Miss Bicolandia 2004; Iriga, Legazpi maidens dominate preliminaries

TALL, pretty, articulate.

These were the three magic words that best described the candidates for the 2004 Search for Miss Bicolandia. Especially the last, which helped the board of judges, chaired by presidential son, Dato Macapagal-Arroyo, pick out the 20 official candidates during the pre-selection and preliminary screening held Saturday, August 21, at the poolside of the Naga City Civic Center here.

City Councilor Nene de Asis, chair of the 2004 Miss Bicolandia Beauty Pageant, said 38 maidens enlisted for the search, but 7 of them failed to meet the 5’3 minimum height requirement.

Thirty-one made it to the ramp at the poolside that Saturday afternoon where 20 of the fairest were closely chosen to officially vie for the coveted title. Pageant night and final selection will be held September 15 at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel auditorium with movie stars Dindong Dantes and Geoff Eigenmann as hosts.

This year’s Miss Bicolandia stands to receive P100,000 cash prize plus trophy and sash. Her 1st runner-up will be richer by P50,000.

Lucky 20
At about 5:30 p.m., Joe Perez of the Naga City Visitors Center, announced before the mesmerized audience the judges’ final list of the top 20 candidates:

Kharen R. Llenares, 17 years old, of Daraga, Albay;
Ana Katrina G. Crook, 18, of Iriga City;
Seniza C. Garchitorena, 20, of Naga City;
Marie Jennifer, 18, of Legazpi City;
Marie Anne Malapo, 19, of Iriga City;
Maria Sarah C. Gacer, 19, of Tiwi, Albay;
Rose R. Contemplacion, 17, of Bula, Camarines Sur;
Conner B. Capa, 21, of Libon, Albay;
Hannah C. Miguel, 17, of Libmanan, Camarines Sur;
Hanika B. Mirza, 21, of Legazpi City;
Monica D. Sandico, 17, of Legazpi City;
Aizza Francesca V. Briñas, 19, of Iriga City;
Mary Joy Adiova, 22, of Iriga City;
Lanelle Chirmaine Quirona, 19, of Daraga, Albay;
Maria Theresa V. Brizuela, 18, of Pili, Camarines Sur;
Maria Niña B. Dacoco, 18, of Tiwi, Albay;
Mayjel C. Magdaong, 20, Daraga, Albay;
Zayin Grace D. Fazonela, 20, of Daet, Camarines Norte;
Nonette E. Abion, 21, of Iriga City; and
Arianne M. Veneracion, 19, of Daraga, Albay.

Iriga City took away with the biggest number of qualifying candidates with 5, followed by Daraga, Albay with 4, while Legazpi City contributed 3.

Naga City had only one qualifier, along with Tabaco City, Tiwi, and Libon in Albay, Bula, Libmanan and Pili in Camarines Sur, and Daet in Camarines Norte which have one qualifying candidate each.

The tallest candidate, Aizza Francesca Briñas of Iriga City, stands at 5’9 ¼.

The youngest were aged 17, the minimum age requirement, while the oldest is 22 years.

Board of Judges
The board of judges, aside from Dato Macapagal-Arroyo, was composed of former Congressman and DepEd Undersecretary James Jacob, MMCI President Nicolas Beda Priela, Arch. Mirabel Tan of Naga Regent Hotel, Dr. Renato Rañola, Ms. Soledad Dy of Sandis, Ms. April Avila, and Mr. Edilberto Salvador. Meanwhile, Councilor de Asis said that all the 20 official candidates will be billeted at the Naga City Civic Center effective Sept. 11 until the pageant night on Sept. 15.

The Talent and Gown Competition will be held Sept. 13 at the LCC Central Mall.

This year’s search is being produced and presented by the Rising Sun Productions, a local production outfit chaired by Ms. Emily Bichara with Rommel Sto. Domingo providing the artistic and technical supervision and direction.

Source: http://www.bicolmail.com/issue/august26/mb2004.html

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