Over the weekend, your blogger flew to Laoag in Ilocos Norte before taking a two-hour road trip to Pagudpud. The final destination was Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center to judge the finals of Mr & Miss Hannah’s Ecotourism Philippines 2017 along with coverage partner Joy Arguil and a quartet of beauty queens – Miss World Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016 Jennifer Hammond, Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2015 Glennifer Perido and NAITAS Face of Tourism 2017 Sarah Margarette Joson. At the same time, this coverage was the second official media partnership of normannorman.com and Sash Factor (Mister Philippines 2017 being the first).
Such beautiful and warm hosts the people at Hannah’s are. With Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr (Ret) and Ronald Dominguez always around to make all the guests feel relaxed and welcome, it felt more like a vacation than work. The preliminary and finals night judging of the competition was very engaging to say the least.
After assessing all twenty-four candidates (12 males, 12 females), the winners were unanimously chosen with Richard Angelo Adarlo of Batangas City and Mikaela Mendez of Tanza, Cavite coming out on top. Closely following them are Atenean Pre-Med Graduate Leo Lofranco and Aces&Queens-trained Charmaine Aller. Completing the magic circle are Peter Seda of Cebu and April Alegre from Davao.
Quite amusingly, the male division was almost a tie from start to finish – a very close fight between the top two finishers where the final Q&A was needed to finally break the deadlock. And the margin was so slim even after Richard and Leo battled it out for the #1 spot with their respective smarts.
Everyone stayed at the newly-appointed Premium Suites of Hannah’s Beach Resort, with the sparkling blue waters of Pagudpud are just a stone’s throw away. Hopefully, all of us will be back complete in 2018!