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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The 'Cobra Walk' and Wishlist

The ‘cobra walk’ in Miss U 2012
My own ‘recycled’ Wishlist
Costume change: Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon went from sexy to elegant as she switched from the swimsuit portion of the night to the evening gown competition. Courtesy: Mikey Gatal
The Philippines nearly had another Miss Universe.
Miss USA Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012, beating out beauties from around the world to claim the coveted title.
Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon came second and Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero was third.
Culpo’s victory came as a big surprise as a majority of viewers, mostly Filipinos, were expecting Tugonon to win the crown.
Culpo brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade, while Tugonon duplicated Miriam Quiambao's first runner-up finish in 1999. The Philippines has won the Miss U twice with Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.

Mikey Gatal
Renowned photographer Nigel Barker asked Tugonon the following question: "As a global ambassador, do you think speaking English should be a prerequisite to being Miss Universe?"

She replied, "I don't think speaking English is about speaking a specific language. Being Miss Universe is about being able to influence and inspire people, regardless of language. It's about being able to influence and inspire other people. If you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show people, then you can be Miss Universe."
Tugonon also displayed her piercing eyes and her signature "Cobra Walk," a type of strut similar to the "tsunami walk" popularized by 2011 Miss Universe third runner-up Shamcey Supsup.
Some Filipinos went to the Sin City to support Tugonon including US-based Boholano socialite Mikey Gatal who covered the event for his website. As a Pinoy veteran beauty pageant watcher, Mikey was also interviewed by GMA News and Telemundo. Another Boholano director RD Alba also covered the Miss U.
The following letter from Mikey Gatal says it all:
Hi Leo,
First of all, I would like to thank you for the trust and giving me a chance to share with you my experiences inside Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada USA where the Miss Universe beauty pageant took place.
I arrived in Vegas on Monday afternoon, two days before the actual finals night, upon arrival, I already met some of the important people behind this event, some were Miss Teen Bahamas Shanae Strachangets, the winner in 2008, and challenged her to give a sample of her catwalk skills because Miss Philippines has a "Cobra Walk" and she did in front of some passersby when we bumped each other while shopping at Aldo Store.
Miss Teen USA 2012 Logan West is a trooper, I asked her if she is a contestant at first because she wasn't wearing a sash in one of the sections of the lobby and she gladly told me, "I am Miss Teen USA"! Before our photo shoot, the mom reminder her. "wear your sash" :)
As the days go by, I finally met former beauty queens Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup, the mother of Janine Tugonon and mother of Shamcey Supsup, I  am forever thankful to them for letting me get inside a pass as one of the relatives of Miss Philippines! because of that pass, you can have access to all candidates during their rehearsals and meals.
Literally, they were all over the place and I was overwhelmed of their beauties in person, Miss Philippines' so regal and look like they were living dolls especially Miss Georgia, Miss Australia, Miss Brazil, Miss Indonesia, Miss Vietnam, Miss Guyana, Miss India, Miss Venezuela and Miss USA and many more!
I talked to Janine's mom, Tess, a day before the pageant and she said that she won’t change her gown what she wore during the preliminaries and she would still used it during the finals. The powder blue evening gown created by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza was very elegant in person and seeing it live was more pleasant to see than on TV especially knows how to carry it. She was not overpowered by the gown but, she overpowered the gown that's why she looks so queenly and a real winner to many.
The atmosphere during the pageant night was awesome and at the same time, everyone's nervous every time a candidate was being called and so on until two were finally left and one of them will be chosen to be the new Miss Universe. Everyone stood up before a name was called and I really heard from most of the audience, shouting Miss Philippines name because she gave a convincing answer but Miss USA won and stunned everyone.
We continued to talked about it at the lobby for several hours and waited for the contestants to come out and still debated of what really happened out there, so many good feed backs for Miss Philippines, some other nationalities would congratulate us too and we cannot just stop talking about it. Very proud of Janine Mari Tugonon!
I met the ever beautiful up Sushmita Sen during the Miss Universe after party together with Ohio, Miss Utah, Miss Wyoming and jokingly said, we are here to support Miss USA who defeated us during our pageant Ha !Ha! Ha!
Anyways,  I really have to go for I am still catching up a flight to go back to LA and I hope you continue to give us more updates and more power to you Leo Udtohan and GMA7 for the opportunity, until next time!
Mikey Gatal

