The days coming after the grand welcome of the Year of the Dragon all the way to this small town’s annual fiesta has been a messy unseasonal downpour of rain. But the wetness of the ground and generally gloomy atmosphere can’t stop the residents of Bontoc, a little town in the province of Southern Leyte, from celebrating its most colourful time of year. Once again, the town fiesta’s highlight is this year’s search for the next Miss Bontoc 2011; last year’s pageant was a grand spectacle setting a high bar for organizers to duplicate and for the people to anticipate and look forward to.
This year’s beauty pageant was held last January 12, 2012 at the Bontoc Multi Purpose Covered Court – of course, under the charming downpour of the rain. From last year’s 10 candidates the numbers grew to a dozen lovely teenagers coming from the different sectors of the town. The heavy favourite for the crown was Miss Vanda Dayagbil, my youngest brother’s love-team/special someone whose mother is a co-teacher of my parents at Bontoc Central School.
# 1 – CRISTEL ALBARICO – RIVERSIDE AREA
# 2 – ANIELA VALDEZ – RELIGIOUS SECTOR
# 3 – MADEL ROSE REMONDE – SLSU
# 4 – IRIS THERESA MAKILANG – YOUTH SECTOR
# 5 – JECIE BASLOT – FARMERS SECTOR
# 6 – HERMA FLOR GALLEON – HIGHLANDER AREA
# 7 – JULIET CABATUAN – FIHERFOLKS SECTOR
# 8 – AILYN SANCHES – BUSINESS AND PROFESSION SECTOR
# 9 – VANDA CHARISSA DAYGBIL – DEPED
# 10 – KRIZIA REYGEEN ORTIZ – COASTAL AREA
#11 – WYNETH JO CARBONILLA – OFW SECTOR
# 12 – EUNICE MONTERA – WOMENS SECTOR\
The event kicked-off with a smoking production number from the candidates. But the event’s main attraction should come from the hottest portion – the swimsuit competition. The lovely candidates heat up the stage with their curves wearing floral designed bathing suits. But that part was a turn-off, well at least for me as someone who works in Boracay and is currently mesmerized by the Victoria’s Secret fashions shows. I mean may nagsusuot pa ba ng bathing suit? It’s a weird choice for the organizers especially that floral design, when the pageant is very well taking place at night, but you’ve got to love the candidates having a great time out there. And Elegance shines supreme with the ladies on their evening gown after the preliminary questions and a series of intermission numbers.
Here’s the official results for the minor awards:
Miss Silka Flawless Skin – AILYN SANCHES
Miss Juicy Cologne – ANIELA VALDEZ
Miss Sun Cellular Magic Zone – AILYN SANCHES
Best in Production Number – VANDA CHARISSA DAYGBIL
Miss Friendship – WYNETH JO CARBONILLA
Best in Swimsuit – VANDA CHARISSA DAYGBIL
Miss Photogenic – KRIZIA REYGEEN ORTIZ
Best in Evening Gown – – VANDA CHARISSA DAYGBIL
The five candidates who advanced to the final round were No. 4 Miss Iris Theresa Makilang, No. 6 Miss Herma Flor Galleon, No. 3 Miss Madel Rose Remonde, No. 11 Miss Wynette Jo Carbonilla, and No. 9 Miss Vanda Dayagbil.
By the way, the judges who officiated the pageant were a bunch of lovely people from far away lands. They were Ervin David, a model/singer from Pampanga and the only returning judge from last year’s, model and La Salle student Martin Flores, German nationals Marie Tysiak and Katharina Muhmann who is currently volunteering at DTI Region Office at Tacloban City, and the chairman of the board of judges Miss Stela Maris Pacana, a model and PBB Unlimited reserve housemate from Cebu City.
Miss Vanda Charisa Dayagbil became this year’s Miss Bontoc title. The senior high school student from Southern Leyte State Univ. – Tomas Oppus campus (formerly TONC) delivered a dominating performance from start to finish. She is the third straight title holder from the Department of Education sector. The previous two winners were Vanda’s older sister Miss Marigold Dayagbil and last year’s Miss Shara Jane Tibon. Teachers’ children really are something, yeah me too! Haha proud Kuya.
The pageant night was drenched by the heavy rain outside the venue, but it proved to be a non-factor for the success of this year’s Miss Bontoc pageant. It was a good show that entertained the people of Bontoc, though not as glamorous and spectaculars as last year’s but I have thumbs up to the ones who organized the events, the people who attended despite the weather, the sponsors and of course to the stars of the night – the twelve lovely young ladies.
To Vanding, congratulations! We are so proud of you daday!
HAPPY FIESTA BONTOC!