In this entry are some official photos from the Miss Kuyamis 2022 Swimsuit Competition held yesterday at Amaya View.
Congratulations to a successful pre-pageant event. Miss Kuyamis is clearly one of the most well-organized provincial pageants in the Philippines. And kudos to Jimema Tempra of Jasaan (left photo) for being declared #BestInSwimsuit.
The presence of Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano made everything more special, just as the esteemed panel of judges that included Miss Intercontinental Cindy Obeñita, Binibini Araneta City Francesca Taruc, former Mr International Philippines Gil Wagas, Designer Odelon Simpao and PCOL Ranel Valones of the Misamis Oriental PPO.
Aside from the reigning titleholder Dannah Tempra, four of the former winners were also in attendance – Chella Falconer, Isobel Teano, Ana Monica Tan and Berjayneth Chee – all placers in their respective national pageants. Provincial Tourism Officer Atty Jeffrey Saclot was around to make sure that the entire proceedings went as smoothly as possible.
Looking forward to the official swimsuit photos of the ladies, as well as the Finals on January 13 which will be hosted by actor Marco Gumabao.
Hers is a story that can only be aptly described as “magical”.
With practically all the elements of the well-loved fiction – save the presence of the wicked stepmother and stepsisters – she was crowned at almost half past midnight (Egypt time) and had her Prince Charming in the audience incessantly cheering her on.
By no means is this parallel to that “life is stranger than fiction” line. Instead, the beautiful inspirations are all there;
1. Her name says it all – “Cinderella”.
2. Truth be told, she almost did not win the national crown if not for the wildcard opportunity that allowed her to shine on her own merits. The glass shoes really fit.
3. She has not one but two Fairy Godmothers. The first one is Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta of BPCI. And the second one is Atty Jeffrey Saclot (her direct boss at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Tourism Office) who made sure that her journey to Egypt was smooth and problem-free.
4. She has a team of friends who stayed with her all the way through. Call them a glam team or the footmen and coachman. But they supported all her needs from start to finish – Michael Villamor, Odelon Simpao and Maja Blanka.
5. She has her real-life Prince Charming – Henri Lopez – who stood by her, rallied everyone and claimed the crown as early as the day she won BbPilipinas.
This is such a wonderfully victorious journey for Cinderella Faye Obeñita whose success in pageantry is written in the stars. It does not happen to everyone. But then again, she has Lady Luck by her side and worked hard to achieve the win.
Mabuhay ka, Cindy!
Miss Intercontinental 2021 Cinderella Faye “Cindy” Obeñita as photographed by Raymond Saldaña
When Provincial Pageants start taking on national feels, it only means that they are prepared to stage beauty competitions that approximate, if not surpass, national counterparts. There are actually many key areas in the Philippines that have already shown that they can do it.
Miss Kuyamis of the Province of Misamis Oriental is one such effort. What started out as a sub-event of the annual Kuyamis Festival five years ago has now become a grand celebration of ExploreMisOr’s Beauty and Tourism thrusts.
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The concept was fantastic, with the giant palm branch fanned around their glistening bodies and the crystal blue water framing the entire image.
The ladies were able to convert themselves into modern versions of bombshells this side of Misamis Oriental. Even amidst the heat and discomfort of the sweltering sun, the official swimsuit photos of Phillip Vallespin brought out the best in each one of the Miss Kuyamis 2021 contenders.
A shuffle was in order. Here now are my eight (8) favorites for the second round:
#Sugbongcogon Katheryn Guipetacio
#Talisayan Anna Grace Alturas
#Gitagum Alyssa Marie Cordova
#Lagonglong Jaimee Hana Padilla
#Naawan Princess Nicole Segundo
#Alubijid Mitch Andrea Fuentes
#Jasaan Dannah Joy Tempra
#ElSalvadorCity Ife Mae Abasula
Who are yours?
Prod Head: Atty. Jeffrey Caudor Saclot
Shoot Director: Dennis N. Almazan
Swimwear Designer: Mark Christopher Yaranon
#ExploreMISORMore Explore MisOr
A pageant empire is steadily rising down south in the country’s gateway to Mindanao. And the successful partnership of Governor Bambi Emano and #ExploreMisOr Head Atty. Jeffrey Saclot is proving that it can be done with unstinting leadership, hardwork and credibility.
From the reigning Miss Kuyamis 2020 Isobel Teaño of Opol – an #EcoAngel of MPE2020 in her own right – to last year’s Chella Grace Falconer of Medina who took part in Miss Millennial Philippines (and now Miss Bikini Philippines), from 2018’s Ana Monica Tan of Tagoloan who stepped up to the nationals and was crowned Miss Philippines Earth Air and Berjayneth Chee of Balingasag who also reigned as the Elemental Queen of Water back in 2017 – this quartet of beautiful Misamisnons shows the rest of the Philippines why Misamis Oriental is a province of both natural and feminine wonders.
Who will join their sorority and become #MissKuyamis 2021? Find out on January 7, 2021!
Photo by Abel Matthew
Gowns by Juniel Doring
Crown by Mark Anthony Tenchavez
Hai & Make-Up by Charmelle Ybanez Rivera, Kim Lauchengco Llido & Branky Vacalares
#MissKuyamis2021 #8thKuyamisFestival #TurismoMisOr #ExploreMisOr
I will endeavor to give the less talked-about ladies their share of the spotlight in this blog. On my FB and IG social media accounts, I have already given a lot of them adequate exposure.