(Watch video of GMA 7's 24 Oras)
You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town. Yes, it's only two days before Christmas and I’d like to make a wishlist not only for myself, but for my friends on the social spotlight and favorite who’s who.
My (recycled) wishlist is not about bundles of books, DVD sets, or a tropical vacation but from my
heart's desire and let's see if we can make a few Christmas dreams come true.
I am asking the big guy to deliver the gifts before he leaves the North Pole and makes his rounds. Hoh! Hoh! Hoh!
For Vanity Kintanar Salinana — The Queen of Cebu Universe 2012 deserves a break, a Roman holiday. In her vacation, she can inspire transwomen to reach for their goals and never ever give up!
For Nemi Monton—A long-delayed award! Is he ripe for an award (Hall of Fame)? Our answer is yes, yes, yes! He opened doors wider for Boholano athletes. His tireless dedication is one of a kind! Paging people out there!
For Dame Rose Soy —- Good health, more years and eternal beauty to continue her works as Bohol's Queen of Tourism and Santacruzan Queen.    
For Rep. Art Yap — To go right on with what he has started. He has done many great things which have positive impact on the lives of ordinary people in his district. His legislative track is already blazing a trail.
For Mayor Dan Lim and Gov. Edgar Chatto—  A peace pipe to be smoked with Mayor Lim on one end and Gov. Ed on the other. Same for Loboc Mayor Leon Calipusan and Vice Mayor Louie Digal. Peace, peace, peace! Love! Love! Love!
For Ardy Batoy — Do we need to say more? Bohol’s Queen of All Media deserves great things in life. Same for Gloria Leodivica Araneta. More years of hosting stints, PR works, seminars and travels.
For Raul Gatal—Bohol’s seasoned host should discover, train and nurture new emceeing talents and to be able to organize Boholano emcees so they can improve their craft, police their ranks and protect their interests.
For Nonito Donaire — Glory and gold! Same for Aj Banal, Jedara Docena, Caesar Amonsot, Boom-Boom Bautista and Jesus Pacaldo, 2007 gold medalist for Track and Field Event in Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China.
For Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Boholano priests— Good health and more years to continue teaching and witnessing the Word of God. Same for Pastors Nelson Rio III, Bobby Rio, Vicente Agustin, George Lungay, Franco Trigo, Rey Rodriguez and Bro. Libby Aba. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
For Marc Joseph Batoy— A smiling doll that will teach him to smile. Like Clement Paulinel Lofranco Ingking and Ar-Ar dela Serna, this Mr. Bisu and Mr. SCUAA is good-looking but he’s hardly smiling. Remember, your smile can bring joy to the whole world. May you keep smiling always.
For EJ Relampagos— To remain level headed and focused as she maintains her status as Bohol’s numero uno.
For Atty. Brian Gaviola — A marriage contract! Same for Lemuel Belarmino and Dr. Renz Acedo.
For Doc Homer Singco — A hot “partner” to love him dearly. Same for Atty. Greg Delgado and Benjie Oliva.
For Anna Maris Igpit— A marriage contract (indefinite!).
For Fer Mary Baliquig — To be patient, to be assertive and to have that “I’m here to win attitude.” As she trains and take shot again at Bb. Pilipinas, her friends maintain that she has what it takes to be a Bb. Pilipinas winner.
For Chito Visarra, Fred Araneta, Jerry Pabe, BG GuingGuing —More “controversial” and "talkative" guests to spice up their programs. More seamless and no-nonsense segments on their programs. Same for Atty. Salva Diputado, Lito Responte and Ted Ayeng.
For Peddy Bolanio and Glee Orcullo(for their Showbiz Rampa) — More exciting showbiz news and live guests to enliven our afternoon. Same for Anjing Poquita and Inday Charity (for Showbiz Chika).
For Rep. Rene Relampagos. — A New Year (and more years) full of hope and goodwill. Same for Catigbian Mayor Bert Salinas, Board Member Dioning Balite, vDauis Mayor Jimmy Jimenez, Sevilla Mayor Ernesita Digal and Toto Veloso.
For Paloma/Marimar — Strong bones for more acrobatic and kagwang performance!
For Zenaida Darunday and Company—Good things in life so that they can continue to help protect the environment of Bohol. Same for Raul Barbarona, Salvio Makinano, Mightee Palo, Alvin Acuzar, Dorris Dinorog-Obena, Atty. Kins Aparece, Isidore Ancog, Ellen Gallares and Shem Quezon.
For Mark Ramasola and Rache Tan-Ramasola — A healthy baby. They badly need one to make them a happy Family 3.
For Mizken Tirol Andan — Bohol’s eventologist needs a partner in the strictest sense of the word…a boy friend.
For Junibe Froilan and Doc April Lumuthang-Froilan— A long-delayed stork’s visit. Same for Mark and Analyn Pollenza-Arbilo.
For Cesar Montano, Lailette Boiser, Rich Asuncion and Tintin Ng — More new projects on TV and films to show their effective "natural" acting.
For Cathy Remperas, Rebecca Lusterio, Amigo talents and Mich Capili— Another film or TV showcase to follow up on their promising introduction as showbiz stars.
For RD Alba — Another film. Maybe he can shift gears again and do another film (action or comedy) that will duplicate or even surpass critical acclaim he received for Biktima. Same for Ted Ramasola whose Bells Ring Mr. King proved he is committed to making films that provoke, cultivate, enlighten and entertain.
For Inday Rufing and Inday Charity — More shows and colorful lovelife.
For Idy Cagas — A sexy, seductive and handsome boyfriend to color her life.
For Centerstage Band — A long-delayed album! More gigs! Same for Brownbuds and Fr. Fro Lungay.
For Daday Uy-Fuertes, Nila Montero, Paz Trotin, Helen Binangbang, Barbara Ong, Jojo Baritua, Tessie Pagdato, Sylvia Fernandez-Maristela, Baby Collins, Dianne Uy, Gen Jamisola , Doc Gerry Egos and Musette Hontanosas. — Success in business and good things to come! Same for Pureza Chatto, Doc Joy Yap, Dr. Mary Grace Uy, Dr. Angelito Lechago, DonDon Suganob, Fancy Baluyot, Beryl Elizabeth Lupot, Primitiva Ontong, LJ Lumayag, Kit Oppus, Vicky Wallace, Hans and Lani Schoof, Aris Aumentado, Atty. Jas Montes, Nora Pahang, Guy Bernaldez, Dr. Nenita Po, Ma. Fe Lejos, Romy Tagaan, Ate V Yorong, Judith Uy-Sumatra, Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos, Dr. Cristeta Tirol, Dr. Henya Tirol-Sotelo, Amalia Tirol, Liza Quirog, Fiel Araoarao-Gabin, Betty Veloso-Garcia, Greenie Aumentado, Freda Tirol and Roygie Jumamoy.
For Alfeo Jabinez and Amy Fiel Booc — A chain to bind them and lock their hearts for better or for worse…
For Pepe Recitas, Ramie Cadag, Francis Dompor, Manuel Cempron and Company — O Lord. Bless them with your love and the strength they need to continue in their work. Encourage them, Father, for their labor is often thankless and forgotten by so many.
For Greatwich Brothers: Simon Clive, Christopher Robert and Philip Carlo of the Philippine Football Team — They will hold free football camps in Bohol.
For Onecimo “Onie” Oclarit — Another album with songs that will make us cry or smile like his Ubilandia’s  Carlos P. Garcia: Bantugang Bol-anon that replaying the song anytime won’t do any harm.
For Bien Unido Mayor NiƱo Rey Boniel— Marriage contract (hurry!).
For Danao Mayor Thomas Gonzaga — Seductive partner!
For Penales Hunks of LA: Marvin, Marlon, Mark, Martin, Miquo, Vincent, Nildjan and Venn— To have a successful career as they have finished their studies already. Their friends wish that they can truly handle their love affairs… and true love can wait!
For Baby Tagoctoc— Success in business and great things to come for Bohol’s most powerful bading. Same for Maximiel, Charlo Arbasto, Omie Auza and Tracy Remolador Torres.
For Jeroen Hellingman, Leah Tirol-Magno, Jerome Auza, Mike Ligalig, Roy Bayonas, Alfonso Potane, Rene Econg and company— Patience to continue their work to bring Boholanos abroad closer to Bohol!
For Rep. Erico Aumentado — More years of public service and protection shield for his safety. In this country, when you do what is good and what is right, you make enemies. Aumentado has proven to be a good public servant to Bohol.
For Carmen Mayor Conchita Toribio — A silencer….so that she can celebrate a worry-free Holiday season and she can concentrate on her multi-million business.
For Tessie Labunog-Sumampong—  Success in business and great things in life. Same for Connie Geonzon and Dalareich Polot.
For Mikey Gatal — A partner who will love him forever and ever, amen! To quote Dionne Warwick, “I say a little prayer for you...”
For Sam Penaso, Nene Lungay, Glenn Lumantao, Joey Labrador, Ric Ramasola and Marianito Jose Luspo — More new projects to remind everyone of their exceptional abilities. How about another group art exhibit abroad after conquering Manila? Same for Ryan Macalandag, Liza Macalandag, Vida Tirol-De Juan, Vera Villocido, Enriquieta Butalid, Tadiyandi, Baji, Bohol visual artists and Arte Malaya.
For Aldrin Palaca—Another reality search to follow up on his promising introduction as the Beatbox king of Bohol. Same for Butch de Juan.
For Eden Descallar — Wedding bells! Wedding bells! (We are all so really tired of waiting He!He!He!)
For Mila Lim — More years to light her Christmas village! And to see more talented Boholanos in Pasko sa Plaza, not only for three nights but for one week!
For Loboc Children’s Choir — More performances and exposures! Same for Bukang Liwayway Dance Troupe, the Alicia Bamboo Ensemble, Dimiao Children’s Rondalla, Loboc Youth Ambassador and HNU Diwanag Dance Troupe.
For Miss Bohol Sandugo and Miss Tagbilaran— A topnotch production and new concept to celebrate independence, beauty and womanhood. It will be right on track in its noble aim of discovering, guiding, inspiring and training Boholana beauties who can compete in national beauty pageants. Same for Ubi Queen Festival, the most boring beauty pageant. We wish the organizers will introduce something new and exciting production.
For our Media friends — No more painful and violent deaths in the media industry. Well, we all have to go but not painful.
For the Diocese of Tagbilaran— They will work out the canonization process for Miguel Ayatumo. For ages, this holy man was eclipsed and forgotten.
For our lawmakers, fiscals, police officers, et al in the province— Discerning hearts, strength and active participation to prove that they are there. 
For The Bohol Chronicle Radio Corporation — To continue the mission! For more half a century, The Bohol Chronicle has been a paragon of fair and balanced journalism. It has covered all the milestones of our province’s history and has never wavered from its commitment to deliver insightful reports and analysis of issues, current events, and developments. Our kinaham di ba?
For Bared Readers —May this lovely Christmas season bring you delights in all possible forms. May you receive love in abundance and joy that lasts throughout this season. Watch out for the new breeze is coming in 2013! Muchas gracias!
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Shamcey Supsup: It’s more fun in Bohol!

