Miss Bicolandia 2007 pre-pageant photos

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Miss Bicolandia 2007: a preview

By Noel R. Volante

As I have been devoting my space to articles and features for the Peñafrancia Fiesta 2007, and as head writer of the region’s most prestigious and most awaited pageant, allow me to give you a preview of what’s to come and expect from this year’s Miss Bicolandia search.

Let me begin with the bidding process for which we participated in last August 3 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Hall (at the city hall) of Naga. There were four bidding groups: S Events and Style, Montage, Excite, and us, the Bicol Artistic Group. S Events and Style and us are both Bikol-based while Excite and Montage are both based in Manila. After determining the order of presentation based on the order of submission of sealed bids, each group was given an hour to present their concepts, including proposed host(s) and celebrities who would add color to the pageant. For our group, being the teacher (and also an event organizer and resident emcee/spokesperson of Nagaland E-Mall), I was tasked to do the presentation. Then it was followed by some clarificatory questions from the council members. We left after our turn and I heard the session ended up almost late in the afternoon with the committee having to deliberate on the merits of all the bidders and their presentations. The announcement was postponed until after Monday, August 6; with the help of the press.

I am with the team of Bikol region’s most seasoned pageant and production (show) organizer who is also a choreographer, director, talent coordinator and line producer, all rolled into one individual by the name of Macario “Macky” Barachina. When I was still in high school, (that’s not so long ago, hehe) Macky was my choreographer in folkdance, director of Miss United Nations search, etc. So you get an idea of how young “Tita Macky” is, as he is fondly called by friends and associates. Not to mention his stints in Cebu and Brunei, Macky has worked with almost every artist in Naga, Camarines Sur, and the entire Bikol region; from singers to dancers, to choirs and bands; to even organizing an entire contingent of street dancers from municipalities, cities and provinces as entries to various festivals. He has choreographed every kind of choir whose members vary from priests to policemen, to doctors and students of all ages. Even some top local entrepreneurs and heads of offices call him “Teacher Macky.”

Incidentally, at one time there was even a rumor spreading that the initials MB or Miss Bicolandia actually refers to Macky Barachina. But of course, not everybody is happy with this joke. Anyways, this year’s theme is Promoting Bikol Culture in Harmony with Nature, courtesy of the newly-organized (which is necessary after the May 2007 elections) Naga City Beauty Pageant Council headed by the newly-elected city councilor, the foremost Bikolana and environment advocate, wife of former Congressman Cho Roco, Mrs. Bernadette F. Roco. Before her election into public office, Ma’am Badette and her group were called the ladies in green. But after the congressman’s second failed bid for a seat in the house, he is now said to be the “man in green” as he attends to their farm in Pacol.

This year’s bidding committee was composed of Councilor Roco as Chair, Councilors Salvador Del Castillo and Nathan Sergio, Mr. Jun Mongoso of the Metro PESO, Bikolandia’s fashion guru Mr. Junn Roa, and Mr. Joe Perez, and one representative from the Naga City Peoples’ Council.

After hearing the news that we got the award as this year’s production outfit, Macky and I wasted no time in preparing and doing all the documents needed for the pageant, as well as assembling all the creative and technical people who could help us mount the production and pageant. We were then joined later by another local choreographer-director, my friend and batchmate in elementary, Rommel Sto. Domingo.

By the time this article would be printed, the news could already be out on who made it to the 20 Official candidates whose selection will be done in time for the deadline for this paper. And I cannot hold the printing until Saturday evening of August 26 because press work has already started. I promise in my next few columns, I will be giving you a feature of the 20 official candidates with their pictures. Let it also be a way of promoting this year’s pageant.

So for a preview, let me just tell you that for 2007, and as I have initially mentioned above, it will be a fusion of culture and nature. For our presentation, we put it as: festivals, flora, and fauna. As a way of creative treatment, expect music, dances, wardrobes, attires and costumes in festival flavors. There will also be some visuals and spiels about species that are endemic to Bikol region. Sets, backdrops, sceneries and props will also be in “culture meets nature” theme. Even in the talent competition, candidates and their talent scouts will be advised to pattern after or cater to Bikol culture and environment. The gown competition would come in two forms: one for the candidates’ carriage; and two, for the design observing the annual theme dictated by the organizers. This part of the pageant, which comes out with the Best Designer’s Award, is a most-awaited one for local designers and couturiers. It is to be noted that some of these creative people, especially the young and budding ones, would even collaborate to put up the best design and execution for a gown. Designers are advised to focus on the Filipiniana Terno but using indigenous materials that showcase and promote Bikol from the hardshell of pili, to the ragiwdiws and all.

