Miss Pilar Bohol A Beauty Queen

Laruche Joice Bantiles of barangay Buenasuerte of this rice granary
town has been adjudged as Miss Pilar 2010 during the 49th Foundation
Day celebration December 28-29, 2010 by five-man board of judges.

This came as Mayor Wilson Pajo called for more unity and thanked his
flock for 99% active participation in all activities for the town's
big event by barangay officials and private sectors.
Bantiles, who may not be able to participate to the Miss Bohol
Sandugo 2011 for her being a minor at 14, also grabbed the Best in
Talent plum, besting 20 other candidates during a separate pageant
night, said overall coordinator Bert Jaspe in an interview.
Miss Haizel Queen Pore of barangay Aurora got the first runner-up
award while the curvaceous Riza Ayop of barangay Del Pilar settled for
second runner-up. Ayop also got three other awards ---- Best in
Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Miss Photogenic.

Miss Mutya Reyes of barangay Estaca and Miss Mae Ann Soriano of
barangay Ilaud claimed the 3rd and 4th runners-up prizes,
respectively.

Mayor Pajo and Amabelle Refugio, Miss Pilar 2009, don the crown on
Bantiles during the program attended by the jam-packed crowd that
ended past 12 midnight on Dec. 28, 2010.

Former vice-mayor of Guindulman Marivic Golosino, Ms. Mae Remedios C.
Virtucio of Bohol Island State University, Ric V. Obedencio, Insp.
Raul Bustalino of Bureau of Fire and Totsie Escobia, head of Effective
Development Communication of Governor's Office composed the board of
judges.

Among the guests of honor are Rep. Pastor Alcover, Jr of the Alliance
of Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) party-list and Gov. Edgar M.
Chatto during the main event last Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2010).

The birthday of the municipality started with a mass and parade from
the Church to the municipal hall participated in by municipal and
barangay officials and private citizens with the PNP, PIlar Motorists
Association, Pilar Central Elementary School drum and lyre corp, Pilar
Tech-vocational high school drum and lyre corp, Pilar Elementay
teachers, Pilar High School and the general public.

Awarding of certificates of recognition to outstanding Pilarnons also
highlighted the foundation affair following the fellowship lunch and
Christmas program for the municipal officials and employees in the
evening.

After several years of working as a registered nurse (RN) in the land
of opportunities, the USA, he went back to school and finished his
both Master of Science in Public Health Nursing (MSPHN) and Master in
Business Administration (MBA) degrees at the University of Texas at
Brownsville - Texas Southmost College (UTB-TSC), Brownsville, TX where
he earned the university's highest Scholastic Achievement Awards.

His experience at the PNAA, Inc. started when he became one of the
founders of the Philippine Nurses Association of Texas - Cameron
County, Inc. (PNAT-CC, Inc.), a PNAA local chapter, in February 2006
in Brownsville, TX. He was subsequently elected as its first and
founding President. In 2007, he started the annual Spirit of
Nightingale Awards (SONA) that is running on its fifth year now and
established the PNAT-CC, Inc. Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund for
undergraduate and graduate nursing students of UTB-TSC.

Earlier this year, he collaborated with the current HNU's College of
Nursing Dean Ruvih Joy P. Garrote, MN, RN to establish the very First
Educational Program for Nurses of Tagbilaran City that was held in
January 5, 2010 at HNU's Nursing Skills Laboratory.

As a true believer in education, he is pursuing his doctoral degree in
nursing practice to continue his interests in nursing research being a
future nurse scientist. (LEONIDES