As I said, I liked the way Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Gurrea Supsup delivered her message during the 142nd commencement exercises of the University of Bohol. She said it with so much fervor that nobody could say she didn’t say it from the heart.
The hills are alive… with Shamcey Supsup at the top of the highest hill in Carmen. Photo Courtesy: Elcid Tirol
Having the Miss Universe beauty and board topnotcher as speaker was a history in the making. It was Shamcey’s first time to speak in a graduation ceremony. Everyone who attended the event was inspired. And a big thanks to UB Registrar Leah Tirol-Magno, the graduation chair, for making it happened.
Before that Shamcey did a “whirlwind” countryside tour. Wearing a sundress, Shamcey flashed her winning smile to her Boholano fans, who either shrieked in admiration or were too dumbfounded to say anything. She’s really beautiful. She’s mobbed by fans wherever she went.
“It’s my second time here in Bohol. Matagal ko nang gustong pumunta. I didn’t have the time. Yung first time ko dito sa Bohol, hindi ako nakapagtour, so ngayon ko lang nakita ang Bohol. Mas maganda dito,” Shamcey told Bared.
Shamcey visited Loboc River, the river of joy. She was welcomed by Tessie Labunog-Sumampong of Loboc Riverwatch.  “This is better than river cruising in Bangkok, Thailand,” she quipped.
At the world famous Chocolate Hills in Carmen, Shamcey climbed the 214 concrete steps to reach the highest hill. She said that viewing the chocolate hills is a never-ending amazement. The guides (composed of Angeli Uy of Lab Tours and Travels, Melanie Tirol, Desiree Roxas, Liza Macalandag, Elcid Tirol, Charlito Andam and Gyn Mark Cajote) and Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. coordinator Ms. Liliana Soriano joined her watching the grandeur of the thousand hills—so beautifully formed in the central part of Bohol.
And a visit to the tarsier sanctuary in Corella town allowed Shamcey to see the natural habitat of the tarsier with ‘tarsierman’ Lito Pizarras as guide.
Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup at the Loboc river, the river of joy.  Photo Courtesy: Elcid Tirol
 “Sana mapreserve ang natural beauty ng Bohol. Once na nasira yun mahirap na ibalik. It’s more fun in Bohol,” Shamcey said.  
Anyway, to give everyone a chance to reminisce Shamcey’s graduation message (not only for UB graduates but for all the graduates there), here’s a copy of her message. Read on.
Good afternoon to all of you. First of all, thank you for inviting me to grace this most meaningful occasion.
Many people have asked me if I have change since April 10 when I won the Binibining Pilipinas that eventually brought me to the road to Sau Paulo  Brazil for the Miss Universe Pageant. Yes and no. I have changed in ways that amaze even myself. From someone who didn’t know the first thing about wearing high heels, putting on makeup or fixing my hair, I transformed into someone who could enhance whatever  God-given countenance I was given. From a person who was very shy, I learned how to speak to large audiences and flash my brightest  smile. And from  someone who was always within the comfort  zone of family  and friends, I learned how to interact with people from all walks of life.
Yes, I have change. But then again, I haven’t.
Last year, I was veritable probinsiyana. I grew up in my parents’ farm in GenSan. I rode “carabaos” and ran around the farm. There is simplicity and tranquility in my GenSan life that I miss. It is simplicity that makes up my core. In truth, even if a lot of me have changed, I am still very much a probinsyana at heart.     
Today, there are 725 of you who are probinsyanos and probinsyanas at heart who will graduate. Your parents have toiled hard to get you where you are. Some of you will venture to go out to the city, even out to the world. Some of you will opt to stay in Bohol. But all of you will pursue your dreams.
In pursuing your dreams, I urge to continue being a probinsyano. Dream big, but live simply. Learn to recognize the real and important from the mere trappings of glory. In my reign as Ms. Universe Philippines, I got caught in the whirlwind of several social and high profile activities. While I recognize the significance of each activity, somehow, it was in the low profile and simple activities where I found real joy.
Don’t get me wrong. Being simple does not mean being second best. It simply means discerning and being focused on the things that matter most. In your own simple ways, aim to be first, the best .The founders of your esteemed university did just that. Your school was the first university in the province. It is the home of several alumni whose names are synonymous with excellence. When I decided to give in to my mother’s wish for me to become a beauty queen, I took everything to heart. I took everything
seriously. I studied the moves, perfected my walk, and honed myself so I could bring honor to my country. At first, it was just an obedient daughter following her mom’s wishes .But as the competition progressed, I knew that I should push myself to be the best I could. Eventually, it boiled down to how I could be the best for my country.
From simple goals and the pursuit of excellence, I implore you young graduates to conquer the whole new worlds that lay on your feet not only with youthful fervor, but also with integrity. It is not enough that you reach your dreams. It is not enough that you be the best. It is most important if you do everything with dignity and respect. Never compromise your values and ideals. Never give up the beliefs that make you who you are in exchange for favors and rewards that are just material and transitory. This is exactly what was in my mind, when in a heartbeat ,I answered the question posed to  me during  the Miss  Universe pageant .Some say that I should  have stretched my answer to make it sound  more diplomatic. Some say that I should have asked for an interpreter. For me, however, the answer was so clear that I did not need a translator to say what was in my heart. There simply was no gray area in need of “stretching”. These are the values that were ingrained in me by my parents that are not negotiable at all.
Finally, I enjoin you to pay it forward. A lot of you will reach great heights in their endeavors. But always look back and pay it forward. There is a reason why you have been showered this blessing of education. Find a way for these blessings to multiply a hundred fold by giving back –to your family, to school, to province, to your country, and most of all to God. Paying it forward is the best way to show your gratitude. It is gratitude that manifests and multiplies itself in generosity.
Be simple. Be excellent. Be honest. Be generous in your gratitude. Be all these and you will be the best graduates of University of Bohol.
Thank you very much and congratulations to all.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Music is life ask Malou