In one of the council meetings, there was a discussion on the language to be used during the pageant’s various activities, including and most specially the final pageant and coronation night. Discussion centered on whether to use Bikol and English only, and no translation or use of Tagalog as a “fallback language”. This still has to be resolved as the pageant days draw near.

Tentatively, the schedule of activities are: Screening and selection of 20 Official Candidates – August 25, 4:00 pm at the Naga City Civic Center; Tree Planting – August 26, 5:00 pm at the Triangulo/CBD 2 area; Press and Media Presentation – September 8, 4:00 pm at Mariners’ Polytechnic College (Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur); Charity Day – September 9, 10:00 am at LCC Mall; Talent Competition – September 10, 4:00 pm at LCC Mall; Motorcade with Manila-based Celebrities and Mall Tour at Nagaland E-Mall – September 12, 9:00 am; and the Final Pageant and Coronation Night – September 12, 9:00 pm at the University of Nueva Caceres Sports Palace. In the morning of September 13, the top five winners are expected to join the Civic Parade.

On a personal note, it is nice to be again behind one of the most awaited pageants in the region. The last time Macky and I were involved with this search was in 2002 and 2003.

Allow me to leave you with this first and let me just fill in the blanks in my succeeding articles. Enjoy the search and show for now. Have fun this fiesta.

Source: http://voxbikol.net/index.php?option=view_view&catid=&viewid=90

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Miss Bicolandia 2007 Preliminaries

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20 official candidates named

NAGA CITY -- Twenty beautiful ladies, out of 30 qualified applicants, representing their respective provinces and cities in Bicol were finally named as the official candidates to the region’s biggest and most prestigious beauty pageant – the Search for Miss Bicolandia 2007.

Selection and public presentation of the 20 finalists who walked the ramp in their stunning swimsuits were conducted at the poolside of Naga City Civic Center soon after a heavy downpour that started in the morning soon stopped at about 3:30 in the afternoon last Saturday, Aug. 25.

Of the 20 finalists, 7 came from Camarines Sur, 4 from Albay, 3 from Naga City, 2 each from Masbate and iriga City, and one each from Catanduanes and Camarines Norte.

The 20 successful finalists and official candidates to the 2007 Miss Bicolandia Beauty pageant are: Aiza Miraflor, 19, of Tabaco, Albay; Hazel A. Perez, 17, of Naga City, Reisha O. Constantino, 20, of Guinobatan, Albay; Lovelle SM. Buenaventura, 19, of Camaligan, CamSur; Rachelle January M. Ayao, 21, of Pamplona, CamSur;

Ariane Natalie M. Lim, 21, of Canaman, CamSur; Kristine Anne G. Brillante, 20, of Catanduanes; Michelle C. Lanuza, 17, of Sta. Elena, CamNorte; Windena Zaragosa, 20, of Naga City; Lorencia Mae Bueta, 19, of Masbate City; Tabetha Jo O. Frick, 17, of Pasacao, CamSur; Maria Venus B. Raj, 19, of Bato, CamSur; Linda S. Backlund, 17, of Iriga City; Shecill Bhertie S. Bagaporo, 17, of Iriga City;

Mary France D. Diaz, 21, of Canaman, CamSur; Princess D. Armillos, 18, of Nabua, CamSur; Kristina A. Alpapara, 20, of Polangui, Albay; Glecy Mica Manlangit, 19, of Masbate; Haven Marie Angelique, 20, of Naga City; and Lea S. Pillarda, 20, of Libon, Albay.

City Councilor Bernadette F. Roco, chair of the Naga City Beauty Pageant Council which manages the annual Mis Bicolandia search, said coronation night will be held in the evening of September 12 at the UNC Sports Palace with Manila celebrities as hosts and featured guest performers.

This year’s pre-selection and screening was chaired by former Naga City Councilor Dr. Sonny Ranola as chair, with the following as members: Amy Villafuerte, Farah Bongat, Sol Gusayco-Dy, Nicolas Beda Priela, Maribel Tan, and Atty. Angel Ojastro.

