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First Posted 09:45:00 08/12/2014
Last Updated 17:08:00 8/23/2014

The lovely Miss Naval State University 2014 candidates. Photo by Jalmz
The lovely Miss Naval State University 2014 candidates. Photo by Jalmz

Ms. NSU 2014 Candidates

1. Velarde, Desiree Ann – COME

2. Quijano, Cornelia – CIICT

3. Tablate, Charmin –  CAS

4. Canaway, Chilsea – COE

5. Ayoste, Angel – COED

6. Macamay, Elica – COT

7. Abilar, Annelita – NSU-Biliran Campus


Photo by Jalmz
Photo by Jalmz

Mr. NSU 2014 Candidates

1. Viros, John Gabriel – COME

2. Cervantes, Von Roger – CIICT

3. Rosel, Rocky – CAS

4. Hasegawa, Paul Richard – COE

5. Agravante, Uriel – COED

6. Tonolete, Leo Miguel – COT

7. Samson, Chris John- NSU -Biliran Campus


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First Posted 10:50:00 08/01/2014
Last Updated 18:19:00 08/04/2014

NSU Mr and Ms Healthy Body 2014. Photo by Nsu ThePillar
NSU Mr and Ms Healthy Body 2014. Photo by Nsu ThePillar

Mr. and Ms. Healthy Body 2014 Winners

Ms. Healthy Body 2014 – Regielle Erika Marin COED (College of Education)

1st runner-up – Jean Marie Salazar COT (College of Tourism)

2nd runner-up – Lynx Abbigael Sugabo LHS (NSU Laboratory High School)

Mr. Healthy Body 2014 – Jessie Sanoy COE (College of Engineering)

1st runner-up – Jon Rainer Salentes COME (College of Maritime Education)

2nd runner-up – Christly Baronda COED (College of Education)


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First Posted 00:47:00 10/14/2013
Last Updated 22:16:00 10/15/2013


Major Awards:

Mr. NSU 2013 Candidate No. 4 David Mikhail Tonelete of COT
Ms. NSU 2013 Candidate No. 1 Ma. Jovelyn Lagrosas of CIICT

1st Runner Up
Mr. Candidate No. 6 Jessie M. Sanoy – COE
Ms. Candidate No. 5 Charlene Encio – COED

2nd Runner Up
Mr. Candidate No. 5 Jay T. Horfilla – COED
Ms. Candidate No. 4 Marianne Angelio – COT


Special awards:

Mr. Internet Choice Candidate No. 5 Jay T. Horfilla – COED
Ms. Internet Choice Candidate No. 7 Roxane Avelino – COME

Candidate No. 2 Mr Mark Jhon R. Ytac – Biliran Campus
Candidate No. 4 Marianne Angelio – COT

Mr Photogenic Candidate No. 4 David Mikhail D. Tonolete – COT
Ms Photogenic Candidate No. 5 Charlene Encio – COED

Minor awards:

Production Number

Candidate No. 5 Jay T. Horfilla – COED
Candidate No. 5 Charlene Encio – COED

Best in Fan wear

Candidate No. 5 Jay T. Horfilla – COED
Candidate No. 5 Charlene Encio – COED

Best in Swim wear

Candidate No. 6 Jessie M. Sanoy – COE
Candidate No. 2 Pamela Mae Molina – Biliran Campus

Best in Talent

Candidate No. 5 Jay T. Horfilla – COED
Candidate No. 5 Charlene Encio – COED

Best in Philippine Terno
Candidate No. 7 Roxane Avelino – COME

Best in Barong Tagalog
Candidate No. 5 Jay T. Horfilla – COED


Mr and Ms NSU 2013 Production Number

Mr and Ms NSU 2013 Fun wear

Mr and Ms NSU 2013 Q and A

Mr and Ms NSU 2013 Swim wear

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Photo By Lilit Garde Sambitan
First Posted 20:30:00 10/13/2011
Last Updated 09:01:00 10/13/2011