FLASH REPORT: Shamcey Supsup chosen as graduation speaker
Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Gurrea Supsup will share her thoughts on life and success with this year’s graduating class at the 142nd commencement ceremony on March 27, 4 p.m. at the UB quadrangle, the Office of the University Registrar announced last week.

Shamcey Supsup graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines and topnotcher in the June 2010 Architect Licensure Exam.

“When we choose a speaker, we think of who is right for the time,” UB Registrar Leah Tirol-Magno said. “We choose Miss Shamcey Supsup because aside from her outstanding academic achievements and Miss Universe beauty, she is proud to be a Christian.”
You and me against the world
Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world
And for all the times we've cried I always felt that
God was on our side.

And when one of us is gone
And one of us is left to carry on
Then remembering will have to do
Our memories alone will get us through
Think about the days of me and you
Of you and me against the world

Those lines from the song You and Me against the World by Helen Reddy take on a deeper meaning vis-a-vis Maria Lourdes “Malou” Brunidor Cempron's life.  “This song is dedicated to my unica hija. It tells about strength. My daughter and I both held on together at the time her father left us for somebody.”

Paano kita mapasasalamatan
Sa puso mong sa 'kin ibinigay
Ngayon lamang ako nagmahal nang tunay
Sa tanang aking buhay
Sapat na ba na ako ay mangako
Mananatili ka dito sa 'king puso
Paano kita mapasasalamatan
Sapat na bang mahalin lang kita

Malou’s winning piece, “Paano Kita Mapapasalamatan” by Kuh Ledesma, won her first place in Ang Bagong Kampeon (The New Champion) in 1984. It was a national amateur singing contest aired on RPN (now Solar TV) hosted by the late Bert “Tawa” Marcelo and Pilita Corrales.

Her inclusion in the national singing tilt was a blessing in disguise. Malou went to Manila to sing in the wedding of Balilihan Vice Mayor Efren and Nikki Chatto. Just when Malou was ready to go back to Bohol, the late assemblyman Eladio "Kiking" Chatto, convinced her to try out for Bagong Kampeon. Bohol’s First Lady Pureza Veloso-Chatto accompanied her to Broadcast City Channel 9.  Aspiring singers from the country filled the place, all hoping for a guaranteed audition in the televised Bagong Kampeon tryout.  Out of 75 auditioneers only 5 passed and she was one of the lucky 5.

