Archive for the ‘Mutya ng Ibalong’ Category

Mutya ng Ibalong: Are Daraguenas the fairest of them all?

November 4, 2008

LEGAZPI CITY- It’s all happening with noticeable regularity and all too familiar results. Another lass from Daraga out of the 101 towns and 7 cities in the Bicol region, emerged as this year’s Mutya ng Ibalong as candidate no. 18- Patrixia Sherly De Lumban Santos stamped her beauty, talent and class over a field of 20 candidates to win the coveted crown. It must be remembered that in April and September this year, Miss Melody Adelheid Gerbasch, another Daraguena, won the prestigious Mutya ng Magayon and Miss Bicolandia pageants. Daraga, which is composed of 54 barangays, has retained its reputation of being the most progressive town not only in the province of Albay but in the whole of the Bicol Region. For decades it has enjoyed the air of progress, being a long time first class municipality in the province.

Patrixia pocketed the top prize of P100,000 aside from winning the Miss Photogenic and Miss Talent awards during the Coronation Night held last October 29, 2008 at the air-conditioned Albay Astrodome in Legazpi City. Candidate no. 15- Dianne Samar Necio from Polangui, Albay was the first runner-up and won P75,000 aside from being named as “Model of the Year”. Meanwhile candidate no. 8- Catherine Dominique Lagrimas of Nabua, Camarines Sur was the 2nd runner-up and came home P50,000 richer. Patrixia garnered an average score of 94.24%, Dianne got 93.34% and Catherine averaged 89.90%. Patrixia who admitted she’s an Anime fanatic is also the reigning Miss BU and won as Miss Cagsawa in the Mutya ng Daraga Pageant held last September. On the other hand, Dianne was a runner-up in the Miss Bicolandia 2007 aside from being a majorette of USANT which won the overall championship in this year’s Penafrancia Military Parade.

Candidate no. 19- Jane Riel Banares was the Best in Long Gown while candidate no. 5- April Armamento Santillan was voted as Miss Friendship and won as Best in Swimwear. Aside from the 5 aforementioned candidates, those who made it to the finals were candidate no. 7- Lizi Louise Resoles, candidate no. 13- Sarah Syed, candidate no. 16- Kelly Obligacion, candidate no.17- Ma. Rochelle Perez and candidate no. 20- Ma. Rochell Ruth Rebeta.

The pageant was different and unique in more ways than one. In a departure from the usual format, the 10 candidates who did not make it to the finals were the ones who asked the finalists the questions in the dreaded Q&A portion. Also, the mothers and guardians of the candidates became more than just background supporters as they were thrust in the limelight and were asked questions themselves by the three emcees that are stars in their own rights. Paolo Bediones is a well-known talent of Network giant GMA and hosts the popular Survivor Philippines series. Tintin Caballero was the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2002 while Jean Harn was the Miss Earth Philippines 2007.

The Pageant was truly a night to remember filled with great music. Jonathan Badon, known as the Philippine Prince of Operatic Pop sung Josh Groban’s “You raise me up” accompanied by virtuoso violin playing that seems to emanate from heaven and followed this up with Pavarotti songs sung in Italian that only artists of his caliber can deliver. Even the candidates were dancing and swaying to the beat of the music and the sizable crowd was ecstatic. The lighting was sufficient and appreciated by the photographers who were able to take magnificent images in available light. The gigantic LCD background was new and creative and beautifully complements the action onstage. We credit this to the genius and great partnership of Renee M. Salud, the Project Director and Mutya ng Ibalong Chairperson Geraldine B. Rosal who were not afraid to innovate and do what is necessary to make the Mutya ng Ibalong Pageant memorable and worthy of being considered as one of the leading pageants in the whole of Bicolandia.

The young Bicolanas of Mutya ng Ibalong 2008

October 23, 2008

As I read Dusktildawn’s interesting post showing this year’s young Mutya ng Ibalong candidates, I can’t help but be happy seeing the energy and enthusiasm of the stylish ladies on stage.

As soft as the sunrays sending warmth and sheen to the trees, the ladies are refulgent to stir gladness in the heart.

