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
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)