Music lovers said that Malou’s entry to the contest was unfavorable. It was a nice performance but the timing’s wrong because the defending champion had only one week to qualify for the grand finals. Ryan Cayabyab, one of the judges, called her after the contest and gave her an open date to join again without audition anymore. She claimed the first place Bagong Kampeon in 1984.

“Big deal di ba? Not anybody could be given that chance. I was lucky then to be offered. I won first place that week I joined the contest,” Malou recalled.
Malou really hasn't slowed down since taking home the Bagong Kampeon. On May 16, 1983, Malou’s rendition of “Dito Ba” won her 3rd place in the 1st Bohol Minus One Singing tilt. She was the only female contestant to make it to the magic three among the 48 contestants around Bohol.  It was sponsored by the Silliman University Kadugong Bol-anon (headed by Niza Reselosa Bagares) and dyRD. It was hosted by Bohol’s Queen of All Media Ardy Araneta-Batoy and Kiss FM dj Nelson Jabonite. The jurors were topnotch musician Atty. Elpidio Biliran and Victoria Modequillo Chatto.

In 1984, Malou was declared champion in Bohol PRISAA Literary Musical Contest singing “Ako Ang Nagwagi, Ako Ang Nasawi” by Dulce.

In 1987 to 1989, she was hired to sing backup vocals for noted musician Tex Cimafranca in the many songs he composed for Manila artists.
Malou is also a sough-after judge in singing contests. Before Luke Mejares conquered Manila, Malou used to be one of the judges in the many contests he joined. It was also Malou who advised Star in a Million grand champion Jerome Sala to sing One in a Million when he was joining amateur contests in Bohol.

Music is life. Ask Malou.

“Music is like second skin to me,” said Malou. “My life would be empty without it.”
Malou with Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes

As a child, Malou aspired to be a singer. She possesses a soprano vocal range and has been referred to as "the little girl with a sparkling voice" and a blue eyed soul singer. After winning in a national contest, Malou received offers but she didn’t let herself be affected by the klieg lights and cameras rolling and she remained as humble as ever.

Malou is busy working as election assistant II at the Provincial COMELEC for 20 years, and yet she still finds time to sing. 

Find out more about Malou as she completes the following sentences:

I hate people who are… insincere and discourteous.

I avoid people who are not…respectful especially to elders or 
persons in authority.

My greatest pleasure is…when I won first place in the Bagong Kampeon singing competition in Manila which was hosted 
by no less than Ms. Pilita Corrales and with Mr. Ryan Cayabyab as chairman of the board of judges.

My worst moment…was the time I got real sick in 2009.

My biggest fear… my biggest fear is to lose my singing voice.

The most important person in my life is… my daughter is the most impt person in my whole life.

If I were to be reincarnated as an animal I would be… a bird because birds fly freely.

My most traumatic experience was… when my daughter was diagnosed of idiopathic seizure disorder while in high school.

I deal with gossip by… dedma na lng. Gossips don’t bother me at all.

The one thing I can’t live without is… my mobile phone. It’s my only way to get in touch with anybody anytime of the day.

Am I afraid of growing old?... I am definitely not afraid of growing old in fact I’m excited to grow old with my loved ones.

The type of guys that turns me on… I go for the musically inclined, smart and God-fearing dudes.

The type of guys that turn me off… .. intimidating ones are a no-no to me absolutely.

My philosophy in life is… no guts no glory!

I lose my temper when… I lose my temper in people who can’t follow instructions very well.

If I were somebody else I’d be… Mother Teresa, a very gentle woman who has a big heart that bleeds for the poor.

I am happiest when… I when all of my loved ones are in the pink of health especially my unica hija.

I’m saddest when… I’ve hurt anybody .

My ultimate goal in life is… to witness the graduation of my daughter.

Last thing that I do before I go to sleep?. . To say my prayers is always the last thing I do before I sleep.

First thing I do after  I wake up? I pray to thank the Lord for giving me another day in my life.

How do you cope with stress? stress? I lift it up to HIM up above who gives me strength .

My favorite hideaway is… my bedroom at home is my paradise it’s where I listen to music .

My love life is… Secret hmmm.

Do I prefer a younger man, somebody my age or somebody older? Well, my answer is a big BOTH.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Miss Bohol Sandugo book on its 60th


Scene: Gheleo Rey Caslib, a seaman, and Dhess Escleto, a supervisor of La Vista BQ Mall, exchanged marriage vows last Nov. 30 at the UCCP Dr. Graham Memorial Church, Inc. The wedding was officiated by Rev. George Lungay and Rev. Leon Maniwan.

Scene: The Ubayanus Kru from San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol made it to the weekly finals rounds on ABS-CBN late-morning show Showtime last Nov. 26. However, they didn’t make it to the monthly finals rounds. Ubayanus Kru weekly finals performance, according to the judges, was kumpletos rekados, a complete meal. They have dancers, a beatboxer (Aldrin Palaca), a soloist and a harper. All the judges and madlang people were really impressed about their revealed performance that they garnered a perfect 10 scores from madlang pipol. “Yung nagbebeatbox (referring to Aldrin Palaca) pare, ang galing mo bro, yung naguitar, nag-harp. Tapos yung bata may matandang tao sa katawan niya. Ang pinaka-best sa inyo makayaban, Pinoy na Pinoy kayo. Mahal kayo ng tao, yung charisma at dating ninyo ng mga tao malayo mararating ninyo,” said Jericho Rosales.Meantime, showbiz beckons. Showtime has taught Ubayanus Kru to hone their craft.

