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Tinagba Festival 2014: The most colorful and meaningful ever

Iriga City – If we always look forward to the annual Tinagba Festival in this city, it’s because we want to see how Irigueños better themselves in terms of creativity and imaginativeness. They always come up with new and interesting concepts, always outdoing themselves every year. We’ve always admired their colorfully-designed floats, and most of all, their moving  choreography – the participants’ performances alongside their respective floats – which we admit, we always find difficult to judge.

BEST TINAGBA 2014 float, ‘The Legend Of The Ilang-Ilang’

BEST TINAGBA 2014 float, ‘The Legend Of The Ilang-Ilang’

TINAGBA DANCERS

TINAGBA DANCERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, this year, in the first Tinagba Festival under the new mayor Ronald Felix “Gang-Gang” Alfelor, we found the floats more colorful especially at night when enhanced by electric lights. They are more meaningful, too, because of this year’s theme: “Tinagba Festival 2014, Where Legends Come Alive!” Each of the competing floats carried images from iconic Philippine folk tales.

Easily the best among the floats was the one entered by Cluster C (made up of Barangays San Agustin, San Andres, Perpetual Help, Cristo Rey, Sta. Maria and Niño Jesus) which was named “The Legend of the Ilang-Ilang.” We adjudged it the best even before the start of the parade.

IRIGA CITY Mayor Ronald Felix Alfelor (3rd from right) with from left Franco Belas, Shirley Halili-Cruz, Douglas Nierras, Angeline Quinto and Jake Cuenca (Photo by Ariel M. Reyes)

IRIGA CITY Mayor Ronald Felix Alfelor (3rd from right) with from left Franco Belas, Shirley Halili-Cruz, Douglas Nierras, Angeline Quinto and Jake Cuenca (Photo by Ariel M. Reyes)

Cluster C romped off with two other awards: Best Streetdance Parade/Moving Choreography and Best Festival Showdown/Exhibition. By the way, the judges were Douglas Nierras, Shirley Halili-Cruz, Franco Velas, Dindo Balares and this writer.

Entertainment being integral to the festival, Mayor Gang-Gang (who is the younger sibling of former mayor Madeleine Alfelor-Gazmen) invited his and his wife Grace’s favorite stars, Jake Cuenca and Angeline Quinto, to perform for Irigueños.

During dinner, Mayor Gang-Gang shared with us his plans for his beloved city including a proposed call center, which his sister initiated, aimed at employing 500 of his constituents. They’re refurbishing the old municipal building to this end. “We’re now in the process of making a loan from the DBP to finance the project,” he said. Other projects concerns agriculture, it being the principal source of livelihood of Irigueños. He also like to introduce the city’s 36 barangays to organic farming.

 

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‘The Borrowed Wife’ Cast Graces Bacolaodiat Festival

An estimated crowd of 6,000 Negrenses were treated to an exciting Kapuso experience via the Kapuso Night held on Feb. 1 at the North Capitol Road in Bacolod City.

FROM LEFT: Pauleen Luna, Rafael Rosell and Camille Prats

FROM LEFT: Pauleen Luna, Rafael Rosell and Camille Prats

Featuring performances from “The Borrowed Wife” lead stars Camille Prats, Pauleen Luna and Rafael Rosell, the event served as the highlight of GMA Network’s participation in Bacolod City’s version of the annual Chinese New Year merry-making aptly called the Bacolaodiat.

Earlier that day, Camille and Rafael discussed with members of Bacolod media their respective roles in “The Borrowed Wife.” Asked how she will react should the unfortunate events in the life of her character Sophia happen to her, Camille said, “Oh my gosh. I’m going to lose my mind! ’Yung role ko kasi dito is confused, she has amnesia, so she’s in search of herself once again.”

Camille added, “’Yung nangyari kasi dito, Rafael made a mistake of sleeping with Tessa (Pauleen), and if Sophia didn’t leave, hindi sana siya makikita ni Earl (TJ Trinidad), at hindi sana siya maaaksidente, etc. Siguro ’yung pinaka-lesson is that a simple mistake could actually lead to something big, big enough to actually alter your whole life.”

Highlights of GMA Network’s participation in the Bacolaodiat Festival will be seen in “Let’s Fiesta TV Special,” which airs on Feb. 23 via nine regional stations in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Dagupan, Ilocos, GenSan, Bacolod and CDO.

 

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‘Dreams Get Real’ By McJim

Win big cash prizes and be a recording artist through “Dreams Get Real” by McJim Classic Leather.

The competition is open to male college/university students (ages 15-22), whether solo, duo or group with a maximum of five members. They may also include female members but the majority must be male. All applicants must be of Filipino  lineage and currently enrolled.

Applicants must submit a CD recording of their original song plus a printed copy of the song’s lyrics. They must also submit an application form, photocopy of their birth certificates, proof of current enrollment, and one colored photo via ppresence@yahoo.com or hand carry it to Dream Get Real secretariat, Unit 5 Metrosquare No. 23 Scout de Guia corner Sct. Tuazon, Quezon City.

 

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Feb. 23, go to Estanislao Alinea, Lita Belisano, James Leyretana, Aisa de Ocampo Natividad, Norma M. Morante, Tessie Reyes, Armi Jarin, Carlito Domingo Ana Marie Tabora-Echevarria, Tin Constantino, Nung A. Ajihil, Eric C. Batalla, Joe Nery, Wilfred Ritona and Duriza Belen of Hawaii… Happy wedding anniversary to Atty. Joey and wife Loury Lina…

INTERNATIONAL rock star Arnel Pineda through his Arnel Pineda Foundation recently partnered with Puregold Price Club, Inc. in a special gift-giving event in Marikina and Laguna. This is part of Arnel’s effort to give back to Filipinos consistently supporting his endeavors. Arnel performed the official theme song of Puregold’s Tindahan Ni Aling Puring (TNAP) titled ‘TENkyu Po,’ in line with TNAP’s 10th anniversary last year. TNAP is gearing up for its 11th annual sari-sari store owners’ convention scheduled in May. Puregold recently opened Puregold Terraces, the very first branch of its chain of lifestyle stores in Fairview, Quezon City.

INTERNATIONAL rock star Arnel Pineda through his Arnel Pineda Foundation recently partnered with Puregold Price Club, Inc. in a special gift-giving event in Marikina and Laguna. This is part of Arnel’s effort to give back to Filipinos consistently supporting his endeavors. Arnel performed the official theme song of Puregold’s Tindahan Ni Aling Puring (TNAP) titled ‘TENkyu Po,’ in line with TNAP’s 10th anniversary last year. TNAP is gearing up for its 11th annual sari-sari store owners’ convention scheduled in May. Puregold recently opened Puregold Terraces, the very first branch of its chain of lifestyle stores in Fairview, Quezon City.