Source: http://www.naga.gov.ph/journal2/?module=popup&page=2&id=1333

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20 official candidates for Miss Bicolandia 2007 chosen

OF the 44 recruited by the Search Committee of the Naga City Beauty Pageant Council, 29 qualified of which number 20 were proclaimed official candidates in the Search for Miss Bicolandia 2007 in last Saturday’s screening at the poolside of the City Youth Center at 4:00 in the afternoon.

Caption: Pretty ladies all in a row. The Naga City Pageant Council last August 25, 2007 presented the 20 official candidates who will vie for the crown during the Miss Bicolandia Beauty Pageant on September 12, 2007 at the UNC Sports Palace.

The 20: Haven Marie Angelique P. Yuboco, 20 years old, 5’5”, of Naga City, a BS Nursing graduate; Kristine Anne G. Brillante, 20 years old, 5’6 ½”, of Catanduanes, a BS Nursing graduate; Rachelle January M. Ayao, 21 years old, 5’4 ¾”, of Pamplona, Camarines Sur, a BS Nursing graduate; Hazel A. Perez, 17 years old, 5’ 4 ½”, of Naga City an AB Dev. Com student; Reisha O. Constantino, 20 years old, 5’ 4”, of Guinobatan, Albay, a 4th year BS Nursing student;

Windena Zaragoza, 20 years old, 5’ 8”, of Naga City, a B.S. Tourism graduate; Mary France D. Diaz, 21 years old, 5’ 6”, of Canaman, Camarines Sur, a BS Nursing graduate; Lovelle SM. Buenaventura, 19 years old, 5’ 4”, of Camaligan, Camarines Sur, a BSBA Banking and Finance student; Michelle Lanuza, 17 years old, 5’ 6”, of Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte, a B.S. Communication student; Glecy Mica Manlangit, 19 years old, 5’ 5”, of Masbate, a BS Nursing student;

Linda S. Bucklund, 17 years old, 5’ 6”, of Iriga City, a 4th year High School student; Lea S. Pillarda, 20 years old. 5’ 4 ½”, of Libon, Albay, a BSBA graduate; Arianne Natalie M. Lim, 21 years old, 5’ 5 ½”, of Canaman, Camarines Sur, a BSSEducation graduate; Aiza Miraflor, 19 years old, 5’ 4”, of Tabaco, Albay, a B.S. Biology student; Shecill Bhertie S. Bagaporo, 17 years old, 5’ 5”, of Iriga City, a B.S. Nursing student.

Tabetha Jo O. Frick, 17 years old, 5’ 10”, of Pasacao, Camarines Sur, a High School graduate; Maria Venus B. Raj, 19 years old, 5’ 9”, of Bato, Camarines Sur, a BCA Journalism student; Lorencia Mae Bueta, 19 years old, 5’ `11”, of Masbate City, a 3rd year BS Accountancy student; Princess D. Amarillos, 18 years old, of Nabua, Camarines Sur, a B.S. Nursing student; and Kristina V. Alpapara, 20 years old, 5’ 4 ½”, of Polangui, Albay, a B.S. Nursing graduate.

Whoever of these 20 will be chosen Miss Bicolandia 2007 will be crowned on September 12, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. after a talent competition presentation on September 10, 2007 and a closed-door and pre-judging of the candidates for the swimsuit and gown competitions on September 12, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

The search this year has undertones of environmental care and local culture. A tree planting activity was held Sunday afternoon after an immersion session on the environment and on Bikol history. At stake are the titles: Miss Bicolandia 2007 (Burakan nin Bikol 2007); First Runner-Up (Enot na Dawani nin Bikol); Second Runner-UP (Ika-Duwang Dawani nin Bikol); Third Runner-Up (Ikatolong Dawani nin Bikol); Fourth Runner-Up (Ika-Apat na Dawani nin Bikol).

Special awards include: Miss Talent (Dawani nin Tadong); Miss Photogenic (Dawani nin Kaangayan); Miss Friendship (Dawani nin Katotod); Mutya ng Kalikasan (Dawani nin Kalidongan); Best in Gown (Orog Karahay sa Sayong); Best in Production Attire (Orog Karahay sa Paghablon); Best in Swimsuit (Orog Karahay sa Swimsuit); Best in Designer (Orog Karahay sa Paghowad).