Seen: 2011 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup will lead the Bluewater family in lighting up the entire resort with festive parols, handcrafted lanterns made from indigenous materials tonight, Dec. 4.  Possibly Shamcey will sing with CenterStage band as they will be playing the best of Christmas songs during the parol lighting. To book a table for the dinner-for-a-cause with Shamcey Supsup, call 0922 8779059 and look for Alma Mondigo or visit

Seen: The unprecedented 19th straight overall championship of Cebu City athletes of the 2011 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) Meet held in Tagbilaran City. Around 7,000 athletes from all over the region (Bais, Bayawan, Bogo, Bohol, Carcar, Cebu, Cebu Province, Danao, Dumaguete, Guihulngan, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Tagbilaran, Talisay, Tanjay and Toledo) plunged into action in archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, sipa, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball. This year’s edition had no dancesport competition but had a cultural presentation such as balitaw, vocal solo, folk dance and kundiman ni Dr. Jose Rizal.

Miniature Christmas village attracts visitors

Edward Guyano aka Inday Charity (left) and your columnist at the Christmas village of Mila Lim (center). Photo by Liza Macalandag
Now on its third year, the miniature Christmas Village of Mila Lim has fascinated visitors and friends who visit it during the holidays.

The Christmas Village is a decorative, miniature village occupying the main entrance of her house. It’s literally filled with trees of green and gold, colorful mini-shops, miniature skiers up and down the slopes, carnival rides, dancers twirling to a waltz inside a gazebo, skaters in the park, Santa Clauses dancing and flying on sleighs and a choo-choo train running in circles. 
"My Christmas village has 53 houses and I have 118 Santa Claus collections," shared Mila.

Mila started the project in 2008 and has since increased her collection of miniature Christmas houses and objects. Some of the items were bought during her travels abroad, while others were gifts from her friends.

When she was a child, Mila said she was fascinated by Santa Claus so she decided to collect Santa Claus for a decade now. To date, she has 115 Santa Claus.
Scattered throughout are Santa Claus in all shades and shapes. There are singing and dancing santas, and ala Tarzan santa. Even her glasses and place mats are in Christmas motif.

Importantly, Christmas music coming from the village and the sala boosts the festive atmosphere.

The Christmas Village will run until Jan. 8, 2012, the Feast of the Three Kings (Epiphany of the Lord) at the House of Mila Lim along M. Torralba Street (at the back of the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital).

(Thanks Liza Macalandag for the pictures! Edward Guyano is all smiles.)


Four years from now, the province’s oldest beauty pageant, the Miss Bohol Sandugo, will celebrate its 60th year.

The memory of those lovely and enchanting ladies who made their mark in the Miss Bohol pageant arena would always linger in the minds of pageant aficionados.

“Don’t you wish we will write a book about the Miss Bohol winners?” asked Bohol’s seasoned host and personality guru Raul Gatal. Yes, why not?

1977 beauties. The Top Three were all from the then Divine Word College now Holy Name University From L-R: 1st RU Antoniette Biloy, Miss DWCT, 1977 Most Beautiful Boholana Ellen "Jick Jick" Campbell, Miss Tagbilaran City, 2nd RU Angie Pepito, Miss Rotary Club of Tagbilaran City
Churning out a book recording the history of Miss Bohol is a history in itself. I was approached by Raul in the latter part of 2004 about his initial plan to make a book.  He got a nod from Prof. Marianito Jose Luspo. Raul wanted a coffee -table book to commemorate the pageant.  As Raul soldiered on, however, the project didn’t materialize.

Winners come and go. It is a high time that the Miss Bohol Sandugo deserves a book on its 60th.

Here’s a fond lookback (some interesting trivia) at the Miss Bohol Sandugo winners, courtesy of Raul :

• The 1956 Miss Bohol Paula Raagas Valles became a mayor of her town Maribojoc.

Olivia Solis, the 1957 winner, became famous for the Visayan serial radio drama song "Dawata na Olivia" which was composed especially for her. It was a sentimental journey home when she graced the 2000 Miss Calape pageant where her ageless beauty and charm were admired by one and all.

• The 1962 Miss Bohol, the very regal and elegant Delia Canda- de la Serna represented Bohol in the 1962 Miss Philippines Pageant which selected the country's bet for the 1963 Miss Universe Pageant. Delia was selected as Miss Visayas or 3rd runner up to Lalaine Benett who became the 1963 Miss Universe 3rd runner up. 

•The 1968 Miss Bohol that was organized by the Bohol Jaycees selected the province's bets to the 1968 Binibining Pilipinas Pageant.  Theoprolia Clarin Parras and Emma Mumar were Bohol's bets to the country's most prestigious pageant. Miss Mumar was declared one of the 15 semi- finalists in the 1968 edition of Bb Pilipinas.

 • In 1976, the pageant was relaunched as The Search for the Most Beautiful Boholana. It was won by Divine Word College's bet, Lou Minoza.

Ellen Campbell
 • The 1977 pageant attracted 34 candidates who represented towns, the city, schools, civic and business clubs. The winner was the vivacious Ellen Jick Jick" Campbell who represented Tagbilaran City. Her 1st RU was Miss DWCT'S Antoniette Biloy. 2nd RU was Angie Pepito, Miss Rotary Club of Tagbilaran. Rounding out the Top Seven were the candidates from Garcia Hernandez, Tubigon, Jagna and Loon.  Ellen "Jick Jick" Campbell passed away in Feb 2001 after losing the battle with the big C. She would always be remembered as one of the loveliest Miss Bohol winners.

• In 1978, the pageant was won by the well- bred Geraldine Galang of Carmen who represented DWCT. She officially became Miss Divine Word College in 1979.

