Dr.Rico Absin and Mandaue Children's Choir

Christmas with Rico Absin and Friends

Dumaguete Christmas House owner Dr. Rico Absin is yearly raising funds at Christmas time for the street children of Dumaguete. Yesterdays event in Silliman’s Luce Auditorium was another great success.

Miss Pura Vida 2014

Miss Pura Vida 2014

The parties at of Sea Explorers are famous since many years. No difference was the Christmasparty with friends and guests. The highlight was certainly the Miss Pura Vida 2014 contest.

Pura Vida Party Intruduction

Back Stage at Miss Pura Vida 2014  and Judges

The Talent Presentation


The candidates in gowns

Pura-Vida-Party The Gown Round

Pura-Vida-Party The Gown Round

Pura-Vida-Party the Swimsuit Competition

Pura-Vida-Party the Swimsuit Competition

 


The Awarding

Congratulations to Miss Pura Vida 2014

Miss Pura Vida 2014

Thanks to the team of Pura Vida, Vida Homes and Sea Explorers for a great party!

…. and of course for inviting us.

66th Charter Day Parade Dumaguete City

66th Charter Day Parade

The 66th Charter Day Parade occupied yesterday the streets of Dumaguete. Lead by our beloved Mayor Manuel “Chiquitting” Sagarbarria and Congressman George Arnaiz, the parade started at Quezon Park up to Real Street to turn north and end at the Silliman Ballfield. Therefore our first gallery is for the officials of the City of Gentle People

 Congressman George Arnaiz and Mayor  Mayor Manuel "Chiquitting" Sagarbarria lead the Charter Day Parade

Congressman George Arnaiz and Mayor Mayor Manuel “Chiquitting” Sagarbarria leading the Charter Day Parade


Float of Barangay Calindagan

Barangay Calindagan

After the Dumaguete Government Officials were countless organizations from Police Department to the Little Children of the Philippines and from Paintballers to Cosplayers. Here are some of them:

Without stepping on anybodies toes, the highlight were of course the marching bands in their colorful costumes spread throughout the parade. We have so many pictures, that we split the gallery in two parts for a better loading time

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Dumaguete City - Charter Day Parade

Sandurot Festival 2014 - Showdown

Sandurot 2014 – Street Dance & Showdown

Hot – Hotter – Sandurot 2014 Street Dance Parade. The sun was burning down at 3:00pm, when the participants of the streetdance parade started moving from Portal West via Perdices- and Real Street back to Quezon Park where later the Showdown took place.  All spectators who were not busy finding a spot on in the shade or boiling eggs on the street saw some great performances of all participating schools.

Sandurot 2014 – Street Dance Competition

Sandurot Street Dance Parade

Sandurot Festival 2014 – Showdown

The national Broadcast of Sky Cable was probably the reason that the Showdown of this years Sandurot Festival started perfectly in time on 5:00 pm. Bottomline, it can be done!  Maybe the organizers of the Miss Dumaguete Coronation Night should take a seminar at Sky Cable how to plan ad execute a fast paced event, instead of stretching a little over 5 hours.

Sandurot Festival 2014 - Showdown

The seven contingents did great and the cheers of the audience grew louder from contestant to contestant.

Showdown -Sandurot Festival 2014



Last but not least one pictures we can’t leave out and our definite winner for best picture of the Sandurot 2014 Showdown.
Showdown -Sandurot Festival 2014

Miss Dumaguete 2014 - Malka Shaver

Miss Dumaguete 2014 – Coronation Night

The Miss Dumaguete 2014 Coronation Night took place as on of the main-events of the 2014 Sandurot Festival. Once again the Dumaguete Convention Center was chosen as a venue, and once again the delay was extraordinary. The main task of the event was to find the successor of Lorraine Kendrickson -Miss Dumaguete 2013- who represented the City of Gentle People most successful at the Miss World – Philippines Pageant.

The “Who-is-Who” of Dumaguete was in full numbers present, completed with other VIPs of the national show- and business sector. Reading their names, glorious achievements and curriculum vitae plus all sponsors took more time than the seven candidates spend on stage to present themselves to the board of judges and the audience. Following a view pictures of some of the honorable guests of this event.

Finally it was time to start the Miss Dumaguete 2014 Coronation Night with the production number.

