Here is the official statement of the Apple Tree Hotel and Resort regarding the issues that hit Cagayan de Oro recently on the Mister and Miss Pancontinental beauty pageant.
Apple Tree Hotel and Resort
The New Zealand representative of the Mister and Miss Pancontinental 2015 International Pageant, Nicole Harding, made a hasty exit from the pageant. In light of the controversy surrounding her exit and due to our involvement in the pageant, ATRH is releasing this official statement.
We signed into agreement with the event organizer, Blue Circle Events and Management Inc., to accommodate them on November 22-25, 2015 granting that we can only offer the available rooms due to prior guaranteed bookings. Nonetheless, we agreed to host the pageant’s Swimwear Competition on November 24, 2015.
At the time of their arrival on the 22nd, the group came from an overnight stay in a bed & breakfast hotel along Corrales Ext., Cagayan de Oro City as mentioned by the Organizers.
We warmly welcomed the group, composed of the contestants accompanied by their country directors, and working committee of the pageant, in the evening of November 22, 2015 (Sunday).
In Apple Tree Resort and Hotel (ATRH), the group conducted rehearsals and blocking for the pageant in the evening of November 23, 2015 (Monday). On November 24, 2015 (Tuesday) the Photo Session commenced and was followed by the Swimwear Competition at 10:30 AM and the Resorts Wear Competition, at 6:00 PM.
All members of the group were billeted in ATRH’s Lanai and Deluxe Superior Rooms. Both room categories have a spacious room size of 26 square meters and more-than-adequate furnishings.
All of the group’s activities within ATRH, including rehearsals and blocking, Photo Session and Resorts Wear Competition, were coordinated, well-assisted and well-staged.
Our staff put extra care into attending to the needs and security of both contestants and working committee.
They left ATRH on November 25 at 4:00 PM to transfer to a hotel in the city.
Throughout their stay, the group was given the excellent attention and service that ATRH is known for.
While the competition went smoothly, pre-production was allegedly not as smooth.
Up until November 22, the final date of the competition was left unconfirmed by the event’s Cagayan-based organizer, Lourdes Stanley. Ms. Stanley gave a November 23 date while Project Manager Cheryl Macale gave November 24 for the Swim wear Competition.
Our constant follow-up to Ms. Stanley ended with her promise to see us on the eve of November 22. Unfortunately, she didn’t come.
The pageant’s Manila-based Host Country Organizer Mylene Miranda arrived to intervene early in the evening of the 22nd. It was through her that we finally received the details promised to us by Ms. Stanley.
We would later find out that this and other inconsistencies were due to a “disconnect” between Ms. Miranda and Ms. Stanley.
While we cannot comment on anyone else’s behalf, we wish Ms. Miranda well in seeking light for the alleged anomalies caused by her local counterparts.
For the sake of local tourism and Cagayan de Oro’s credibility, we have faith that the local government and tourism sector will investigate and clear this issue.
As Cagayan de Oro’s premier beach resort, Apple Tree Resort & Hotel will continue to deliver its guarantee of personalized and sincere service, as we did to the contestants and working committee of the Mister and Miss Pancontinental 2015 International Pageant and all other guests that we have had the pleasure of welcoming.
Photo credits to Apple Tree Hotel and Resort