CAGAYAN de Oro City--A group of candidates of the Miss Earth 2019 beauty pageant embarked on a two-day visit to Misamis Oriental to tour some of the province’s tourist attractions.
The 14 candidates came from Austria, Italy, Croatia, Malta, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Paraguay, Kenya, Reunion Island, China, Tonga, India, Liberia, and Vietnam.
The beauties visited and planted mangrove at the Tubajon Aquamarine Park in Barangay Tubajon, Laguindingan town.
Later, the young women also toured the Initao-Libertad Protected Seascape and Landscape, a protected forest and one of the attractions of the province.
The aquamarine park has won the “Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan” awards of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, besting other contenders from around the country, in 2017.
Tubajon chairman Teodoro Oguis said they have been taking care of the aquamarine park and has opened to the public who want to enjoy its amenities such as bamboo cottages standing on clear seawater amid the 22-hectare mangrove forest.
“We want to maintain the pristine state of the aquamarine park as it is one of most beautiful tourist sites in Misamis Oriental,” said Laguindingan Mayor Diosdado Obsioma.
Lawyer Jeffrey C. Saclot, Misamis Oriental provincial tourism officer, said the local government welcomes local and international beauty pageant candidates as the province has so much more to offer.
“We have tourist attractions where guests can enjoy. It is one of the province’s treasures,” he said, referring to the Tubajon Aquamarine Park and the Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape.
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