Early yesterday morning, the officers and candidates of Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 – along with the production, HMUA team and yours truly – boarded the bus that brought everyone to the Batangas Port en route to Puerto Galera where the Swimsuit Competition will be held later in the day at the La Laguna Villas.
National Director Cindy Pacia Madumma (with partners Athena Catriz & Andrea Delgado) led everyone to the official residence – Out of the Blue Resort – from where the order of the day was to visit different sponsoring dive clubs/centers. The ladies were warmly welcomed by both the locals and foreign tourists. A trip to the Puerto Galera Mangrove Conservation and EcoTourism Walkway made the long day more meaningful as high school students assisted the candidates in the planting of mangrove seedlings inspite of the rains that could have spoiled the activity. All of them were game, though.
After today’s preliminaries, tomorrow will be a morning dive before returning to Manila in the afternoon. Here are more photos from Day 1 of the stay.
After winning Bb. Pilipinas 2016 1st Runner-Up, Angelica Alita misses her hometown of Puerto Galera the most
You can take the girl out of the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 1st Runner-Up, but you can never take Puerto Galera out of Angelica Alita’s mind.
After placing in the Top 8 of Bb. Pilipinas 2016, Angel was immediately immersed in the world of national beauty pageant winners. She may not have a title to her name yet, but the duties and responsibilities of being 1st Runner-Up always beckons to stay in Manila more than her beloved hometown of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.
She definitely misses her family. She is particularly close to her brothers who look up to her as a role model and a loving sister rolled into one. She misses the beaches of Galera and her favorite spot near the waves and splashing water (see photo grid above). She misses the townfolks she usually bonds with. And she definitely misses the normalcy of life she used to enjoy pre-BBP days.
But Angel is serious with her placement in the pageant. And being the sweet and obedient lady that she is, there is no reason to miss the important BPCI and sponsor-related appearances here. She may not clock in 100% all the time, but her commitment to the organization is firm.
She is grateful for having close “big sisters” in Maxine Medina, Kylie Verzosa, Jennifer Hammond, Nicole Cordoves and Jehza Huelar (see photo below).
[qcaption width=”720″ id=”attachment_100530″ align=”aligncenter”] Angel (leftmost) always finds constant comfort in the company of her A&Q and Bb. Pilipinas sisters (left to right): Kylie, Maxine, Nicole, Jennifer and Jehza (Photo credit: Ces Evangelista)[/caption]
Yes, Angel misses Puerto Galera. But she will do everything that it takes not to miss the important activities as Bb. Pilipinas 2016 1st Runner-Up. 🙂
Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach loving the sun of Puerto Galera
I know it’s already June, but the scorching summer heat is still wreaking havoc on everyone’s skin and temperament. But not on our Miss Universe Philippines 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who is working on getting herself some good old natural tan. Despite the struggle, that is.
Over the weekend, Pia went to Puerto Galera for some work/photoshoot commitments. And she took the opportunity to spend the lull hours just hanging around the pool area in her green two-piece bikini, and hopefully get that much-needed color on her skin that would make her look glowing even more.
How much tan do you prefer on our Queen P? Do you want her skin glistening in a shade that would bring out more of her Filipina charm? Or do you simply prefer her being the fair lady for Miss Universe? 😉