THE FIRST ever Binibining Cebu will be crowned on Oct. 28. Among the ladies vying for the title are Mary Catherine Codilla of Lapu-Lapu City and Karen Laurrie B. Mendoza of Cordova. Here’s more of these lovely candidates:
Mary Catherine Codilla
City: Lapu-Lapu City
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, photography, creative writing, reading, playing musical instruments, making arts and design, promoting physical fitness, cosplaying and learning foreign languages
Job: Marketing officer at University of the Visayas New School of Arts and Design
Title: Miss Lapu-Lapu 2016
MARY Catherine Codilla had second thoughts joining Binibining Cebu but her mother convinced her that not everyone is given the same opportunity. Codilla is the official candidate for Lapu-Lapu City known as the “Historic Resort City” of Cebu.
“We’re very popular with our local and international tourists for our beautiful beaches, world-class hotels & resorts, and our hospitable locals. What a lot of them don’t know, though, is that this city also holds a lot of cultural and historical value,” she said.
Lapu-Lapu City was named after Chief Lapu-Lapu, defender of the island from the Spanish colonizers.
The city celebrates Kadaugan sa Mactan Festival every April. There is a historical landmark like the Liberty Shrine in Punta Engaño where you can find a big statue of Lapu-Lapu in his honor and the newly opened art gallery that features the unique history of the city, ancient artifacts, and local artists.
Oponganons are devoted to mother patron Mother Mary in Nuestra Señora Birhen de la Regla Parish. Lapu-Lapu City is also known for quality ropes and musical instruments like guitars and ukeleles.
Karen Laurrie B. Mendoza
Hobbies/Interests: Art, watching movies, biking, surfing, gardening, and cooking
Job: Cabin crew
BINIBINING Cebu is Karen Laurrie B. Mendoza’s first pageant since she first had to finish her studies.
Mendoza is the official candidate for the town of Cordova which is 20 kilometers away from Cebu City.
“Cordova is a versatile municipality from kind, smart and value-laden people, very religious with our patron saint. Sr. San Roque,” she said. The town is rich with marine life resources. The most famous is the bakasi or small eel.