 • The 1983 edition that was organized by the then Kabataang Barangay Prov'l Chair Hon. Edgar Chatto was aptly named Miss Young Bohol. It holds the record of having the most number of candidates with a total of 37 girls from around Bohol. It was won by Marcelina Marcel Orimaco Gatal of Tagbilaran City who was also adjudged Best in Gown for her unforgettable red and white serpentina evening gown which she carried with elan and poise. Her runners up included Josephine Joy Tago Miss Dimiao. She is now Dr. Joy Yap, a very successful dentist. Another runner up was Miss Loboc, Tessie Labunog now Mrs. Tessie Sumampong of Loboc Riverwatch fame. A year before the 1983 Miss Young Bohol, Ms Gatal was also chosen Hiyas ng Silangan- Bohol and represented the province in the National Finals of Hiyas ng Silangan- Philippines held at the Ramada Hotel in Manila where she was adjudged Miss Talent and later chosen as one of the Top Ten Finalists. 

 • 1986 was a transition period for the Philippines for it was the year that Pres. Marcos was deposed and the Yellow Fever had swept the country- side. Then Bohol OIC Governor Victor de las Serna approved the holding of a Miss Bohol pageant that would start from the barangay level to really pick the most beautiful Boholana for that year. The statuesque and very sophisticated Gemma Manding of Tagbilaran City won in a province- wide beauty search that was participated in by all municipalities and the city in a pageant that had weekly elimination rounds prior to the grand coronation night. Miss Manding stood out and outshone all the other girls during the pageant night and swept almost all the special titles and corporate awards. The Philippine Airlines International F.A. and wife to City Councilor Hon. Beben Inting has maintained her regal bearing and retained the gorgeous looks and whistle- bait figure that won for her the Miss Bohol crown in 1986.


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Miss U fever and other tidbits

Hours after Philippine bet Shamcey Supsup was named as the 3rd runner-up at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant, jokes spread like wildfire online. Joke! Joke! Joke!

Aling Dionesia Pacquiao with Ms. Navarette
Joke 1:  (At the Miss Universe pageant back stage..)
Ms.CHINA: Congratulations Angola!
Ms.ANGOLA: Thanks China, you like my crown?
Ms.CHINA: Yes of course, go check what's written on it..
(Then Angola takes off her crown and read the little words on the back.)
Engraved on the crown: "MADE IN CHINA."

Joke 2: This alleged statement was aired via NBC News: “I have reservations with the results. If the only basis is the Q and A portion, after having been trimmed down to 5, Ms. Philippines deserved to win. What made her different from the rest is that she had no seconds to rethink of her answer as she had no interpreter to break the ice. The rest had their interpreters and having breaks on seconds to think about their answers. Hands down, Ms. Philippines answered straight to the point.”  But sorry to burst your bubble, the highly influential celebrity did not actually say that. Answering a query on the alleged statement, a moderator on Oprah's official website said Oprah has not issued "any comments of this nature." OWNModerator13 responded: "There is no truth to the statement. Ms. Winfrey has not made any comments of this nature. Thank you for asking."

Joke 3: According to a very reliable source the main reason why Ms. Philippines Shamcey Supsup's failure to win Miss Universe pageant was her inconclusive response to the Q n A part of the pageant. It had nothing to do with her religious belief but because she does not want to marry the son of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Who on earth wants to be called Mrs. Shamcey Supsup-Bhutto. Mas ayaw din pakasalan ni Shamcey si Richard Poon kasi ang full name nya is Mrs. Shamcey Supsup-Poon. Tsaka ayaw din na si Hayden Kho makatuluyan kasi the full name is magiging Mrs. Shamcey Supsup-Kho.

Joke 4: Lea Salonga gave high scores to Miss Angola because their family names sound the same: Angola-Salonga.

Joke 5: The photoshopped photo of Aling Dionesia Pacquiao being crowned as Miss U winner (with Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarette) is widely circulated all over the internet. No, Mommy D didn’t win the Miss U!


Everyone is still in frenzy over the recently concluded Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The country's bet — Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup — was the third runner-up.

A Penelope Cruz look-alike, Shamcey ranked a place higher than Venus Raj, who was fourth runner-up in the 2010 pageant. Shamcey is the fourth Filipina declared third-runner-up in the Miss U: Lalaine Benette (1963), Chat Silayan (1980) and Desiree Verdadero (1984).

Leila Lopes of Angola, the first titleholder from her country, was crowned the 60th Miss Universe.
Aside from Shamcey, the others who are part of Lopes' entourage are: Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko (1st runner-up); Miss Brazil Priscila Machado (2nd runner-up); and Miss China Luo Zilin (4th runner-up).

Some Filipino fans have expressed disappointment over her non-title win, despite a good standing throughout the pageant.

According to Bohol’s seasoned host and personality guru Raul Gatal “the Philippines already lost five Miss Universe crowns because of the q&A courtesy of Chiqui Brosas (1975), Desiree Verdadero (1984) Miriam Quiambao (1999) Venus Raj (2010) and Shamcey Supsup (2011).”

“Shamcey's case was the biggest blow, she aced the question but lost,” said Raul.  However, Bb. Pilipinas-World 2006 Anna Maris Igpit said that “it's not all about the q&a , it's the overall performance.”

But I agree with Raul when he said that for Shamcey to have finished third runner-up was good enough. She made us proud!

“Shamcey did everything right but Angola outshone her because she had that sweetness, sincerity and showed a hint of vulnerability those endearing herself to the judges and to the crowd,” said Raul. “Becoming Miss Universe doesn’t mean you’re the most beautiful or the's a matter of luck, timing and destiny. It was written in the stars that Miss Angola would become miss universe,” added Raul.
Farrah Faye Mian: ‘Even if I were in her place, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the whole world of my principles and beliefs in such a way that would make me give up my love.’

Anna Maris Igpit: ‘I honestly feel that Shamcey deserves a higher rank.’

Anyway, Bared asked Anna Maris and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011 Farrah Faye Mian what they could say and how they would answer the same “tricky” question.

What is your reaction of the Miss U 2011?

