The town of Bontoc, Southern Leyte is once again celebrating its annual Town Fiesta. One of the most highly anticipated event for this year is the search for the Miss Bontoc Tourism 2011 that showcases the town’s local beauties. This year ten lovely candidates vied for the crown, one of them is my friend and heavy favorite Ms. Shara Jane Tibon, the sole bet for barangay Poblacion. The pageant was held last Wednesday, 12th of January, at the Bontoc Municipal Covered Court. Below are the photos of the candidates.
The event is sponsored and organized by the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU), headed by Mr. Resty Milagroso CPA, who is also the Chairman of Search Committee, with Federation members Mr. Jourdan Tantoy and the rest of the gang. Bohol based fashion designer and talent manager Mr. Rhigel Vir Dulfo also co-produced to add much needed spice for the occasion.
The biggest highlight of the event howevever belonged to the panel of judges composing of ramp and commercial models Leo Miranda, Renzie Ongkiko and Ervin David, actor Kris Martin, and multi-awarded Boholana beauty queen Ms. Mary Lovely Ligones.
The event kicked-off with the candidates’ dazzling production number with their lingerie dress outfits. Lovely. Then followed right away by preliminary Q&A portions, which was quite less desirable when some of the candidates forgot their answers. Stage fright. Then came everybody’s favorite part of a pageant, the swimsuit competition where the candidate ignited the whole stage with their heavenly bodies. The candidates were clad with the swimwear collection designed by Rhigel Vir Dulfo. Scorching it was. The next part was the evening gown competition round up the elimination round.
The five candidates who made it to final were candidates No. 2 Ms. Mary Ann Rey of Paku, No. 1 Baby Rizza Maputol of Hilaan, No. 6 Ms. Roien Yvonne Meole of Divisoria, No. 8 Ms. Shara Jane Tibon of Poblacion and No. 5 Naome Tomaub of Divisoria. Each of these ladies, for the final Q&A round, was asked the question: What is your stand on the issues regarding the proposed Reproductive Health Bill in the Congress? Are you a Pro or Anti-RH Bill? All of them answered against the bill. No surprise but I would have loved to hear someone in favor of the bill. It will surely make an interesting argumentation. Personally I keep asking myself why did they pick that question when this is a tourism-themed event, not a ‘separation of state and the church’ engagement?
The results for the minor awards:
Best in Production Number – Ms. Roien Yvonne Meole
Ms. Silka – Ms. Shara Jane Tibon (will represent in Ms. Silka Leyte)
Ms. Photogenic – Ms. Baby Rizza Maputol
Ms. X Factor – Ms. Shara Jane Tibon
Best in Swimsuit – Ms. Shara Jane Tibon
Best in Evening Gown – Ms. Baby Rizza Maputol
Darling of the Crowd Award – Ms. Shara Jane Tibon
The 18 year-old fighting pride of Poblacion Miss Shara Jane Tibon was crowned as the runaway winner for the title. The second year BS Accountancy student in Univ. of San Carlos also bagged four out of seven minor awards for a total domination from start to finish. The first runner-up went to the fifteen year-old Divisoria National High School student Miss Roien Yvonne Meole. And Miss Baby Rizza Maputol, a 16 year-old Secondary Education freshmen in SLSU-Tomas Oppus grabbed the second runner-up honor.
It was a wild and fantastic night for a beauty pageant where the crowd cheered so wildly to the judges, excuse me, the hunk judges than to the candidates. There’s no doubt it was a very entertaining evening for Bontoc where beauty stands out and admired, and where pageant-ignorant people like me (I’m a naturalist when it comes to female beauty) attended just to see some models. Special thanks to all the sponsors and organizers who made the event possible. To all the candidates congratulations for a good effort in participating you were all beautiful that night (and please don’t wear too much make-up).
And to Shara congratulations! We are all proud of you and thank you for honoring our deal we made the day prior to the pageant to have this shot. hahaha