by Homer R. Jajalla
MISS IVY Mirzi T. Javier has been chosen as Miss Mahinog Tourism 2009 during the pageant night at Mahinog municipal gym on May 7, 2009.
Miss Javier is the daughter of Ariel Javier and Ruby Tabasa from Benoni, Mahinog. She is 17 years old and incoming 2nd year student in BS Business Administration at Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City. Ivy will represent Mahinog to the annual search for Miss Camiguin Tourism this coming Camiguin Lanzones Festival in October.
As the reigning Miss Mahinog, Miss Javier will be the Mahinog’s official ambassador of goodwill and will be actively involved in promoting the town’s rich culture, arts and tourism and instills a spirit of community involvement among the youth. She also won the eco tourism essay writing contest which is part of the competition.
Other winners were: Ira Joy J. Sasil, 1st Runner Up Miss Mahinog-Mantigue Island; Loryvic Jo. G. Macamay, 2nd Runner Up Miss Mahinog-Macao Spring; Mae Shela T. Alingasa, 3rd Runner Up Miss Mahinog-Taguines Lagoon; Dara E. Caslam, 4th Runner Up Miss Mahinog-Queobe Eco Park.
The pageant was part of the highlights of Mahinog town fiesta celebration last May 7-8, 2009.
In his welcome address, Mayor Alex Jajalla said that since “Mahinog” comes from the word “hinog” which means to ripen, it can be well said that Mahinog is really blossoming into a model municipality ripe with great potential and opportunities.
“Those of you who have been to Mahinog before will quickly appreciate how much and how far Mahinog has changed today. Mahinog’s pace of development has largely improved in terms of infra structure, environment, cleanliness and beautification, peace and order, tourism, trade and commerce, economic and livelihood opportunities and good governance.”
The mayor further stressed that Mahinog is blessed with its scenic spectacle, both natural and man-made adding that “the municipality is ripening or bursting with incomparable God and Man-made designs like our Mantigue Island which we fully develop into an eco tourism site as our way of preserving the environment and restoring the island’s glorious past.”
He concluded: “ug unsa ka katam-is, katahom ug malamboon ang lungsod sa Mahinog ug ang iyang katawhan… ato kining mahulagway pinaagi sa mga matam-is, matahom, mapahiyomon kaayo nga mga kandidata karong gabhiona… mao kana ang lungsod sa Mahinog… I therefore welcome you all to the clean and beautiful town of Mahinog, our Town, our Pride, we Care. (Mahinog Municipal Information Office)