Miss Dumaguete 2014 - Production

Production Number Of Miss Dumaguete 2014 Contestant

Miss Dumaguete 2014 - Production

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Candidates in Swimsuits

“History repeats itself” must have been the theme of the swimsuit round. The candidates were wearing bathing suits which obviously reassembled the style of the 60s and reminded one of our team-members strongly of the beach wear his grandma was wearing back in the early 70s

Miss Dumaguete 2014 - Coronation Night

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Candidates in Gowns

The gowns were also held in a greyish silver, so it appeared, that the overall theme of the event-planner was more directed towards the 70s instead of the modern woman of the 21st century.

Miss Dumaguete 2014 - Gowns

Finally the show got to its highlight, the announcing of the different awards and the new Miss Dumaguete

Congratulations to  Malka Shaver

Miss Dumaguete 2014

Miss Dumaguete 2014 - Malka Shaver
Miss Dumaguete 2014 – Malka Shaver

 

Sandurot Festival - Army Night

Sandurot 2014 – Army Night

The huge difference between the Sandurot 2014 Army Night and all other events up to now was, that it started almost in time. Our Dumaguete.com team trusted the tradition to have events starting at least an hour late, therefore we missed the first band, which was according to people in the audience quite good. Our apologies! However, we caught the second band and the dance groups as well as the army-dog demonstration of the Sandurot 2014 Army night.

Sandurot Festival - Army Night Veriety Show

When walking direction venue, we could hear the first tunes of the second band and heard already from a distance that there is certainly a guy playing a guitar-solo who definitely knows what he does. As soon we saw him, we were certain that he also tickled our excitement at the Buglasan “Battle of the Bands”.

They band was playing brilliant, with a rhythm section like a clockwork and Mr.Bocala on the guitar is a class on his own anyway. The downfalls came with the two holding the microphones trying to put vocals to the brilliant executed music. To be polite, the cats which enjoyed themselves last night in the neighbors garden had more musical talent than the couple. They was certainly also no army members, but the losers from a teenage karaoke contest in the neighborhood. To protect their identity we will not post any pictures of the miss-tuned couple.

Sandurot Festival - Army Dog Presentation

After the band finished their first set two very entertaining dance-groups from Negros and Lapu-Lapu entered the stage at Quezon Park. The guys showed a great sense of humor and kept the audience excited. An army dog handler also appeared for a brief demonstration with two trained and disciplined dogs.

When it was time for the second set of the band, the MC announced a technical problem which needed to be solved first. However, we believe the sound-company simply was the same opinion about the vocalists – obviously feeling pity for the audience to suffer through them again – so they pretended to have a problem and saved therefore hundreds of eardrum.

However, there was no further announcement after 30 minutes and we needed to leave as other duties were calling the dumaguete.com-team. All together we enjoyed most of the performances at the Sandurot 2014 – Army Night Variety Show, as they showed real great talents outside their regular hard job serving the country and protecting its population.

FOlkdance Competition - Sandurot Festival 2014

Folkdance Competition – Sandurot Festival 2014

Folkdance competitions are one of our declared favorites. The Sandurot Folkdance Competition 2014 made no difference. It is always great seeing the facebook-generation honoring the Filipino traditional dances and spending their free time in practicing. Seven competitors were participating under the watchful eyes of honorable Mayor Manuel Teves Sagarbarria and his right hand, Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling.

Mayor Manuel Teves Sagarbarria and Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling at the Sandurot Festival 2014 - Folkdance Competition

Mayor Manuel Teves Sagarbarria and Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling at the Sandurot Festival 2014 – Folkdance Competition



The cheers from the audience motivated all groups to give their best on stage, resulting in an interesting, colorful show on a very high level. Following some pictures in loose order of the:

Sandurot Festival Folkdance Competition

Dumaguete Fiesta - Folkdance Competition

Folkdance Competition - Dumaguete Fiesta 2014

It was a hard task for the board of judges to determine the winner, which forced Woodrow “RR” Maquiling Jr. to extend his speech on stage until the final decision was made. He – of course – mastered that with professional bravura.

Folkdance Competition - Board of Judges with Mayor Sagarbarria & Woodrow Maquiling Sen and Jr.

Folkdance Competition – Board of Judges with Mayor Sagarbarria & Woodrow Maquiling Sen and Jr.

The Silliman Dance Group snatched the first place just a few points ahead of their competitors. However, the big overall winner of the Sandurot 2014 Folkdance Competition was the audience, thanks to the professional performance of all contingencies, the organizers, the sound- and light crew and all involved helper.

Winner of the Folkdance Competition - Dumaguete Fiesta 2014

Winner of the Folkdance Competition – Dumaguete Fiesta 2014

Thanks to Bruce Alfred Aplicano (see comment below) for correcting a mistake from us. The above mentioned Silliman Dance Group is of course the Silliman University Dance Troupe – Our honest apologies for the mistake.

