Middle of last week, I took the long trip to Baler, Aurora to sit as one of the judges during the Binibining Baler 2016 finals held at the Sentro Baler last August 17. It was three days of fun and pageantry in this eastern province of Luzon that gave me the time to relax and recharge my batteries while staying at the beautiful Costa Pacifica where the organizers – headed by Designer Claiza Bihasa (Pageant Chair and Daughter of Baler Mayor Pilot Bihasa) – billeted me at one of the VIP rooms at the very scenic property.
Along with fellow judges Bb. Pilipinas Supranational and Miss Supranational 2012 3rd Runner-Up Elaine Kay Moll, Bb. Pilipinas International 2015 Janicel Lubina, Gentlemen of the Philippines-Worldwide 2015 Jolo Dayrit, PAL Express Director Leonides Pena and Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro, I helped in selecting the fairest among the thirteen contenders for Binibining Baler 2016. And we all had a grand time doing so. The crowd turnout was nothing short of amazing as the venue was literally filled to the rafters. And with hosts Marc Nash and Dian Querrer expertly navigating the whole show, the event was completed in less than three hours – not very common in provincial pageants.
Below are more photos from my stay in Baler.
Pageant Chair Claiza Bihasa promises to come up with an even more exciting edition for 2017. Baler is such a beautiful and still unspoiled tourist destination. And she would really like to catch up with the Tourism efforts of other provinces to hopefully elevate this town into a first-class municipality in a couple of years’ time. Perhaps, a commercial airport will be opened soon, followed by more establishments for visitors? Why not? 😉
P.S. Thank you for the yummy Nanay Pacing Peanut Butter and Coco Jam, organizers! 😀
courtesy of PH Resorts TV