(An editorial)
BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 06:41 PM 09/30/2009

The Miss Bagasumbul contest was intended to showcase in a competitive atmosphere the beauty, brains and talents of young ladies who hail from Naval or have Navalian roots. The fairest of them all is expected to win in a fair contest.

However, this year, is appears that the contest has become a game of political chickens, where specific contestants are allegedly backed by personalities with manifest political aspirations in 2010. BI.com has heard that the backers include two top elective officials of the province, two former congressmen-mayors, a municipal councilor, and a political aspirant. Four of them, more than half, belong to a political dynasty. A former candidate to a high position was also rumored to have promised support to a specific contestant, but he allegedly did not deliver the promise worth P10,000.00 when push came to shove.

It would have been a source of great elation to the public if the same backers of specific Miss Bagasumbul candidates also competed with each other in providing basic services to the local population during out town’s 149th Pueblo Day last Saturday, Sept. 26. As it turned out, only one of these identified backers actually delivered some bounty to the public on Pueblo Day, and other offered drinks on Pueblo Night. The others were conspicuously absent. As for the Capitol, it would even seem that its top honcho had written off Naval as a town of this province; no public services from that sector on Pueblo Day.

A contest involving female pulchritude should be judged according to the basic criteria for beauty. It should not be measured using the yardsticks of some competitive mice among men, whose concept of victory involves blood and gore similar to scenes that one can witness in a cockpit on Sundays. We are dealing with humans, not chickens, in the Miss Bagasumbul contest. We hope the political mice understand that.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. TO BILIRANISLAND.COM ADMIN

    PLEASE IDENTIFY THE PERSONALITIES YOU HAVE ALLUDED TO.

    FOR THE RECORD, I STATE CATEGORICALLY, THAT AT THIS TIME, AS OF THIS POSTING, I HAVE NOT COMMITTED TO SUPPORT IN ANY WAY, ANY PARTICULAR CANDIDATE FOR MISS BAGASUMBOL.

    I WOULD CONFIRM HOWEVER THAT MY PDAF PAID FOR THE FOOD (SNACKS, LUNCH, SNACKS AND DINNER) FOR THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 149TH PUEBLO DAY CELEBRATION COSTING 250,000.00. THAT WAS MY ONLY CONTRIBUTION.

  2. so what’s wrong if the politicians have supported the activity through sponsorship….for as long as it will help for the realization of the activity, whats wrong with that.

    i think there are just people whose main objective is to find fault in every undertaking even if the intention is only to give enjoyment to the public.

    so what cong chong if you will support for the bagasumbol activity. does it hurt you if you support them just because there are some people commenting on it. what the heck..stand up.

    no matter how you criticize the activity, people love to watch it, in fact try to compare the vesper’s nite celebration with that of the bagasumbol pageant and compare which of the two has given enjoyment to the public.

  3. Commenta lang!
    A prudentpolitician must not get involved in an obvious manner in this search to avoid being branded na sumasakay sa contest para mapagusapan.

    Politically seguro no onecan prevent them to do so but they should make it a point to make this not obviously noticable to the public eye to avoid empression of being bias among others.

    It is not acceptable if one politician will over exposed himself/herself in supporting one candidate because it is a beauty contest not a popularity contest…

    Politicians involved in this mess is making the contest politically colored and losses the meaning and the right reason why a contest such as this one is no longer believable.

    There is a place for politics.. and beauty contest just does not need them they should be prudent enough to distance themselves from this contest because they have no right to be there in the first place.

    I won’t vote for the politician who will get involve in here because it just shows that he is or she is riding the popularity behind said contest..

    Politicians should address their concern in other avenues not this contest… it goes to show wothout saying it laoud na kulang lang sila sa pansin!

  4. 8 cnt b denied that any actvty neds financial support, money does all d walk. 8 may come from anybdy, we dnt care as long us d objectve of d actvty are meet…8 depends upon d ntention of d donor f 8 make hm fame or infame, 8 s hs ryt, i mean we al hav ryt 2 b fame…politicians may they are, after all n d end we wil b, ordnary citizens, hu wil dcde hu wl b our leader, pity 4 us f we choose fame or money, rathr than inteligent and workaholic…acordng 2 blet let us separate d chcken ang pigs from humans…gud luck

  5. Hey Hilom na lang!

    You cannot gag me in this issue because it not appriate for you to say that!

    How you justify your statement “8 cnt b denied that any actvty neds financial support, money does all d walk. 8 may come from anybdy, we dnt care as long us d objectve of d actvty are meet”

    For me… I cannot sacrifice my values for thesake of money.. i cannot compromise any activities by tapping these people whose craving for mileage is overwhelmingly felt in Biliran.. it will not answer your call for not being bias and being unfair in your decisions kay naa man kana sting attached. I do not like my judgment critized or questioned because of these guys kay at the end of the day i will be answerable to to my conscience.

    Your are wrong when you say that money can answer yourmoves and your whims in life…. IT IS NOT THE END IN ITSELF! yes it can destroy mountain but cannot make me slave on it. I cannot sacrifice my Christian belief because of it… If you can swallow it wholeheartedly go for it but you cannot convince me to follow your way even if you have accumulated money out of these people.