So let’s begin with this lovely phenomenal woman representing Misamis Oriental. Caroline Veronilla is a Magna cum Laude graduate of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan with a degree in Development Communication major in Development Journalism last 2015. She was also recipient of the Dux Gregis Award for Sowing Young Leaders for Service during Magis Awards 2015.
A staunch advocate of World Vision Philippines where she is a Donor Education Specialist, Caroline has always had children’s welfare in the core of her charitable activities. In fact during this quarantine period, she was able to organize a fund-raiser to help provide school materials to more than twenty children in World Vision Communities.
“…Our simple gifts will definitely inspire them to value their education and persevere in school. I am also hopeful that by supporting children, we can increase youth participation and engagement in local, national, and global levels – a factor crucial in ensuring that programs and processes are inclusive and appropriate for young people.”
“As I continue to serve vulnerable children, I hold on to the idea that their stories need to be heard so they can have the opportunity to make their dreams come true. I vow to use my platform to encourage meaningful storytelling and conversations that will bring us to work together for their benefit…”
Caroline is also actively promoting the latest tourism campaign of her province called #ExploreMisOrMore where she focuses on one beautiful local destination at a time to familiarize people on what they can experience and explore in the place.
Caroline with the Tourism Officer of Misamis Oriental, Atty Jeffrey Saclot (center) and the other beauty queens of the province.
“The Provincial Tourism Office of Misamis Oriental recently launched it’s newest tourism campaign entitled, EXPLORE MISOR MORE! This is also very timely as the province celebrates Tourism Week. If you wish to see more updates and information regarding the tourism of Misamis Oriental, go check out our website at http://www.exploremisor.com.ph! Bahalag di pa ta kalaag karon, at least we can still experience the beauty of our province online.”
With Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano
Watch her guesting on “Pambansang Almusal” below.
Chella with AsNTM winner Maureen Wroblewitz
During last week’s finals of Miss Kuyamis 2019 at the Tagoloan Dome in Misamis Oriental, a 19 year-old beauty from the Municipality of Medina outclassed nineteen (19) other contenders to be the best in the annual pageant that celebrates the beauty, tourism and culture of the Northern Mindanao province. Her name is Chella Grace Falconer.
The Miss Kuyamis 2019 winners with Provincial Tourism Officer Atty Jeffrey Saclot (leftmost)
Chella is no pageant newbie. In fact, she already took part in Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 where she placed in the Top 10. She was only 17 back then. This time around, she returned with an entirely polished version of herself to be the unanimous choice of the judges to win the Miss Kuyamis title and become the representative of Misamis Oriental in the national competition of either Miss Millennial Philippines 2019 or Miss Earth Philippines 2019.
I love it that provincial pageants have already managed to keep pace with the production of their national counterparts. And with the leadership of Governor Bambi Emano and Provincial Tourism Officer Atty Jeffrey Saclot, the finals was a big success. It was mounted seamlessly under the direction of Dennis Almazan, with Celebrity Designer Bea Bianca providing the swimwear and evening gowns of the ladies. A tribute was also given to two of their successful homegrown achievers – Miss Earth Philippines Water 2018 Berjayneth Chee and Miss Millennial Philippines 2018 1st Runner-Up Danna Rose Socaoco.
Watch out for more of Chella this year as she prepares herself for the even bigger challenge of winning in the national level and bringing more pride to the entire MisOr.
Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano with the Miss Kuyamis 2019 winners (Photo credit: Glenn Palacio)
From the minute the plane landed in Laguindingan Airport, the entire Province of Misamis Oriental rolled out the red carpet to the visiting beauties of Miss Earth Philippines 2018 along with Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco, Miss Earth Philippines Fire 2017 Ella Bautista and Carousel Productions’ VP Peachy Veneracion. Your blogger was given a special invitation to be part of the delegation and I must say that the Provincial Tourism Department of MisOr made sure that each activity was an exciting one, while actively promoting the tourism efforts started by its beloved and indefatigable Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano.
After checkin at Appletree Resort and Hotel in Opol, a lovely dinner was hosted at the plush Ultrawinds Mountain Resort on the first night, then it was off to a morning radio guesting with the Governor for Lambo Misamis Oriental, a fashion show (featuring the Summer Collection of Designer Bea Bianca) and travel magazine launch at the Centrio Mall, Press Conference with the Misamis Oriental members of the media, speedboat rides to breathtaking Agutayan White Island, a trek to Sagpulon Falls, a peek into the Sailfin Lizard Farm in Jasaan, a promotional appearance at the Misamis Oriental Farmers Market and a Meet-and-Greet with all the Provincial Capitol heads and employees. To cap off everything, a sumptuous dinner buffet at Panagatan Restaurant was served before boarding a late flight out of Laguindingan last night.
Thank you once more to Governor Bambi Emano and Tourism Officer Atty. Jeffrey Saclot for the continuously warm hospitality given to everyone.
The fourteen Miss Earth Philippines 2018 delegates who were part of the visit are Theressa Martinez of Fil-Queensland, Naomie White of Fil-Sydney, Brazzirie Yanson of Fil-Vienna, Lea Macapagal of Dinalupihan Bataan, Jean de Jesus of San Rafael Bulacan, Joana Dalangin of Lipa City, Marjorie Vista of Malinao Albay, Analea Rabe of Sta. Cruz Marinduque, Zahra Saldua of Las Piñas City, Ronelie Pador of Kalibo Aklan, Ann Palmares of Passi City, We’Am Ahmed of Davao City, Berjayneth Chee of Balingasag MisOr and Joanna Krystel Cabrezos of Zamboanga City.
Photo credit: Glenn Palacio