Eveline Chainus Guirey, First Igorota Beauty Queen

Eveline Chainus Guirey, born in 1902 in Gumatdang, Itogon, was the first Igorota beauty queen who made a sensation in Manila. In 1915, a Benguet Carnival was planned to promote the advancements made by the mountain region. At just age 13, Chainus was selected to reign as the Benguet Queen, the youngest beauty ever in the history of the carnival. She became a major attraction of the fair, drawing crowds of up to 8,000 people. As part of her royal duties, Eveline was invited to go to the 1915 Manila Carnival with her court. Her presence elicited tons of buzz as she came with her squad of beauties in their traditional green and purple silk dresses and gold adornments rarely seen in Manila. After her graduation from public missionary school, Eveline was handpicked by the school director to take nursing courses at St. Luke’s Hospital in Manila. Sadly, she contracted turberculosis and passed away in 1920 at the age of 18. Schools were closed, classes were suspended and a large crowd including major government officials attended her funeral. A decade later, a motion picture theater was established on the main road in Baguio City and named Alhamar-Chainus in her memory.

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