    I am not against these politicians to mingle and be part of I it I am only against it when they use their power and position to get on their way and favor other candidates against another.. Where goes your Christian values if cheating occurs because you have tolerated it or you have closed your eyes while said things took place under you own nose?

  6. Blogger #:

    #8 cnt b denied that any actvty neds financial support, money does all d walk. 8 may come from anybdy, we dnt care as long us d objectve of d actvty are meet”

    Really? Isn’t is justifiable if you resot to such? It is ethical to invite the politicians to makesawsaw the judging of the said search?

    I am not against it. I am only against if said people resort to bias judgment and encouraged pr threathen the judges to make their manok wins against the others who are more qualified to win…

    Be prudent enough your self because you do not have to be mukhang pera in order to gain the desired amount ( I understand it is a beauty contest not a popularity money contest) so why resort to seeking more sponsor for this matter. Are there any projects that was not specified in here?

    Be transparent and be fair to accept comments because that ishow democracy works…. Don’t be myopic to complain if some get bias on this search…. You do not like to be branded as mukhang salapi so why resot to sucvh a statement…

    Are you Christian values to befair and equality look into your fellowmen equally without being prejudice to those who does not have money to buy you and your values…. That is waht a ckicken for me…. I hope you are not one yourself hihihihihihihi

  7. ha? you don’t care where the money came from as long as your objective was met? Are you that desperate?

    Mura ra diay ka usa ka inahan nga bahala na lang nga ibaligya ang iya lawas para lang may maipakaon sa iya anak!

    Sama ra diay sa mga obispo nga nadiwat ug kwarta gikan sa mga jueteng lords!

    Asa naman ang ato moralidad ani? Bahala na lang ug morally wrong as long as legally right?

  8. Blogger # 7

    You cannot gag me when i know you are stating something that is morally wrong.

    i cannot stomach your principle to accept money from politicians with string attached to it.

    I cannot tolerate my province mate who does accept bribe in order to get his way into something unethically wrong.

    What a statement from people like you blogger # 7 who makes money their God and who makes crooked politicians their Lord!

  9. 250,000 pesos taken from the PDAF of cong.chong gigamit pag rasyon ug pagkaon? PWEDE DIAY NE SA coa rules? first time ko kabati nga gigasto sa pagkaon ang PORK BARREL SA KONGRESMAN.

  10. Utip Blog # 14:

    Asa man gigamit ni Gov ang PROLEND project kuno niya?

    Unsa may gamitan sa iyang gipangutang sa PNB ug uban pang mga banko?

    ASA man niya gihaplak ang gihatag niNOgralez ug ni Noli de Castro?

    Asa man pod diya kadtong padalunot nga minilyopn nga iyang gidawat sa flight by night mining operator?

    Diin pondo niya kiwkiwa ang gi pamalit ug mga cellphone ug mga load sa Pinoy Idot popularity contest..

    KINI ANG MGA PANGUTANA NGA SIGE LANG NINYO UG TABON TABON. LIPONG LIPONG, TIPAS TIPAS. IKYAS IKYAS.
    GUNGGONG!

  11. UTIP

    MAAYO NA LANG ANG AKONG PONDO, NING ABOT SA MGA TAWO NGA NAGHATAG UG SERBISYONG TOTOO SA MGA KABUS NGA TAGA NAVAL. UG DILI PINAAGI SA AKONG KAUGALINGONG CATERING SERVICES.

    DILI BA ANG IMONG DAKONG WALAY UWAW NGA AMO MAOY NUMBER ONE NGA MOGAMIT UG PONDO SA GOBYERNO ARON IPAKAON SA ‘BIRTHDAY’ SA IYANG MANGHUD, IPAKAON SA PAGTIGUM SA IYANG MGA SUPPORTERS ARON IPAKITA NGA MAY SUPPORTA PA GIHAPON SIYA SA KATAWHAN, IPAKAON SA MGA TAWONG GIHAYLO ARON MOATENDER SA IYANG SAYAW O UBAN PANG KALIHUKAN? PAGKA DAKONG HILAS NINYONG KLASEHA SA MGA TAWO.

    PANGINANO KUNG DILI BA MGA KABUS UG ANG MGA NAG-ATENDER SA KABUS ANG NAKAKAON SA MAONG PONDO GIKAN SA AKONG PDAF. 250,000.00 ANG BUDGET FOR 1,400 PERSONS ON SNACKS, LUNCH, SNACKS AND A SMALL DINNER. I DONT KNOW IF THEY HAVE ACTUALLY CONSUMED THE ENTIRE AMOUNT BUT IM SURE, WHATEVER BE THE EXCESS DILI NA KAWATON NI MAYOR SUSAN PARILLA… DILI SAMA SA MGA TAMPALASAN NIMONG MGA AMO!