Dumaguete Sandurot Festival Hip Hop Dancing Champion

Sandurot Festival 2014 Hip Hop – Dance Competition

Hip Hop Competition Like always when live show starts its traditionally part of the program are the prayers followed by national anthem, small speech from the Mayor of the City of Gentle people, Mr. Manuel Teves Sagarbarria is also needed as he is the father of the city hall welcoming all the guest and audience […]

Miss Dumaguete Talent night 2014

Miss Dumaguete 2014 – Talent Night

Last night November 16, 2014 was the Pre – Pageant of Miss Dumaguete 2014 on the big stage in Quezon park. The weather was on the side of the organizers and thousands of Dumagueteños waited patiently for the VIPs to arrive, so that the Talent Night or Pre – Pageant night (how it is better called due to lack of talents) could finally start. Mayor, counselors, sponsors and many more or less noteworthy people filled the first rows in the audience. Here some pictures of them mixed with some shots before the show started.



Finally the Miss Dumaguete 2014 Pre-Pageant night got on its way with the prayers and national anthem before the candidates entered the stage in their red-hot Flamenco costumes.

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Talent Night on their Flamingo Custume

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Talent Night on their Flamingo Custume

Next was the talent round, or what the handlers thought the candidates are good in.

After two intermission numbers, the candidates slipped back into their Flamenco outfit and repeated their performance of the beginning of the show for a second time. Now it was time for the judges to calculate the scores and give the first awards.

Miss Dumaguete Talent night with Dumaguete Government Officials

Miss Dumaguete Talent night with Dumaguete Government Officials



If you want to know who will be crowned Miss Dumaguete 2014 you can get your ticket at the Dumaguete Tourism Office in Quezon Park. The coronation night will take place on Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Dumaguete Convention Center.

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Talent Night magic  three

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Talent Night magic three

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Press-Conference

Miss Dumaguete 2014 – Press Conference

Miss-Dumaguete-Press-Conference Robinsons Dumaguete

Miss-Dumaguete-Press-Conference Robinsons Dumaguete

November 14, 2014 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete Main Atrium

Way Back in the 1920’s,Dumaguete already chose Queens or muse and they were called Miss Dumaguete Carnival Queen.

On November 24, 1948, after the war, and when Dumaguete City officially became a City, Miss Isabelita Ruperto was declared the first Miss Dumaguete. In the succeeding years up to the present, along line of beauteous ladies have held the prestigious title of Miss Dumaguete, like Rowena Tiempo, Carmen Gonzalez, Lolita Bejar, Girlie Ererio, and Lina Tramonte.

In 2012 the height requirement for candidates for Miss Dumaguete was raised at 5”5, adapted from Binibining Pilipinas criteria, which made it possible for Miss Dumaguete 2013, Lorraine Kendrickson to compete in the Miss World Philippines and won 1st Runner-up.

(This information given by Dumaguete Tourism )

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Press-Conference

Miss Dumaguete 2014 Press Conference

This year Miss Dumaguete 2014 Pageant will not be complete without the media.

The Press Conference for Miss Dumaguete 2014 pageant with the theme “ Optimizing Community Development Through Tourism, Sports, Culture and the Arts” was a success and the contestants are all well prepared.

Miss Dumaguete 2014 – Candidates

Contestant number 1 Miss Malka Shaver and her advocacy called “Environmental Activism”, Miss Dumaguete 2014 contestant number 2 Miss Lineth Avanzado and her advocacy “ Molding today’s Youth through Self-Awareness”,Dumaguete 2014 contestant number 3 Miss Menday Mae De Guia and her advocacy “ Sustaining the Tourism Beauty of Dumaguete City” Dumaguete 2014 contestant number 4 is Miss Crichelle Geralde and her advocacy “ Capacity Development for Youth Groups in Dumaguete City”

Dumaguete 2014 contestant number 5 Miss Kae Lena Nuque and her advocacy “ Empowering Young Women trough the Promotion of a Healthy Body Image Social Media” Dumaguete 2014 contestant number 6 Miss Menchit Maraña and her advocacy “ Awareness Program of the Pros and Cons of Social Media” and the last but not the least Dumaguete 2014 contestant number 7 Miss Ritchly Cais and here advocacy is “ Personality Development Program for the Youth”

Here are some Photos of Candidates, Tourism Officers and VIP’s