Boholana beauty queen Karen Gallman gets engaged to longtime boyfriend

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Boholana beauty queen Karen Gallman gets engaged to longtime boyfriend

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Scene: Tessie Jaya-Pagdato, proprietor of Tessie’s Sweets & Pastries passed away, her daughter Ines announced on Tuesday, June 14. Tessie’s Sweets and Pastries began in 1999 in Baclayon town, known as the pastry capital of Bohol. Tessie’s Sweets and Pastries offers tourists the experience of making their bestseller, broas (lady fingers). In 2008, Tessie was interviewed on GMA’s “100 % Pinoy” hosted by Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quimbao for her ubi (purple yam) jam which remains one of Bohol’s favorite delicacies. She shared her secret that boiling the ubi is not the most nutritious option because some of the vitamins are lost into the cooking water.  “Just steam the ubi without losing its nutritional content,” she said.

Scene: This (surprise) announcement from Rammel Cagulada, chief of staff provincial board member Dionisio Victor Balite: “After having been silent for quite a time, I am now disclosing without fear of contradiction, that Hon. Board Member Dionisio Victor Ancog Balite, Ph.D. has accepted with profound humility the Boholano people’s persistent clamor for him to run as the next VICE – GOVERNOR of the Province of Bohol!”

Scene: Boholano film producer/writer Achinette Joy Villamor during the Gawad Urian 2018  (her film, “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness,” won the Best Picture): “They call us a third world country. That is wrong. What they should call us is Previously Colonized Country. We are not behind Europe and the U.S because we’re poor, lacking in resources, or just slow in development. We are behind them because every decade we devoted our labor, resources, and land to developing their country is a decade we could not use developing our own. Colonialism is evil, and in the present time, there is no bigger symbol of colonialism than those three bells that the U.S took from Balangiga. Those bells belong to us. We have the right to ask that they be returned because they belong to us. Let’s bring those bells home.”


Scene: The command visit of PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at the Bohol Provincial Police Office on Friday, June 16.  Albayalde conferred the coveted PNP Medalya ng Kagalingan (Medal of Merit) to some Bohol police for their heroism. For service of warrant of arrest against the Most Wanted Person of Central Visayas  Emigdio Aparece Jr.: PSupt Gaylord Tamayo, SPO1 Justeofino Hinlayagan, PO3 Enrico Tayactac, PO2 Jose Felicisimo Rebosura, PO2 Arlene Manatad, PO2 Jonald Jungco, PO1 Martin J Asucan, PO1James D Montalban and PO1 Gil E Mesiona (SWAT PMFC);  PO3 Junre Calvo, PO2 Jessie Cepedoza and PO2 Enrique Cepedoza (PIB Bohol), PO3 Julius Buyan (Danao Police Station), Technical Sgt. Sandy Uy (PAF Personnel); and Major Dennis (17ISU, ISG, AFP) ; for buy-bust operation conducted against Rey Jacquese AraÑa in Panglao, Bohol:   PSINSP Romas Labasbas, PO3 Reynante Buntag Fucolan,PO2 Nelson Bacarisas Macaraya, PO2 Nerio Loretero Guioguio, PO2 Gimmel Fernando Olegario, PO1 Jerson Sotomayor Entice, PO1 Junzin Roy Quijada Albano, PO1 Rommel Roy Lamdagan Villareal, PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) SOU 5 personnel, PIB personnel and Maritime Police Unit personnel; and for buy-bust Operation against John Gerald Anson, of Magsija, Balilihan, Bohol who was listed in the PNP’s drugs watch list as newly identified “drug pusher”: PSupt Patricio Degay, Jr., P03 Jonathan Argao,PO3 Clyd Lagumbay, PO3 Benjamin Ceniza Jr., PO2 John Butch Epile, PO2 Ray Neil Bibat,  PO2 Delfin Goloso, and PO3 Ignacio Inojales, PO3 Ruel Robles, PO2 Raffy Jotojot and PO2 Wanie Dotillos of the SWAT Team.


Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman will surely remember June 2018.

The beauty queen who hails from Ubay town got the surprise of her life as her Australian boyfriend Ian Garton, chose the month of June to propose to her.

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Does this ring make me look engaged? 🙈 #Engaged

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Karen  posted on Instagram a photo of herself and Ian, wearing her sparkling engagement ring.

She wrote, “WE ARE ENGAGED!  Two weeks today, the love of my life asked me to marry him..I said YES of course!  Thank you for making me the happiest girl on the planet, I am so blessed to have you in my life. I love you with all  my heart,” adding the hashtags #engaged #forever

Karen’s Instagram feed showed that two love to travel. Just recently, they were in Santorini, Greece.

Karen was born in Barangay Fatima in Ubay town to Gavin William Gallman, a retired Australian soldier, and Ubay native Editha Bayonas.

She spent her childhood days at Barangay Bood before she migrated to Australia at age 8.

She first joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2012 at the age of 19 and made it to the top 12 of the national beauty pageant and was also named Miss Photogenic of the batch.

 Before trying her luck again in Bb Pilipinas 2018, she worked as an operations analyst in a company in London for two years.

Last April, VRS covered Karen’s homecoming. She was lovelier in person when she spoke to us in her thick Bisaya accent.

She said her mother Editha trained them to speak Bisaya and embrace the Boholano way even if they were living in Brisbane, Australia.


Parishioners wear black ‘to express deep sorrow and indignation’


Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, recalling the deaths of three Catholic priests in the country in six months, remarked that “it is costly to follow Jesus.”

Uy mentioned this during the Mass held at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral on Friday for the slain priests.

The bishop said priests are not enemies but are gifts God has given to guide people.

“Ang mga pari gasa sa Diyos para sa iyang katawhan. Dili sila atong kaaway, sila ang nagmatuto ug nagpalambo sa pagtuo sa Diyos,” he said.

Some 3,000 people, wearing black shirts “to express deep sorrow and indignation,” participated in the Mass.

On June 10, Fr. Richmond Nilo was shot dead inside a chapel while preparing to celebrate the Sunday mass in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija. He was the third Catholic priest to be killed in the Philippines in the past six months.

Prof. Marianito Luspo who attended the Mass noted that violence and crime happen in many Catholic countries.

“It happened in many so-called Catholic countries because if people do not stand up and say enough then we shall have enabled evil to prevail over us,” said Luspo.

“That’s why I am here because the church calls for my presence here. I can always lend my little voice for the voice of grief, the voice of sadness and above all, the voice of protest that this is happening at all,” added Luspo.

Meanwhile, in a resolution passed during its session last Thursday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol also condemned the murder of the priests.


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