The search for ‘Daragang Magayon 2015’

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 Daragang Magayon 2015 Carmella Michelle Guinto Dolmer (center) flanked by pageant runners up Francia Layderos, Christine Arnedo, Iana Villania, and Carmela Doma PHOTO COURTESY OF NESTOR DIONIDO

Daragang Magayon 2015 Carmella Michelle Guinto Dolmer (center) flanked by pageant runners up Francia Layderos, Christine Arnedo, Iana Villania, and Carmela Doma PHOTO COURTESY OF NESTOR DIONIDO

According to Albay’s legend, Mayon Volcano came to be from the deaths of Magayon (beautiful), her lover Panginoron (clouds), and his jealous rival Pagtuga (eruption).

Hailing from the tribe of Rawis, Magayon who is a fair daraga (maiden) captivated chieftains from other tribes including Pagtuga. However, she never reciprocated Pagtuga’s feelings for her until one day, she met Panginoron who had come from a faraway tribe.

Upon meeting, the two immediately fell in love, and soon, preparations for their wedding were in order.

When the news of Magayon’s impending marriage reached Pagtuga, he was hurt and infuriated, and ultimately forced to capture Magayon’s father to prevent the union from taking place.


Coming to his lady’s rescue, Panginoron fought and defeated Pagtuga. But as Magayon ran to Panginoron to celebrate their victory, she was struck by a stray arrow. Devasted, Panginoron failed to defend himself from Pagtuga’s aide who also killed him with a shot to the side.

Thus, what was supposed to be a joyous celebration became a tragic event for the people. As they grieved, they noticed that a beautiful and perfect volcano had risen on the site where Magayon and her two lovers were buried.

 Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay says the crowned beauty queen is the ‘modern day personification of Daragang Magayon’

Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay says the crowned beauty queen is the ‘modern day personification of Daragang Magayon’

To this day, whenever clouds cover Magayon, locals believe that Panginoron is teasing or kissing his lady. And when Magayon erupts, it is because of Pagtuga’s wrath of.

This tragic legend of love is still passed on from generation to generation, and the Albayanons remember Magayon, Panginoron and Pagtuga every year during the Daragang Magayon Festival.

Its 2015 edition, organized by Alabay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda along with the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) and the Magayon Festival Executive Committee, was a month-long event that ran from April 5 to May 5.

The festival was highlighted by the Search for the Daragang Magayon 2015, which culminated with a grand coronation night on April 28 at the Albay Astrodome.

Proving to be the much-awaited event of the festival, locals from different cities and municipalities, as well as from neighboring provinces, filled the arena to support their bets, all of Bicolano descent.

Gov. Salceda said of the candidates that they were “the fairest of the fair ladies who aspire to be the modern day personification of Daragang Magayon.”

Carmella Michelle Guinto Dolmer, a 17-year-old Bicolana who represented Vinzons, Camarines Norte won the coveted title. It is Dolmer’s mother who originally hails from Bicol; she on the other hand already grew up in Canada where her family migrated.

Dolmer told The Sunday Times Magazine that came home to Bicol just to join the prestigious regional pageant, and was thrilled to win the crown. Besides being hailed Daragang Magayon 2015’s queen, she also won Miss Telegenic and Miss Talent, and took home most of the sponsored awards.

Dolmer competed with 19 other candidates including 1st Runner-Up Francia Layderos, 2nd Runner-Up Christine Arnedo, Miss Daragang Magayon Turismo Iana Villania, and Daragang Magayon Almasor Carmela Doma.

The esteemed board of judges for the pageant included veteran actresses Eula Valdes, Angel Aquino and Jaclyn Jose, noted fashion designers Frederick Peralta and Jojie Loren, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, among others.

EUDEN VALDEZ

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