  12. UTIP

    ADLIB LANG NI. NAUNSA NA BA ANG IMONG SUPER REGIONS PROJECT NGA IMONG GIINGON NGA MOABOT GYUD SA BILIRAN KADA TUIG UBOS SA ATONG PRESIDENTE GMA. SINCE 2001 UP TO 2007, OR 6 LONG YEARS, HAIN NAMAN ANG MILYON-MILYON NGA PROYEKTO UNDER PGMA’S SUPER REGIONS PROJECT? NGANONG WA MAN MASEMENTO UG UBAY-UBAY ANG KARSADA UBOS SA MGA ESPINA?

    BASIN NANGADTO LAGI SA SUPER HOUSES UG UBANG PANG SUPER WEALTH SA MGA ESPINA?

    INGNA DIAY SI Y.O. (Y OWAW) GERRY NGA AYAW UNA UG ABRIHI ANG IYANG SUPER MARKET UG SUPER HOUSING KARONG MGA PANAHONA KAY MAY SUPER TYHOON, BASIN MAPALID ANG IYANG SUPER HAIR, MOSAMOT SIYA UG KA SUPER KALBO UNYA MOUDHAK PA GYUD ANG IYANG SUPER UBO… TUNGOD KINI UG ALANG SA IMONG… SUPER REGION! HEHEHE! :-)

  13. CONG.CHONG,
    ANG PONDO SA 60B SUPER REGION PROJECTS NI PGMA..GARAPALANG IYANG GIANGKON NGA IYA DAW siningtan..hehe katawa ko nimo cong chong..UG GIPAPILIT PA GYOD SA SUPER-TARPULIN NGA TIG 20,000PESOS…KANIADTO ANG GIPAHIMO NGA WAY KALAINAN ANI NGA PONDO SA ro-ro port? wala gayod ko kakita nga naay nawong sa mga espina…KARON,BISAG ANG GILAAN SA CENTRAL OFIS NGA PONDO NGA PA rehab. sa biliran bridge,gipahimoslan gyapon pod ni cong chong..hehe..KATAWA MAN LANG KO NING HITABOA RON UY!!! NAGKA TURO TARPULIN NALANG TA ANI…ang akong kahibulongan kay sa GUARDRAILS/traffic signs NA GANI ANG HISGOTAN WALA NAY say si cong.cjhong..wala napod tarpulin…ug naa pa kanang iyang gilaanan nga kabarangayan ug minlyong pondo nga pangandam daw ni charlie chong sa iyang kandidatura…DIIN GI BODBORAN LANG SURFACING..SUFACING MATERYALS..KAY no project amount nga makita sa tarpulin ni cong chong? gi lipat=-lipat lang gayod ta aning way baruganan nga kongresistang intsik alyas usik-usik sa cdf pmalit ug /skol bus/mobile clinic/skol bgs/skol uniform..guardrails/traffic signs..surfacing..

  14. S ths what u call values and principles u r talkng about Saba Diha? Read out d blogs above r they folowing certain values or christian practice, dnt b too hypocrite… My blog/statement atleast follow values than that of others…Evil s w/us and 8 s undeniable, we’re tempted to do hs thng, so what nt use evil to make good, yes, money s the root of all evil, but we want d root nt d evil, dnt b blinded by ur principles, be open minded…

  15. Oyyy UTIP Blog # 18 Gibaton na kini nga imong anunsyo ngari sa blog.. Balikon ko gunggong….. GITAOY NA INTAWON KINI NGA IMONG BALIK BALIK NGA ISYU.

  16. Hilom improve your grammar first before you post your blog in here… Your justification does not coincide with what you have blogged in your posted # 7’s rebuttal.

    It goes to show how stupid thinking you have in terms of using politicians to get your own way.. and in getting your thoughts heard… you failed to convince us why you have to resort to such a political gimmickry… You made yourself the laughing stock of those who believe that the common good does not condone to the practices you are preaching in here.

    I don’t have time to unravel your crooked thoughts.

  17. U have an attitude.,.and that attitUde reflects on ur name as blogger or worst even…hehehe,… U tel me i have crooked thoughts, but look at d ideas u r blogging here…does s nt came from most crippled Mind? Dnt u knw that n chinese “gunggong” s d most evil term attested to a person,…

  18. Stop name calling…. You have nothing but your mouth to be proud of… Gunggong…. I believe it is suited to yourself because your blog doesn’t convince us to believe you.

    Your rebuttal made made laugh….why? it still full of nonsense dear.. take it from your donor… They know how to hide their true colors than you do….. Your blog is as sick as your thoughts.

  19. Blogger # 22:

    Attitude wise.. I think it is deserved to be addressed as thoughtless in hear… Imagine using the politicians for your own personal end..

    Is it wrong for us to react your provocative and impartial judgment? Are we crazy enough not to subscribe your uncalled for gesture towards a contest that is suppose to be non-partisan?

    Is it unethical for us to correct you on your perspectives towards said contest?

    Your reaction as far as I can see it is insensitive to what the objective of the contest.

    Sakitan diay ka for the fact that we have reacted of your wrong motive for the said contest…

    At the end of the day si kinsa ba diay ang imong ginaloko nganhi? I don’t think you can fool us of your whims and alibis.
    I am very sorry for I cannot accept your haoshiao justifications… It sounds like Utip to me…. Have you dig that well coz it sucks!.

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