NAVAL, Biliran– After 12 years of absence, the province of Biliran has staged the Miss Biliran on Thursday, among the highlights of the provincehood celebration on Thursday (May 11).

Princess Felicity Lagmay of Cabucgayan was crowned as the Miss Biliran 2023 by Governor Gerard Roger Espina.

Lagmay, who bested seven other candidates representing their respective municipalities, was also awarded the Miss Talent and Miss Eloquence special prizes.

Miss Kawayan Alyza Cairo and Miss Caibiran Joyce Ann Mendoza were named as the first and second runners-up, respectively.

Cairo also bagged best in production number, best in terno, best in a swimsuit while Mendoza was named as Miss Photogenic.

Miss Biliran Faye Aragon got the Miss Congeniality and People’s Choice, while Miss Culaba Shaira Mar Dela Rosa received the best in municipal costume.

Among the judges were Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, Trade and Industry Regional Director Celerina Bato, and songwriter and composer, Lucien Letaba.

The holding of the Miss Biliran 2023 pageant, held at the gymnasium of the Biliran Island Province State University, served as one of the activities as the province marked its 31st founding anniversary on Thursday (May 11).

Biliran is the smallest province of the region composed of eight towns having been declared as a separate province from Leyte in 1992 thru Republic Act No. 7160.