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Albay lass is Miss Bicolandia 2016!

By Jason B. Neola

Jian Cayla Salazar of Guinobatan, Albay is Miss Bicolandia 2016

THIS year’s Ms. Bicolandia is a pretty maiden of 23 summers from Guinobatan, Albay whose good looks easily captured the approval of the jampacked crowd and the 9-person Board of Judges during the glittering coronation night at Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum Wednesday night, September 7, this year.

Jian Cayla Salazar, a medical student, shone the brightest among the 19 other candidates who vied for the most coveted Ms. Bicolandia title in the region’s most prestigious beauty competition.

Jian’s rise to fame wasn’t that quick and easy, however. She first had to conquer the ramp in 2013 to be crowned Mutya ng Ibalong during that year. A year later, she was proclaimed Mutya ng Polangui and coasted as 1st Runner-Up during that same year’s search for Ms. Bicolandia. This makes not her first time to vie for the crown in this pageant which has been conceded to be the longest running beauty and brain competition in the region, here in Naga which has been dubbed as the Heart of Bicolandia.

Ms. Bicolandia Execom names 20 beauties as official candidates

By Jason B. Neola

The twenty Ms. Bicolandia 2016 hopefuls who passed the screening of candidates which was conducted last August 27, this year, at the Tent Avenue Plaza.  The beauteous young ladies from Naga City and different municipalities and provinces in the Bicol Region will vie for the prestigious crown. Coronation night will be held at JMR Coliseum on September 7, this year.      JBN/REYCEPPIO

The twenty Ms. Bicolandia 2016 hopefuls who passed the screening of candidates which was conducted last August 27, this year, at the Tent Avenue Plaza. The beauteous young ladies from Naga City and different municipalities and provinces in the Bicol Region will vie for the prestigious crown. Coronation night will be held at JMR Coliseum on September 7, this year. JBN/REYCEPPIO

NAGA CITY — Twenty pretty young ladies will vie for the Ms. Bicolandia crown this year. This, after the pageant’s executive council formally released the list of official candidates who will compete in the Search which is traditionally held before the start of the religious festivities of the Peñafrancia fiesta.

This year’s edition of the region’s longest-running and most prestigious beauty contest would be “an event wherein beauty and brains will be showcased as among the finest attributes of a true Bicolana, says Dr. Sonny Rañola, city councilor and this year’s chairman of the Ms. Bicolandia Beauty Pageant Council.

The candidates who made it in the pre-pageant screening are: Rosette Marie A. Clemente, 25, Naga City; Jian Cayla R. Salazar, 23, Guinobatan, Albay; Maria Khristine T. Tolete, 23, Magarao, Camarines Sur; Hannaleth C. Puato, 23, Daet, Camarines Norte; Samantha N. Jornales, 19, Bombon, Camarines Sur; Rayne Ann E. Tipones, 24, Naga City; Marie Sherry Ann Q. Tormes, 24, Nabua, Camarines Sur; Trixia Jorgia P. Aganan, 18, Naga City; Razelle D. Genetia, 22, Bulan, Sorsogon; Charie V. Gardoña, 17, Polangui, Albay; Roxanne B. Cabalquinto, 25, Naga City; Monalyn T. Abaluado, 23, Legazpi City; Juvy N. Nasayao, 25, Sipocot, Camarines Sur; Kim Angela Dalde, 19, Legazpi City; Erika Bianca B. Lasay, 21, Daet, Camarines Norte; Myrina Hannah P. Aspe, 21, Magarao, Camarines Sur; Janin Krizia G. Formaran, 24, Naga City; Kathleen Mae J. Lausingco, 21, Bula, Camarines Sur; Mary Joy S. Dacudao, 24, Naga City, and Danica Theresa Sheen P. Dilla, 21, Iriga City.

Ms. Bicolandia 2016 reels off

The Ms. Bicolandia Beauty Pageant Council chaired by City Councilor Sonny Rañola, M.D. (3rd from left) discusses some points with a group of talent scouts (back to camera) to be able to come up with ideas that would help make this year’s event successful.  Also in photo (l-r): Ms. Rye Rentoy, Mr. Richard “Toti” Rocha, Dr. Rañola, Naga’s First Lady Farah Bongat, Ms. Jenny Harris and Atty. Raquel Vergara.

The Ms. Bicolandia Beauty Pageant Council chaired by City Councilor Sonny Rañola, M.D. (3rd from left) discusses some points with a group of talent scouts (back to camera) to be able to come up with ideas that would help make this year’s event successful. Also in photo (l-r): Ms. Rye Rentoy, Mr. Richard “Toti” Rocha, Dr. Rañola, Naga’s First Lady Farah Bongat, Ms. Jenny Harris and Atty. Raquel Vergara.

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — To be able to run this year’s Ms. Bicolandia Beauty Pageant as colorful and as organized as it should be, the competition’s executive committee for this year has opted to listen to the concerns brought up by the talent scouts who requested that certain remedial approaches be adopted so as not to repeat their bad experiences in past years.

Anjo Santos, who has been in the pageant industry since he was 14, said the execom will get their support “all the way all throughout the event” provided that they should be accorded with appropriate treatment that would make them even more inspired to participate and assist.

“We plead that we should be treated right not only during the times when they needed our help in the recruitment of candidates,” Santos said.