The Winners. From Left 1st Runner-up Kryslin Joy Chu, Miss NSU 2011 Rosemarie Sandigan, 1st Runner-up Kryslin Joy Chu

Rosemarie Sandigan is Miss NSU 2011

1st Runner-up Kryslin Joy Chu (Candidate No. 10)

2nd Runner-up Ellen Joyce Nartia (Candidate No. 4)

Special Awards

Best in Sportswear – Ellen Joyce Nartia (Candidate No. 4)
Best in Production – Kryslin Joy Chu (Candidate No. 10)
Best in Swimwear – Rosemarie Sandigan (Candidate No. 8)
Best in Talent – Rosalie N. Dalde (Candidate No. 11)
Ms. Photogenic – Mia Camille Palomo (Candidate No. 7)
Best in Gown – Kryslin Joy Chu (Candidate No. 10)


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Photos by Gerry Ruiz
First Posted 07:54:00 06/26/2011
Last Updated 09:20:00 06/27/2011

A 23-year-old Tourism student of ABE International Business College Shenna Obispo Hernandez was crowned Miss Tacloban 2011 last night at Tacloban Astrodome.

Ms. Tacloban 2011 Shienna Hernandez and her court (from left): Jhuneva Marie Go (4th Runner-up), April Joy Dy (1st Runner-up), Jyca Therese V. Mancao (2nd Runner-up) and Jane Bayona (3rd Runner-up) Photo by Gerry Ruiz

Hernandez received a total cash prize of 50,000 from the city government, jewelries from Diamond and Jewelry pawnshop worth 15,000, Ever Bilena giftpack, Human Nature and from M.Lhuillier.

Photo by Tadz Baillo

She is the daughter of former Biliran Provincial Administrator Avelino S. Hernandez and Grace Obispo.

More photos from Miss Tacloban 2011 by Gerryruiz photoblog mark II

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By Charisse Ursal
With a report and photos Cherry Ann Mocorro-Parilla
Videos by Ghavi Anasco
First Posted 00:00:00 05/11/2011
Last Updated 06:33:00 05/17/2011

What makes Biliranons different? They don’t just shine; they outshine.

Representatives from the towns of Naval and Caibiran, Ms. Keena Mary Anne Sumido and Mr. Ulyses Maderazo, stood out from the rest as they were crowned as Mr. and Ms. Biliran 2011, respectively, at the NSU Gymnasium last May 10.

Gov. Gerardo J. Espina, Jr. crowns Keena Mary Anne Sumido, Miss Biliran Tourism 2011. Assisting him is Naval Mayor Susan V. Parilla.

Hundreds of expectators crammed the gymnasium and witnessed the alluring event as the candidates from Naval, Caibiran, Cabucgayan, Maripipi, Kawayan, Almeria, Culaba and Biliran showcased a package of wit, glam and beauty.

Ms. Sheena Marie Lanugan of Almeria was crowned as Ms. Biliran 1st runner-up, while Ms. Lormelyn Genoguin of Cabucgayan was hailed as the 2nd runner-up.

In the parallel contest, Mr. Mat William Po of Maripipi was hailed as Mr. Biliran 1st runner-up, followed by Mr. Carlo A. Carloman of Naval as the 2nd runner-up .

Other special awards included:

Best in Production – Ms. Arianne May Briones (Maripipi); Mr. Maderazo (Caibiran)
Best in Casual wear – Ms. Lanugan (Almeria); Mr. Maderazo (Caibiran)
Best in Talent – Ms. Sumido (Naval); Mr. Mark Philip S. Besoyo (Almeria)
Ms. Photogenic – Ms. Cristine Javines (Kawayan)
Mr. Photogenic – Mr. Po (Maripipi)
Best in Swimwear – Ms. Sumido (Naval); Mr. Po (Maripipi)
Best in Gown – Ms. Sumido (Naval)
Formal wear – Mr. Po (Maripipi)

Miss Biliran 2011 – Ms. Keena Mary Anne Sumido

With Miss Biliran’s final question “Which quality of women give them an edge over men?”, Ms. Sumido, the newly-crowned Miss Biliran 2011 bested among the others as she answered:

“As a woman, our edge among men is that we are character builders. We look upon every woman as a model of patience, strength, courage and spirituality which is really essential towards attainting the progress that we are all aspiring for.”

