and it really works. By saying this, I am enlightened and empowered to give out my best no matter what the result maybe because I am confident that God is always there to back me up.

Describe yourself in three (3) words: Quintessential. Magnanimous. Fabulous.

What is the essence of Miss Bohol? Miss Bohol is a prestigious pageant where we, young women are able to express our opinions on matters not just concerning ourselves but the society as a whole. It is an avenue for us to showcase our God-given Boholana beauties and skills. It enables us to influence positively the community through the ideals that we show off. And it molds our personalities helping us to become better individuals.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

No 'recycled beauties' in Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013

It’s Miss Bohol Sandugo once again!

Eighteen beauties are competing for the plum at the 2013 Miss Bohol Sandugo on July 20, at the Bohol Cultural Center, Tagbilaran City.

There are no "recycled beauties" (whose undying motto is "try and try until you succeed") in this year's batch. However, keen beauty-pageant followers have been telling Bared, with a triumphant ring in their voices, that this year's candidates, are not greenhorns (most of them are winners in their schools and hometowns) to beauty contests.

Like the other beauty contests, the Miss Bohol Sandugo is a rich source of "showbiz" material. Some of the title-holders and finalists who eventually became "famous" include Miss Bohol Sandugo 2005 Anna Maris Igpit who became Bb. Pilipinas-World 2006  and now a TV personality and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011 first runner-up Ely Rose Apple Angcon who was selected as a finalist for the Olay White Bar Ambassador in 2011.

This year’s official candidates are: 

Shereen Alainah Acuña, 22, from Catigbian, raised in the United Arab Emirates. "Shane" as she’s fondly called by her family, is a nurse. She was declared Miss Katigbawan 2011 and Miss UNO Visayas 2011. Vital statistics: 5’3", 34-24-34.

Brigitte Burato, 18, from Alicia, is a consistent dean's lister at the University of San Carlos. She was Miss University of San Carlos School of Business and Economics 2012 and Miss Gaisano Hot Body SRP. 5’4”, 34-22-32.

Shaila Mae Rebortera, 17, from Baclayon.  She crowned Lakambini at Ateneo de Davao University High School. A Teatro Ateneo president, Shaila is a first year college student at Cebu Doctors University. 5'4", waistline: 27

Feby Dannica Garrote, 17, of Cortes. She was Miss Rock of Cortes 2012 third runner-up and Miss United Nations in high school at Infant King Academy. She also represented her town in Miss Ubi 2012. 5'3", bust: 35.

Ma. Mercedes Cutanda, 16, the youngest among the candidates, represents the town of Corella.In high school, she was crowned Miss Nutrition, Miss Intrams second runner-up and Diyosa ng Kalikasan. 

Phoebe Jhane Bulala, 18, of Dagohoy, is one of the tallest among the delegates.  She was Bb. Talibon 2013 first runner-up, awarded Best in Long Gown and Production Number. 5’7". 

Ruth Basarte, 21, from Jagna, represents the Bohol Table Tennis Club. She was Miss Jagna 2011 first runner-up and Miss BIT-IC Personality 2011. 5'6", 32-26-36.

Brenda Liza Cagatin, 17, of Sierra-Bullones, raised in Doha, Qatar.  She was a campus journalist and debater at the Philippine School Doha. Brenda also joined Miss Teen-ICM. 5'7", 36-29-38.

Genina Abrau, 18, of San Miguel, represents Bohol Island State University (BISU).  A DOST scholar, Nina is Miss BISU-MC 2012 first runner-up and Miss BISU SCUAA 2013 first runner-up. 5’4.1", 33-25-35.

Myra Fritzie Golosino,23, of Guindulman, is a part-time model -nurse and niece of Miss Bohol Sandugo 1988 Elizabeth Mumar Añana. Fritzie won ICM Model Quest 2006. She has won in singing contests.  5’4", 34-25-39.

Jan Jeahnette Labastida, 19, of Loon, is taking up pharmacy at University of Bohol. A member of the Parish Youth Ministry and Confraternity of Our Lady of Lourdes,  she was Miss University of Bohol Pharmacy 2010 and Miss Loon Sidlakasilak 2012. 5’2.5", 35-26-35.

Meshellane Real Jade Cajels, 20, from Panglao, is a nursing graduate at Holy Name University. She is Miss Panglao 2012. 5’7".

