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PURITA ARQUIZA is Miss Zamboanga 2014

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Congratulations to Miss PURITA ARQUIZA, a college student of Ateneo de Zamboanga University who was proclaimed as Miss ZAMBOANGA 2014 during the coronation night held last October 2, at the ASTORIA REGENCY of GRAND ASTORIA HOTEL.

Almost making it to the title and was adjudged First Runner up was CESS DIANNE DAUNG. The other runners-up were BELLATRIX TAN, 2nd Runner Up; KAREN ANDALAR, 3RD Runner Up and ELLAINE JOY ESPINOSA, 4th Runner Up.

The candidates went through several segments like the Production Number, PLAINS &PRINTS  and Mint Fashion Show, swimwear and gown competition with other categories like Talent competition already pre-judged.

Winning Best In Talent is ELAINE JOY ESPINOSA, Best in Long Gown went to BELLATRIX TAN.

The Board of judges were composed  of Top Criminal Lawyer Atty ALFREDO JIMENEZ, Plains & Prints owner LAURENE YAP, LANDC’s ROSE NAPAO, Kadayawan Chair EID ACAYLAR, Pepsi’s JAN ROSS CRUZ, Fashion Designer ERICH MINOZA among others.

The reigning Miss ZAMBOANGA PILAR ARQUIZA also won the Miss SOUTHWAY SQUARE title and crown last 2012.

The search for Miss ZAMBOANGA now on its 3oth year is being handled and Produced by Top Choreographer and Events Planner and Coordinator SONNY VILLARES.


Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Queen 2014 pre judging

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Seventeen (17) lovely and charming candidates for  this year’s first ever ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL QUEEN were subjected to a one-on-one question and answer by a long line of panel of judges during the Pre-Judging last  Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

The pre-judging held at the Marcian Hotel along Governor Camins Road also coincided with the MASCOTA and Swimsuit Competition.

Judges during the event were SAMIR BADDIRI, Mutya ng Mindanao 2014 CHRISTINE JUATON, foreign schooled Fashion Designer ALSHAMER ABDUL, ZAMBOANGA TODAY Columnist BOYNAP DIRECTO, Fashion Designers Association of Zamboanga President MONCHING FERNANDEZ, Hon. Kagawad ALFIE ALEJANDRO, Industrial Group of Zamboanga President ARIEL ONESSA and several others.

The ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL QUEEN 2014 will have its Coronation Night on October 7, 2014 and will be held at ASTORIA REGENCY in Pasonanca.

My friends JOHN and MEFGAR HADJULLA the producers of this beauty and brain contest said that this event will be graced by MS. EVE PANTALINJUG, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2014, Mr. GIL WAGAS, JR. MR PHILIPPINES INTERNATIONAL 2013, MS ANGELA PETERSEN, REYNA NG ALIWAN 1ST Runner Up 2009, Mr. WILFRIDO PLACENCIA JR., MR. GLOBAL PHILIPPINES 2014 and Mr. RICKY ABAD, Celebrity Fashion Designer. 

AL Shamer Dress Shop turns 5

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AL SHAMER DRESS SHOP home of the beauty  title holders and owned by  foreign schooled Fashion Designer AL SHAMER ABDUL along the busy road of San Jose celebrated its 5th anniversary last September 23, 2014.

Thankful for the five productive years, the owner AL SHAMER , a Nursing graduate of the Ateneo de Zamboanga hosted a celebration in the afternoon of the same day that extended till midnight.

Friends, customers, beauty queens, relatives, fashion designers , beauty experts and beauticians , promising models , media friends and her dress shop staff  joined the early dinner celebration.

To AL SHAMER congratulations. May you continue to reap the blessings that Allah shower upon you. 


MON QUIN celebrates his birthday with gift giving

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Last September 14, veteran Journalist RAMON ONGCHUA QUIN , JR., or known as  MON QUIN JR.,  celebrated his birthday with his 5th Annual Feeding, Free school bag distribution and free haircut to children of his neighbors which was held at his residence at Alejo Alvarez, Purok 6, Barangay Sto. Niño , this city.

MON QUIN JR, solicited from his close friends and relatives, particularly Zamboanga City Mayor MARIE ISABELLE “BENG” CLIMACO for the school bags, NFA Provincial Manager GUADENCIO “BOY” NUEGA, JR., CENRO BEN ACANA, RC-CIDG, ZCPO OIC-CITY Director SSupt. ANGELITO CASIMIRO, RDO 93-A CRIS AGAD, CityHealth Officer DR. RODEL AGBULOS and ZAEC High School Classmate EDMOND EKONG for the feeding program for children of his neighbors.

Several parents and children of his neighbors, who benefited in the school bags distribution, feeding and free hair cut program approached MON QUIN JR and thanked him for the program that has greatly helped indigent children and adults. An On-the-Spot singing contest was also held with cash prizes courtesy of the birthday celebrator MON.

MON QUIN, JR, a veteran journalist, started his career in the media in 1976 when the famous RPN’s DXXX  “NOCHE DE RONDA” was also born in August 16, during the intensity 7 earthquake struck the city. He is a Bachelor of Science in Criminology graduate and is also a holderof academics in the Master in Public Administration (MPA-ZAEC 1983) and a Master in Education major in Education Administration (MaED-EdAd, WMSU 2002)

The free hair cut, feeding program and other activities done during his birthday celebration  is now on its 5th year. This is MON QUIN, JR way of thanking the Lord Almighty Father for the graces and mercies he  received. – By PFC RAYMOND FERDINAND S. QUIN, 4TH Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP


Happy 16th birthday Bernadette

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The lovely BERNADETTE “BERNA”  SERRA ORONAN , second child of Jeweler CESAR and MARIA VICENTITA “NENENG”  SERRA ORONAN after eldest daughter PILAR SARITA “SARAH”   turned sweet sixteen last  Monday, September 22.

The birthday girl is a 4th year high School student of CLARET School in San Jose this city.

To mark her entry in the teen age life, loving parents CESAR and NENENG tendered a dinner birthday party for her at their very cozy residence at GALVEZ Subdivision in Santa Maria,

Invited to help her make her natal day memorable were her classmates and friends, aunts GRACE GAERLAN, CORRIE LOZANO, ESTER DOROTEO , cousin IVY GAERLAN who just arrived from DUBAI last September 20 to spent a much needed vacation with her family and to attend to her dad’s birthday on October 3. Also around during the dinner cum fellowship were their neighbors and relatives.

A table laden with food, a round table of sweets and deserts, a three-layered cake , macaroni salad and a crispy lechon made the party complete.

To BERNADETTE, happy birthday once more. God bless you always.

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