Maris: This year's pageant is actually new for me because I was used to the opening number with the candidates dancing and the intro with their national costume, if not, recorded. But I love the pacing, very quick as usual. The dresses (opening) and swimsuits were gorgeous!

Farrah: I think Shamcey did a great job! I know that most people don't really appreciate nor recognize the fact that she was only the 3rd runner up but I think it’s one of the greatest feats she will ever earn for this country. Imagine, among all the countries in the world, our country's representative was chosen among the top5 and that wasnt an easy journey for her. I think all of us should just congratulate and be happy for her after all, she brought fame and glory to our beloved motherland.

Do you think Shamcey deserves 3rd runner-up or higher than 3rd runner-up?

Maris: I honestly feel that Shamcey deserves a higher rank. The least for her should be the 1st runner-up. Her over-all performance was really good. I was shocked when she was called as 3rd runner up because I was already expecting Angola and Shamcey as the last two standing.

Farrah: I think she should have won because she really showed what a Miss Universe should embody: that is strength, beauty, grace and most of all, conviction. Even if I were in her place, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the whole world of my principles and beliefs in such a way that would make me give up my love. She is a woman of substance, intelligence and beauty and I think she deserved the crown more than anyone else.

Was it the question that Shamcey lost to Angola/Ukraine?

Maris: I don’t think it was the q&a round that cost her the crown. In fact, she gave a very strong and straight to the point answer. I’m not really a fan of Shamcey's walk. But I think it worked for her. I believe it was the judge's call already.

Farrah: I don't think it was the question. In fact, I am still confused as to why she only got the 3rd spot when she was the only one who spoke for herself without the aid of an interpreter.

What will be your answer of the question "Would you change your religious beliefs for the one you love?"

Maris:  No, religion should not get in the way when it comes to love. If a guy truly loves me, he will embrace our differences and respect what I believe in. Because after all true love encompasses everything including religion, which I believe can’t be taken away from you in life and even after.

Farrah: I don't think I'll ever change my religious beliefs for the one I love because if he loves me back as much as I love him, then he'll understand. My beliefs are one of the things that made me who I am, one of the things that made him love me, and if I were to change it then I wouldn't be the same person. Most of all, God's love is greater than any earthly romance we find and I’m sure that if he really loves me, then we'll find a way to make it work without compromising both sides.

Thanks Ima Castro
Miss Saigon and recording star Ima Castro with the sisters and working force of the Holy Spirit School-Tagbilaran...           
...and visiting the tarsier (and other attractions) in her countryside tour.
At her concert last Tuesday night, the Miss Saigon and recording star Ima Castro gave her best that the audience, composed mostly of nuns, teachers, students and alumni of Holy Spirit School Tagbilaran, once again thrilled to the Ima Castro songs. Good show, Ima Castro!  Anyway, here is a letter from David Crankshaw, who’s responsible of bringing Ima to Bohol, says it all:

In between performing in the show, “In The Heights” in Makati and other shows around Manila, Ms. Ima Castro came to Bohol for a concert organized by Holy Spirit School of Tagbilaran.

Ima’s first visit to Bohol was on Sept. 12. Ima, Mollinder Cadiz (pianist), Ellawyn Cruz (road manager) and members of the organizing committee from school departed on a short sightseeing tour. Ima was amazed by the beauty of the Loboc River, Chocolate Hills and the amount and age of the churches in the area, and she fell in love with our own local celebrities, the tarsier.
On Sept. 13, Irma visited Holy Spirit School to watch the Intramurals dance performances then she treated the students and faculty to Whitney Houston’s “I’m every woman.”

“An evening of fine music” began with front acts of music and dance by grade and high school students and Ms Jennifer Ann Talisic (Jats) HSS Alumni. Ima came on stage around 8pm and performed various pop and musical songs from artists like Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand and Sharon Cuneta. Followed by  her very own “Shine” and other OPM songs. During the short interval the audience was entertained by pianist, Mollinder Cadiz.
The second half of the included many songs from the shows including, “I Dreamed a Dream” (Les Miserables) “It Won’t Be Long Now” (In the Heights), “Easy as Life” ( Aida) and “I’d Give My Life for You” (Miss Saigon). HSS Alumni Jennifer Ann Talisic (Jats) then joined Ima on staged to sing (unrehearsed) “Tell him” by Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion.
The last song and the encore were “Listen” and “And I’m Telling You” from the musical “DreamGirls.” After a standing ovation Ima spent nearly an hour talking and having photo’s taken with the SSPS sisters from school and anyone else that requested.

We were all treated to an evening of powerful and emotional music, performed by an amazing, yet humble artist, Ms. Ima Castro.


Bohol Hot Rods show held

A Hot Rod in urban slang is any vehicle that had been modified to improve its appearance or performance and often times both.

Bohol’s First Car and Motor Show was held last September 10 at Island City Mall Carpark. It was presented by Island City Mall, Auto Kraft Works, Shiang Ma Nou and Disco Records Center. Organized by CentralSense Production, it featured Bohol’s best cars including Mr. Hans Schoof’s Mercedes Benz SLS 2012, Poch Lamug’s Audi TT, BMW Z3’s, Mercedes Benz ML, Subaru WRX STI, Nissan 350z, fully set-up Ford F150, customized Honda cars and more.

Boholano motorcycle enthusiasts also graced the event by participating in the Slow Drag race, Burn-Out and Pimp my Bike competition, as judged by Blake Go, Philippine’s Drag Racing champion.

The visitors and on lookers had a great time with the competition photo ops with the models from Cebu and the featured cars during the event. Supportive car companies also united during the event, displaying their featured cars.  The whole time, the crowd was entertained by Bohol’s bands and Cebu’s DJ SEEK.

“The success of the event will hopefully inspire even more Boholanos to join and raise the level of car and motorcycle modification to a much higher level,” said Karla Tirol Magno, one of the organizers.

For Bohol’s Premier Car & Motorcycle Modification, please contact 09173040638 at Auto Kraft Works.