Way back in the `30s the title was given to one who had raised the biggest number of votes. It was only in the last decade of this century that the title-holder of the search was one of beauty and talent. (tpna)

Source: http://www.bicolmail.com/issue/2007/august30/mbicolandia.html

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Miss Bicolandia 2007 Official Candidates

  1. Aiza Miraflor
    19, Tabaco City
  2. Hazel A. Perez
    17, Naga City
  3. Reisha O. Constantino
    20, Guinobatan, Albay
  4. Lovelle SM. Buenaventura
    19, Camaligan, Camarines Sur
  5. Rachelle January M. Ayao
    21, Pamplona, Camarines Sur
  6. Ariane Natalie M. Lim
    21, Canaman, Camarines Sur
  7. Kristine Anne G. Brillante
    20, Catanduanes
  8. Michelle C. Lanuza
    17, Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte
  9. Windena Zaragosa
    20, Naga City
  10. Lorencia Mae Bueta
    19, Masbate City
  11. Tabetha Jo O. Frick
    17, Pasacao, Camarines Sur
  12. Maria Venus B. Raj
    19, Bato, Camarines Sur
  13. Linda S. Backlund
    17, Iriga City
  14. Shecill Bhertie S. Bagaporo
    17, Iriga City
  15. Mary France D. Diaz
    21, Canaman, Camarines Sur
  16. Princess D. Armillos
    18, Nabua, Camarines Sur
  17. Kristina A. Alpapara
    20, Polangui, Albay
  18. Glecy Mica Manlangit
    19, Masbate
  19. Haven Marie Angelique
    20, Naga City
  20. Lea S. Pillarda
    20, Libon, Albay

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Identity Crisis

Barely had the ink dried in the score sheets of the Search for Miss Bicolandia that chose the 20 official candidates last Saturday afternoon, when protests as to the identity of those who qualified to be screened came up.

Some questioned the qualifications of the candidates. Others asked, “Who is a Bikolano?”

These are valid and ringing questions that time and again hound the organizers of the search for Miss Bicolandia or any organization for that matter that sponsors a search for the best of the gentlemen or ladies of Bikolandia.

But not all beauty or brawn searches have the same criteria. One differs from the others. One may have a very strict definition of who a Bikolano is. Some others may have extended the definition to include some not included in other definitions. In joining a brawn or beauty search, the talent scouts must see to it that their candidates strictly meet the sought after qualifications. The criteria in any given search have been thought of and thought of again, discussed and discussed again until they are summed up in a statement that is passed on to the talent scouts.

In the Search for Miss Bicolandia 2007, the candidate must be a Bikolana by blood or by birth. A Bikolana by blood is defined as one whose “either of the parents or both parents are Bikolanos” even if at present the applicant-candidate is not a resident of the Bikol region. A Bikolana by birth is one whose “parents are not Bikolanos but the applicant-candidate was born in the Bikol region even if she is not a resident of the Bikol region.”

The Beauty Pageant Council of Naga City expected some objections or attempts to bend the rules, indeed, there were. But rules must be rules. They were not made to be broken if only to accommodate the most beautiful women in the universe, like Mona Lisa or Elizabeth Taylor or even Francine Prieto.

Even if one has resided in Naga City for years and years but both her parents are not Bikolanos and she was born outside the Bikol region — even if she has won a string of top beauty contest titles — even if she considers herself a Bikolana and takes pride in being called a Bikolana since she has learned to care for Bikol and so loved the language that she could speak it more fluently than any of the councilors of the Sanggunian Panlungsod of Naga —she has to be disqualified. Other beauty contest organizers may have included an applicant inclination or residence as basis for qualification, but the Beauty Pageant Council of Naga has its own set of criteria that makes it different from other beauty and talent searches.

One’s sense of belongingness or one’s preferences are not the ones at stake here. It is one’s birth or one’s bloodline.

The criteria set forth by the Beauty Pageant Council of Naga are not meant to spawn an identity crisis. They are meant to refine the standard of the beauty and talent search based on — as other nations would do in determining a person’s identity and citizenship — birth or blood.

Those whose expectations have not been met this year may make representations before the Beauty Pageant council of Naga and share with the Council a piece of their mind. Who knows their feedback may prompt the Council to explore other areas and discover gems of interest they have not as yet come across.

Source: http://www.bicolmail.com/issue/2007/august30/editorial.html

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