Mutya sa Tagbilaran candidates spread cheers to the community


Series of activities rolled out for the Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2017 candidates led by its Chair, Mdme. Jane Censoria Cajes-Yap. First stop was the Feeding Program in Brgy. San Isidro were kids were treated to a sumptuous meal delivered by the candidates themselves, Brgy. Capt. Fausto Budlong was also present to show support. Next stop was the Medical Mission in Brgy. Manga where the candidates assisted in the dispensing of medicines to the patients, City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap also showed support in the activity, together with Brgy. Capt. Lheda Saco. And just recently, the candidates had a team-building activity in the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP).

With the theme, Tagbilaran City’s Millennial Beauties . . . Touching Lives . . . Breaking Barriers . . . the local pageant recognized the dramatic impact of social media, its reach which greatly influenced this generation’s culture and lifestyle. Thus, the pageant leveraged on its speed and convenience to meaningful connections in bringing change to the community. As noted writer and beauty enthusiast Raul Gatal said, “Beauty pageants have already re-invented themselves, today it is not enough that you are beautiful, you must have substance. It is not enough that you impress the judges, you must be authentic and genuine, confident with your own skin.”

The 15 lovely candidates led by Mary Antoniette Visarra from Bool, Mary Hayden Villegas from Booy, Jean Kathleen Gran from Dampas, Bianca Gaviola from Poblacion II, Mel Rose Oliverio from Taloto, Jessa Polo from San Isidro, Klea Kathrina Uy from Cogon, Sandra Jele from Manga, Mary Elaine Cimafranca from Poblacion I, Rissa Xenia Cabaluna from Cabawan, Alana Marymagne Ligue from Ubujan, Darling Jaymecca Perges from Mansasa, Ma. Dissa Mae Abucejo from Tiptip, Kathleen Claire Tupos from Poblacion III, and Mercy May Salingay from Dao also paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Edgar Chatto’s Kita ug ang Gobernador. The Bohol Media asked a few questions to the candidates. One of which was how can they use their stature to promote Tagbilaran. Mutya sa Ubujan, Alana Marymagne Ligue said that her exposure with Finnish and Japanese graduate students who conducted a study in the City opened her eyes to the challenges that Tagbilaran is currently facing like traffic. Ligue, an Architecture student from BISU, said that she can use her skills to work on these current challenges and strengthen Tagbilaran’s stake as a tourist destination. When asked if they were forced to join the pageant, Mutya sa Dao, Mercy May Salingay said they joined the pageant on their own free will, with the end goal of using what they have to advocate something good. Then when asked about maintaining cleanliness after the fiesta celebration, Mutya sa Poblacion 1, Mary Elaine Cimafranca quoted what Gov. Chatto said that cleanliness should be a mindset. Cimafranca emphasized that cleanliness should start from within.

The girls went straight to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and introduced themselves to Vice-Governor Dionisio Balite and the Provincial Board Members. After which, the candidates went to the iconic spots in Tagbilaran for their Audio-Visual Presentation shoot.



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