Never losing to find ways to have a bit of fun, they join a community endeavor with showmanship, grace, and remarkable optimism. In spite of the looming presence of difficulties around us, I see in their smiling radiant faces the positive outlook that all of us need. Hope, amity, along with reliance in one’s potential, is what the next generation needs. My kudos to all the beautiful women of the pageant! (Photo Credit: MlJ555) =0=

Mutya ng Ibalong 2008 Candidates Unveiled

October 23, 2008

LEGAZPI CITY- Twenty lovely and talented beauties from all over the Bicol region were presented as the official candidates of the Mutya ng Ibalong 2008 during the Press Conference held at the Venezia Hotel Clubhouse, Tuesday night. The Mutya ng Ibalong was revived after a two-year hiatus and is chaired by Mrs. Geraldine Barrameda Rosal with famed couturier Rene M. Salud as Project Director.

Overall, 6 candidates who made it were from Legazpi City, 3 from Daraga, 2 from Sorsogon City and 1 each from Naga City, Tabaco City, Masbate City, Tigaon, Nabua, Sto. Domingo, Buhi, Polangui and Guinobatan. The official candidates for the Mutya ng Ibalong 2008 are as follows:

Bessie Lucido, 21 2) Shindy Ortal, 20 3) Angela Amador, 17 4) Micah Altea Cabaero, 18 5) April Santillan, 22 6) Paula Angelica Jasareno, 18 7) Lizi Louise Resoles, 18 8) Catherine Lagrimas, 19 9) Casey Anne Austria, 16 10) May Ann Balingbing, 19 11) Crisandra Berces, 21 12) Jessica Biasca, 20 13) Sarah Syed, 19 14) Harijane Chua, 22 15)Dianne Necio, 16 16) Kelly Obligacion, 18 17) Ma. Rochelle Perez, 20 18) Patrixia Sherly Santos, 16 19) Jane Banares, 19 20) Ma. Rochell Ruth Rebeta, 18.

The winners will receive P100,000, P75,000 and P50,000 for Mutya ng Ibalong 2008, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up respectively. The Miss Photogenic, Miss Friendship, Miss Talent and the Best in Swimsuit will likewise receive P5,000 each plus trophy. The Best Bicolano Gown Designer shall receive P8,000.

The Talent Show will be on October 22, 2008 at the LCC Activity Center. The Swimsuit Competition will be on October 26 and the Gown Competition will be on October 27 at the Pacific Mall. The Pageant night will be on October 29, 7pm at the Albay Astrodome. It will be hosted by Paolo Bediones, Tintin Caballero (Mutya ng Pilipinas 2002) and Miss Jean Harn (Miss Earth Philippines 2007).

Mutya ng Ibalong Chairperson Mrs. Geraldine Rosal said that she wants to give the girls national exposure with the help of Project Director Renee Salud, a famous couturier who is also behind the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageants. She supports and shares the candidates’ aspirations to uplift their lives. She added that with the help of everybody including the media, the pageant will be successful.

Ibalong Festival Reborn

October 11, 2008

Legazpi City- The City of Legazpi promised a more colorful and exciting Ibalong Festival 2008 highlighted by the Mutya ng Ibalong Beauty pageant and the Street Presentation on October 29 and 30 respectively. The search for the Mutya ng Ibalong will be chaired by Mrs. Geraldine Rosal with the able assistance of famed couturier Rene Salud and will showcase the beauty and talent of the Legazpena. The Street Presentation promises to be a colorful and lively spectacle that will start at Penaranda Park and end at Pacific Mall grounds by way of Rizal Street and the Legazpi Centro.

The Ibalong Festival was revived this year following its’ shelving the past two years due to the devastation wrought by successive super typhoons that hit Legazpi City and the Bicol region. The festival proper will be from October 25-31 according to Mr. Alan O. Ranola, this year’s Festival Chairman of the Execom but he added that there will be other side activities from October 1-24 that will feature entertainment shows, educational, cultural, sports and religious activities and the Legazpi Port Fiesta. The festivities took off with a motorcade along the city streets last October 1, 2008.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal in his statement during the soft-opening thanked all the stakeholders especially the private and business sector who shouldered most of the expenses of the different activities of the festival. “A concerted effort will make Ibalong Festival a resounding success,” he concluded.

Click here to view Ibalong Festival 2008 Schedule of Activities