Ms. Sumido is 16 years old. She just graduated from high school at the Naval State University and will be taking up BS Tourism at Lyceum of the Philippines University.

On the other hand, Mr. Biliran’s final question, stated: “What is the biggest challenge to young people today?”

Mr. Maderazo’s response: “The greatest challenge of the youth today is to fulfill his goals and dreams.”

Mr. Biliran 2011. Mr. Ulyses Maderazo

Mr. Maderazo is 19 years old, a junior student of Leyte Normal University.

Both winners were rewarded with cold cash amounting to P 10,000, while the 1st runners-up received P 7,000 each, and the 2nd runners-up had P 5,000 each.

The success of the pageant marked another year for the founding anniversary of the province of Biliran, in the same way as it carved an image of pleasantry and gaiety to the Biliranons.

More photos of the coronation night


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By Charisse Ursal
First Posted 08:59:00 03/10/2011

They prance on stage with glitter-studded gowns; wear the trendiest colors of lipsticks and eye shadows of different shades; and show the world how angelic and exotic beauties can sweep off the feet of millions of people. They are considered to be beauty goddesses- they are called beauty queens.

But it’s more than the title, the crown, the cash prize, the trophy, the looks and the prestige of the pageant. It is about the purpose, why it is held in the first place and its effects to humanity, especially to women. Such pageants are ‘supposed to’ aid the sinking world by reuniting the people and promoting environmental actions (that is at least what the contestants and organizers claim), but unfortunately, it serves no purpose in the society. It is just a mere leisure for people where women are judged, fantasized, and seen as objects of sexual desires and urges. As dire as it may sound, beauty pageants have been the training ground for prejudices, exploitation, and degradation of women in particular.

These claims are supported with the following arguments. First, beauty pageants are antiquated exploitation of women. Next, beauty pageants result to stereotyping and standardization. And lastly, beauty contests do nothing concrete to aid the society.

Beauty Pageants are Antiquated Exploitation of Women

Women are exploited. They are being used to suffice the famished eyes of the people who are hungry for pure entertainment. They are being put on display. Other than bringing to the fore the fact that women will always be used and viewed as an ornament to be dressed up and showed off, beauty pageants indeed exploit women. They are being paraded while men on the other hand are watching with morbid pleasure. While the contestants are doing their best to win the competition, people around the world grade them according to their beauty and body statistics and if they commit even a single mistake, the people will be more than willing to criticize them and will be rejoicing for their defeat.

According to the feminist group- the Women’s Network Australia , the exploitation of women and judging people on their looks will always be a draw card for attracting men to a product or service.

The exploitation of women is rather apparent within the marketing and commercial interests of the sponsors. As mentioned above, because beauty pageants are regarded as a form of entertainment by the people, channel ratings climb, more people are enticed to use products which are used by the contestants (also a form of marketing strategy), and sponsors and advertisers get richer of course. Beauty contests are being used as a tool to fulfill advertising quotas and hook television audiences into believing there is beauty with a purpose well in fact, that ‘purpose’ never really existed.

Beauty Pageants result to Stereotyping and Standardization

Beauty pageants reinforce beauty stereotypes. They standardize women and determine who is beautiful or not. But how can a group of people judge what is beauty well in fact, no two persons can agree on what beauty really is. One may like a chubby woman, and another may like a skinny one. Beauty is purely subjective. Yet beauty competitions exist influencing the people’s view on what beauty really is.
These beauty pageants taught the people that beautiful is the woman who has an angelic and irresistible face, a “36-24-36” hour-glass body shape, a smooth skin and a towering height. These competitions are largely responsible for the promotion of false standards of beauty leading to serious issues in women linked to low self-esteem. Women who do not possess such attributes try to conform to the ‘trend’ and make themselves ‘more appealing.’ As a result, these women go to unhealthy practices such as not eating properly which may lead to bulimia or anorexia; go on surgeries to augment their bust or breast sizes which may have side-effects afterwards; and be overly conscious about their physical appearances that they get stuck on this phase, they no longer strive for any further education or other ways of personal development.

