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Queen Maker behind Miss Universe Pia visits CDO


Beauty Queen maker Jonas Gaffud is scheduled to come to Cagayan de Oro with his training team to conduct a workshop with Miss CDO candidates and other aspiring local beauty queens next month.

The Miss CDO Organizing Committee of the City Tourism Council, Higalaay Festival Committee and PLDT will bring the Aces and Queens team of Gaffud for a 2 day workshop and he will also sit as one of the pageant judges of Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant on August 13 at the Atrium of Limketkai Center.

Gaffud is known for his award winning team of beauty queens and trainors with these beauty queens under their wing: Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 – 3rd Runner-up), Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012-1st Runner-Up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 – 3rd Runner-up) and Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 – 4th Runner-up) and most recently Miss Pia Wurtzbach who won as Miss Universe 2015 and incidentally carried Cagayan de Oro as her hometown during the Binibining Pilinas pageant in 2015.

“This is by far one of the biggest happenings for our local pageant- having the word class beauty queen maker come to the City to share his expertise on runway coaching and personality development for aspiring beauty queens” says Gean T. Cesar, head of Miss CDO organizing Committee. There will be a presscon to be held for Gaffud and his team and other tourism related activities during his entire stay in the City.

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 Contestants Presented to the Public

Last Saturday (July 4, 2015) the contestants for the Miss Cagayan de Oro City for this year (2015) was presented to the media and the public at the Limketkai Center Mall Rotunda.


It was hosted by Miss Greanne Trisha Mendoza, former Miss Cagayan de Oro 2012 and TV Patrol Norther Mindanao Host. Liceo de Cagayan University’s Next Move dancers also showcase there talents as special presentation.

Here are the schedules of more activities of the 2015 Miss Cagayan de Oro as Higalaay Festival 2015 is approaching on the month of August.

  • JUNE 29, 8am (Monday) – City Hall Presentation (City Hall)
  • JULY 04, 4pm (Saturday) – Public & Press Presentation (LKK Center Rotunda)
  • JULY 12, 4pm (Sunday) – Talent Competition (SM City CDO)
  • AUGUST 08, 4pm (Saturday) – Evening Gown Competition (Centrio Mall Activity Center)
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno

Watch out for more updates here for the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015.

The First Miss CDO Beauty Queen in National Pageant

National Pageant

It started with the ambitious idea of sending a Miss Cagayan de Oro beauty queen for the first time in a national pageant. Previous groups who handled Miss CDO pageant all wished the same way – but it proved to be more complicated than just sending an official representative because apparently it will take not just money to elevate the idea, but sending the right girl with the right attitude, potential and commitment is another thing.


Miss CDO organizers JCI Senators Gigi Go and Gean Cesar both agree that it should begin with the lady who wants it, not just taking the opportunity because it was presented to her. And so Bea Alvarez- Miss CDO 2014 has that. She asked and worked hard for it. She has to give up a lot of her time with family and friends, to focus in physical training, runway coaching, mentoring and a lot more. She even have to hold off her employment plans just to focus on the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 pageant.


Well, okay- we have the right lady now for the slot. But apparently that was not enough. A dedicated team is needed to give her the right mentoring and the resources needed for the pageant. There came the two women behind the success of Miss CDO- JCI Senators Gigi and Gean- both successful in their own field, took the initiative to carry on the task of sending a representative of Cagayan de Oro to national pageants- even if it means having to finance its related financial requirements. Thanks to the City Tourism Council headed by its Chairperson Mdm Dorothy Jean Pabayo and Kagay-an Festival Chair Eileen San Juan – the plan took off without significant concerns. Bea went on to audition for Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Philippines Earth.




Thereafter, #teamcdo was created whose core members are loyal supporters of Miss CDO- Dennis Almazan (runway coach), Albert Rivera and Mark Christopher Yaranon (Oro Fashion Designers Guild), Juniel Doring (Designers Assembly), Emmanuel Mulawan (artist and costume designer), Sheldon Frias (hair and make-up), Phillip Vallespin (photography) and the Mags team (casual wear). Just recently, Bea won 2nd place in pre-pageant major event of Evening Gown Competition, while Mulawan designed the enchanting eco-gown, Doring is responsible for the Cultural wear which will be featured during the Coronation night along with his white gown for the opening production number. Rivera designed Bea’s official Coronation Night gown.

JCI Senator Gigi admits, it was not an easy breeze considering that going to national pageants entails a lot of preparation through training, mentoring and focus by the candidate. In doing so, the support team should be equally committed to provide all the necessary logistics support the candidates need. Go continues, “ going to national pageants is not for everybody who aspires. She has to have the heart and mind to focus on it because bringing the name of your city is a delicate task”. JCI Senator Gean on the other hand, who provides 24hr mentoring said “ it can be very stressful at times for both the candidate and the team coz theres a level of expectation that you want to achieve. Our participation is not a walk in the park- it’s a responsibility that we take seriously. Our goal is to bring global awareness to the eco-tourism situation of the city and of course to bring home the crown.”
Bea with her environmental advocacy of organizing earth warriors in universities and young professionals with its hashtag #whosaidyoucant, is looking forward with so much excitement and anticipation as the Coronation nears. “ I want to inspire others to chase for their dreams in whatever opportunity there is. They should not wait for things to happen, but make sacrifices for these dreams to happen”.


Bea and 40 other candidates from all over the country will vie for the title of Miss Phils Earth on May 31, 2015 at SM Arena. This is will be aired same night by ABS-CBN by 10pm.

Miss CDO 2014 Swimwear Competition

Check out the Miss Cagayan de Oro candidates in their official swimwear attire held last saturday at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

Who will be this year’s Miss Cagayan de Oro Best in Swimwear? Find out on the Coronation Night at Limketkai Atrium, August 23. Live Telecast over Parasat Chan 45 on cable and non cable tv residents. Special Thanks to Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Coco Cabana and Gibi shoes. Photos courtesy of Phillip Vallespin – Miss CDO Official Photography team. Don’t forget to use the official hashtag #HigalaayCDO on your social media updates of the festival events.













Ms. CDO 2014 Candidates All Set to Meet the Press and Public


Kagay-an Festival 2014 is approaching and one of the core event of the festival is the Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant. This coming Sunday, the 12 official candidates of Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 will finally be presented to the Public and Local media and bloggers as part of the City Government’s celebration of the Charter Day, 4pm at Limketkai Rotunda.

This batch of candidates are considered to be a battle of title holders: two are previous winners of Miss Kauswagan, a reigning Miss Lapasan, last year’s Miss PRISAA, another one who represented the City to the 2014 Miss Bikini Philippines in Manila and one candidate- a recent winner of a local beauty contest of a hair product. Others are also beauty title holders outside Cagayan de Oro.

The organizers, JCI Bai Lawanen headed by JCI Sen. Gean Tulang-Cesar and JCI Sen. Gigi Go has adequately prepared the candidates to face the local media as the Darling of the Press candidate will be chosen on Sunday. They have been through a series of seminars on News and Current events, speech and grammar including Personality development and runway coaching.

There will be a mini fashion show featuring the collections from island Souvenir, Natasha, Ororama and MAGS. The event will also launch the Miss Flawlessly U campaign which will be done for the first time this year. This will be hosted by Ms. Grey Mendoza, Miss CDO 2012 and special participation by the Next Moves Dance Company. See you all there!