Mary Elaine Cimfranca, 19, of Dauis,  is taking up International Studies at Mirriam College. The elder sister of Miss Teen Tagbilaran 2012 and Miss Bohol International 2012 Mary Ebone Cimafranca, she was Miss Dauis 2011. 5’6”, 34-24-35.

Jessica Timbal, 21, from Guindulan, is a resort receptionist who represents  the Royal Business Club. She was Miss Teen Bohol 2010 first runner-up and Miss Photogenic. 5'3", 32-24-36.

Dae Narah Garcia, 17, a college student at Silliman University is Binibining Talibon 2012. 5'4", 34-22-36.

Rhea Mae Antigua, 17, of Loay,represents the Great Minds. She graduated valedictorian at Holy Trinity Academy. 5’1", 34-24-36.

Antoniette Grace Mortejo, 18, of Cortes, represents Marcela Farms. She was Miss Rock of Cortes 2012 fourth runner-up and best in swimwear. She also competed in Miss Silka, Bikini contest and Mr. and Miss PRISAA. 5’3", 35-25.5-35.5.

Lizyl Jane Lomotos, 20, of Antequera, is a licensed teacher. She is the reigning Miss Antequera 2013.

The big question, of course, is: Who of them will get the crown?

Meanwhile, Bared has checked the Miss Bohol Sandugo (unofficial fanpage on Facebook) and found out that the Top 5 (early) Favorite Misses Bohol Sandugo with highest numbers of likes and shares of their photos are: Miss BISU, Miss Guindulman, Miss Loon, Miss Baclayon and Miss Alicia.

But don’t bet on it.

"There are surprises!" gushed Alexis Cadeliña, this year's choreographer.

"We love dark horses, they can make their reveal at the right time," seconded by Emerson Pinos.

Supporters can marshal and campaign for votes. At the end of the day, it pays more for a contestant to compete purely on her own merits.
Acknowledged as the  province’s oldest beauty pageant, the Miss Bohol Sandugo will celebrate its 60th year in 2015.

Known as Miss Bohol (1955-1988), Miss Bohol Fiesta Islands (1989)  and Miss Bohol Sandugo (1990-present), the winners are:

1955 - Paula Raagas- Valles (Maribojoc)
1956 - Olivia Solis -Cabrera (Calape)
1962 - Delia Canda dela Serna (Maribojoc)
1968 - Theoprolia Clarin- Parras (Sevilla)
1976 - Geraldine Galang (Carmen)
1977 - Reza Cabagnot (Tagbilaran City)
1982 - Rachelle Oculam (Lila)
1983 - Marcel Orimaco Gatal  (Tagbilaran City)
1986 - Gemma Manding (Tagbilaran City)
1988 - Elizabeth Mumar Añana (Guindulman)
1989 - Winnie Moreno Lim (Tagbilaran City)
1990 - Tiffany Yap (Jagna)
1991 - Rcelle Adlaon (Jagna)
1992 - Celevel Ranoco (Jagna)
1993 - Mary Ann Eronico (Talibon)
1994 - Vanessa Joyce Matuod Evardone (Tagbilaran City)
1995 - Irah Noemi Naron (Baclayon)
1996 - Lainne Reyes Canoy (Maribojoc)
1997 - Socorro D' Marie Tallo Inting (Tagbilaran City)
1998 - Josely Yap Ferniz (Bilar)
1999 - Maria Niña Cubillo (A.B.E.N.A.), replaced by Jennifer Ejoc (Catigbian)
2000 - Mellanie Angelina Wallace (Calape)
2001 - Jeany Justiniane (Valencia), replaced by Vanessa Cadorna (Miss Duero)
2002 - Cherry Mae Bacarro (Dimiao)
2003 - Fatima Liora Lloren Rana (Jagna)
2004 - Rhiz Novah Arenas (Inabanga)
2005 - Anna Maris Igpit (Panglao)
2008 - Joy Marie Maglajos (Catigbian)
2009 - Daisy Jean Quilicot (Tagbilaran City)
2010 - Amir Paraguya Sol (Tubigon)
2011 - Farrah Faye Abarquez Mian (Tubigon)
2012 - Idy Caseñas Cagas (Pundok Jagnaanon)


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(The Bohol Chronicle July 14, 2013 issue)