With beauty as the sole criteria for ‘beauty pageants,’ people forget that beauty comes along with intellect, talent and character.
Instead of promoting equality, beauty pageants uphold segregation and unfairness among women. They do not truly celebrate the wonderful diversity of women.

Beauty Contests Do Nothing Concrete for the Society

According to Tom Hamilton who is studying for a PhD in ethics and philosophy of religion at Durham University (also a World’s finalist in Toronto in 2002), beauty contests fail to challenge harmful political attitudes to women. Despite paying lip-service to feminist keywords such as empowerment and self-confidence, they do nothing concrete to aid the liberation of women; indeed, by reinforcing looks as the most important feminine quality, they harm women’s liberation in general.

The fact that the organizers of Miss World 2002, for example, had no problem with holding the contest in Nigeria at the same time as a high-profile case in which a woman was due to be stoned for adultery, exposes the competition’s hypocrisy. Instead of really looking out for the woman’s liberation and rights, beauty pageants are out to bring what the public wants to see- entertainment, thus neglecting the fact that beauty pageants, should, in its sense, do something in the women’s stand in the society.

Moreover, because of beauty pageants, children become exposed to nudity, which may affect their psychological development. These beauty pageants just contribute to the vulnerability of the youth, people, and society.

Beauty pageants are just misleading. They just simply show bodies and sell women in a very artistic way. Definitely, these beauty pageants are just smokescreens to bring out the interests of the few.

The Counterarguments

But one may allege – beauty contests are not harmful. They empower women and they serve purposes in the society which includes the following alleges:

First, beauty contests encourage ladies to get fit and be beautiful all the time. Some point may be acceptable but it is also true that because of these ‘encouragements,’ women deviate from the natural and try to believe in the false statement of beauty that drives one not to be contented of what she has. As an effect, women changes the authenticity God’s creation though painful surgeries and unhealthy diets. If this ‘encouragements’ result to the destruction of one’s self, then it is another story.

In a simple sense, beauty pageants do not merely ‘encourage’ women, but they have this driving ‘force’ that vastly influence women to focus on the outside beauty alone and believe in the false beauty concept. If some women do not conform with the standards of beauty nowadays, does that mean that they are not beautiful at all? Because of these beauty pageants, women become more materialistic and women who can’t stand the pressure of being beautiful suffer. In effect, matters such as brain power, talent and attitude are oftentimes neglected and seen as things of secondary priority.

“But beauty contests do not only focus on the physical beauty but intellect is also tested during question and answer portion,” one may say.

Yes, question and answer portion exists in beauty pageants, but aren’t the questions already given to the contestants before the pageant even started? The answers contestants give to the questions are rehearsed and meaningless. Moreover, most of the questions, if not all, only require common sense. These questions are always very simple and shallow. And what’s more pathetic is that, talented and intelligent women who are not pretty enough (as the judges would claim), cannot pass the preliminary test! So how can beauty pageants persuade people that it is not all about flaunting bodies, where in the first place, it is just only about beauty? What more is to be praised? It does not even promote high standards of thinking and making solutions to the current problems the country is facing. Such pageants are always about body, beauty, poise, and nothing more. We should not be applauding the foolishness of such pageantry.

The pageantry, as some would claim, gives the chance for women to be noticed and recognized. But do women need to ramp half-naked just to get the people’s attention? Do women need to be looked down first before they even reached the peak of their dreams? Do women have to lower their dignity and fake a smile just to gain some marks from some pretentious judges?

Beauty pageants are ‘supposed’ to serve a good purpose in the society. But it made beauty artificial-unreal. Rather than empowering women, beauty pageants exploited women, standardize beauty, degraded their worth, and did nothing to aid the illness of the society.

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