By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing Editor
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—Fourteen young lovely ladies from the 13 towns and a city of the province will vie to the prestigious Bai Naliyagan 2017 beauty pageant on June 12-17 expected to have more glitz and glamour this year as the province will celebrate its 50th foundation anniversary and 25th Naliyagan Festival celebration.
The pageant hopefuls were recently presented to the local media as 14 official candidates as they showed what they got when they paraded on stage before hundreds of spectators at the San Francisco Evacuation Center with ambiance of first-class hotel function room.
The activity was organized by Dr. Manuel Rosaut, President and CEO of the Naliyagan Stakeholders Foundation Inc. and the Provincial Tourism Office.
Representing Mayor Jenny de Asis of San Francisco, Jocelyn Juen, Municipal Administrator, said they are proud to host the salvo engagement of the Search for Bai Naliyagan 2017 believing the activity will help boost the tourism industry of the municipality.
2016 Bai Naliyagan crown holder Angelica Wasawas said she can remember and feel the excitement 11 years ago when she herself was a candidate. Feeling blessed while offering pieces of advises to the candidates, Wasawas said a candidate must make the best of herself.
Wasawas added that while joining a beauty pageant like the Search for Bai Naliyagan, every candidate must enjoy every moment they spend with their fellow candidates, while sharing the knowledge and experiences they encountered.
“I have faith in you being representatives of your respective municipalities, and the honor laid upon your shoulders to represent the province of Agusan del Sur in all goodwill undertakings,” Wasawas said.
Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member and Chairperson of the Tourism Committee Hazel “kling” del Rosario said every candidate must enjoy every bit of their time from now on until the final judgment of who will be crowned Bai Naliyagan because ten years from now, it will be different.
“I tell you, in order to win, compete with yourself. Do not be in a hurry to marry. Feel yourself beautifully and always have a beautiful, smiling heart. Set your mind to always feel young. Make a change, using the honor being on top. You, being chosen to represent your municipality, is already a distinction that you are on top,” SP member del Rosario said.
Representing Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza as guest speaker, SP member Edward Mellana acknowledges the great challenge that every candidate bear in their hands and minds, but suggested that they must conquer themselves in order to bring confidence within.
“I know you have hard roles being candidates because the judges can ask you any question in this world, while all of you have the chance to answer. I tell you, just go for it,” SP Mellana said.
After the advises and messages from officials and guests, guidelines and criteria for judging was presented open for discussion by the candidates and their parties.
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