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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Miss Apayao crowned Miss Cordillera 2023

Apayao, Philippines – The female bet of Apayao proved her competitiveness and prowess takes off not just in the provincial level, but also in the regional stage.

Reigning Dayag ti Apayao, Jazreal Jamila Enciso, 21, bested six other candidates to emerge as the new Ms. Cordillera Autonomy Youth Ambassador during the coronation night on Friday, July 14, 2023 at EKB Multi-purpose gymnasium in Pudtol, Apayao.

Jazreal is the second queen to grab the crown, next to Ms. Angela May Respicio of Abra, while Benguet male candidate Arnel Labisa, 22, succeeded first-ever Mr. Cordillera Autonomy Youth Ambassador Mr. Shawn Michael Barila of Kalinga.

Aside from winning the title, the young beauty likewise dazzled the audience with her glamour to be named Darling of the Crowd, Best in Creative Wear, Best in Autonomy Pitch, and Best in Production Number.

Winning Answer

Like the rest of the female contenders, Jazreal was asked the common question, “What are the challenges that the region is facing today and what will you say as a Youth Ambassador to help solve the problems?”

She took pride in stating her conviction that the lack of information dissemination on autonomy as the region’s problem it is facing today and as an ambassadress herself, she will be flexible and purpose-driven in applying her whole of society approach in implementing her program - ABEL: Acquiring Benefits, Enhancing Lives of Cordillerans.

This, she said, is so “we could empower the 3 Ps: People, Policies, and Progress.

“If we could achieve this, then we will have: first, comprehensive youth programs for youth are the hope of the future. We should empower them. Second, community responsive education. Education is the ticket for a better living. Third, supporting small scale businesses and organizations for 50% of us belongs to the marginalized sector. Fourth, sustainable development for agriculture for 70% of us are farmers and agriculture is the backbone of our society. Lastly, to promote eco-cultural tourism for the preservation of our culture heritage and protection of ecology,” Jazreal said.

“If we could achieve all of these, then we will be sure to have a Maginhawa, Panatag at Matatag na Buhay for all Cordillerans for one prosperous, one resilient, one inclusive Cordillera,” she concluded.


The runners-up this year’s search were given titles.

Rj Sean Maverick Claustro, 20, and Almie Jane Paned, 24, both from Abra were hailed as Mr. and Ms. Cordillera 2023 Autonomy Youth Ambassador for Alliance Building.

Godwin Bumosao of Kalinga and Kristine Dilao, 21, of Benguet won the Mr. and Ms. Cordillera 2023 Autonomy Youth Ambassador for Information and Education Campaign. Bumosao also garnered Best in Formal Attire.

Eddiemar Pacis of Apayao, 21, and Angelika Josierry Servinas, 23, of Baguio settled as Mr. and Ms. Cordillera 2023 Autonomy Youth Ambassador for Capacity Building. Pacis was given the Best in Autonomy Pitch and Mr. Best Speaker awards, while Servinas was recognized as Best in Talent and Best in Filipiniana.

Other winners

Ms. Maryjean Bugnosen, 24, of Mt. Province was named Queen of the Ramp, Best Arrival Look, and Best Speaker in the female category. Her male counterpart, Ran Jyle Dulay, 18, got King of the Ramp.

Ephryl Jan Tapyogon, 21, and Marvie Michelle Mitchell, 19, both from Ifugao were named Mr. and Ms. Flawless, respectively.

Jan Marveeno Palispis, 25, from Baguio City grabbed the Best Arrival Look (Male).

Other candidate was Ms. Kalinga 2023 Angelina Lhodievin Dupaya.


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