MISS BICOLANDIA 2015 Winners (L-R) Candidate #1 April Ann Bigay from Pili, Camarines Sur (4th Runner Up), Candidate #9 Ma. Lina Prongoso from Iriga City (2nd RU), Candidate #3 Ara Isabel Diocos from Naga City (Miss Bicolandoa), Candidate #14 Princess Cecilio from Daet, Camarines Norte (1st RU) and Candidate #13 Francia Layderos from Albay (3rd RU) [credit to Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Naga City]
Miss Bicolandia 2015 winner, candidate #3 Ara Isabel E. Diocos (credit to Julie Demdam via Twitter, @juliedemdam)
In the Top 10 were candidates #2 Purita Fatima Onrubia from Camalig, Albay, #4 Crystal Rosehelly Alday from Naga City, #5 Krizzia Lynn Moreno from Naga City, #15 Ma. Nica Ombao from Pili, Camarines Sur and #16 Mary Angela Alcaide from Naga City.
Diocos is a 21-year-old BS Physical Therapy graduate from the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City and already passed the Physical Therapist licensure exam just last month. She won against 16 other lovely Bicolanas for the Miss Bicolandia crown, which was once worn by former Binibining Pilipinas titlists Yvethe Marie Santiago in 2012 and the late Melody Gersbach in 2008, as well as ex-Pinoy Big Brother housemate Casey Austria, last year's winner.
Other Binibini winners such as Venus Raj and Dianne Necio, and former PBB housemates Linda Backlund and Beatriz "Bea" Saw also joined this pageant before and emerged as among the runners-up (except Saw).
The Miss Bicolandia 2015 pageant, one of the highlights of the city's Penafrancia Festival 2015, was held at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum with TV5 talents Ritz Azul and Carl Guevara as host and guest performer respectively.
Meanwhile, the Ginoong Bicolandia 2015 pageant was already held (winner was Albayano Gerard Bonanza) as well as the Pretty Boy Bicolandia 2015, a pageant for teen boys (among winners was Nelson "Nins" Diocos, younger brother of the Miss Bicolandia 2015 winner).
[credit to Jonas Yu Photography]
GINOONG BICOLANDIA 2015 WINNERS (L-R): Aljin Belen from Pili, CamSur (2nd RU), Issa Janda from Polangui, Albay (Ginoong Naga City), Gerard Bonanza from Legazpi City, Albay (Ginoong Bicolandia) and Craig Philip Ronquillo from Naga City (1st RU)
PRETTY BOY BICOLANDIA 2015 WINNERS (L-R): Jhaylan Nicolas from Naga City (Pretty Boy Cher-Ami), Nelson Diocos from Naga City (Pretty Boy Naga City), Ivin Hortal from Legazpi City (Pretty Boy Bicolandia), Donatoray Christy (Pretty Boy Festival Prince) and JC Olavides from Tigaon, CamSur (1st Runner Up) (credit to Cass Guarnes Francisco)