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Ibalong Festival 2008 Street Presentation

November 4, 2008

The Ibalong festival Street Presentation was held last October 30, 2008 along the main streets of Legazpi City.

Legazpi celebrates Fiesta, Ibalong Festival

November 4, 2008

LEGAZPI CITY- Legazpenos celebrated their fiesta and welcomed the return of the Ibalong Festival with much funfare characterized by month-long festivities. Among the highlights of the celebrations were the CEBIKA Art exhibit; Agri-Fair; 1st Ibalong Airsoft Challenge; Mayon Trail Run; Drum, Lyre and Bugle Competition; Brass Band Competition; Fiesta Parada de Legazpi; the Mutya ng Ibalong Pageant and the Street Presentation of the Ibalong Epic.

The 1st Ibalong Airsoft Challenge featuring 25 teams from Sorsogon; Naga City, Camarines Sur; Daet, Camarines Norte; Legazpi City; Polangui and Daraga, Albay was hosted by Cagsawa Airsoft Tactical Company and was held last October 26, 2008 at the Bicol University grounds. It was co-sponsored by the Saint Agnes Academy Batch Grade School ’80 and High School ’84. The challenge gave cash prizes ranging from P3,000 to P10,000 aside from recognizing the most honest, most disciplined and best in uniform teams.

The Mayon Trail Run was sponsored by the JCI Legazpi and was conceptualized to promote awareness of Global Warming.
The Fiesta Parada de Legazpi Band competition was won by Legazpi City High School- 1st in the High School category; 2nd place went to Felix Alfelor High School while 3rd place went to Dominican School of Pilar, Sorsogon. In the Elementary Division, the winners were 1st- Iriga Central school; 2nd- San Isidro Elementary School and 3rd- Bagtang Elementary School.

However it was the Brass Bands of Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC), Mariners Baras and Legazpi and University of Saint Anthony (USANT) which was the main attraction of the Legazpi Parade aside from the Miss Earth beauties who anchored the parade. Mariners Baras showed why they were the best marching band in the recent Penafrancia Military Parade while USANT showed Legazpi why they were the best majorettes in Bicol for this year aside from being the overall champion in the Penafrancia Military Parade last September in Naga City.
In the Mutya ng Ibalong Pageant, Patrixia Sherly Santos of Daraga, Albay was this year’s fairest. Dianne Necio was 1st runner-up while Catherine Lagrimas was the 2nd runner-up. The coronation night was held at the Albay Astrodome in Legazpi last October 29, 2008.

The highlight of this year’s Ibalong festival was the Street Presentation of the Ibalong Epic and 14 contingents from all over Bicol participated and vied for the hefty cash prizes. After the smoke of the battle cleared, Camarines Norte State College was the Overall Champion. For the minor category, Legazpi City High School was adjudged the Best in Sound. Camarines Norte State College was Best in Costume. In the major category, Best in Moving Choreography winners were: 5th- Bulan National High School; 4th- Pagasa National High Shool; 3rd- Legazpi City High School and the Champion was Camarines Norte State College who won P100,000.

In the Exhibition category, 5th- Tabaco National High School; 4th- Pagasa National High school; 3rd- Banquerohan National High School ; 2nd- Legazpi City High School and Champion was Camarines Norte State College who pocketed P200,000.

Truly, the month-long festivities of the Ibalong Festival was one happy occassion for the City and its residents, the business community and the events winners who trained and worked hard to to claim the glory they rightfully deserve. It is also a tribute to the various sectors, too many to mention- who worked hard to make the month-long festivities meaningful and successful, worthy of another encore.

Mutya ng Ibalong 2008 Candidates Unveiled

October 23, 2008

LEGAZPI CITY- Twenty lovely and talented beauties from all over the Bicol region were presented as the official candidates of the Mutya ng Ibalong 2008 during the Press Conference held at the Venezia Hotel Clubhouse, Tuesday night. The Mutya ng Ibalong was revived after a two-year hiatus and is chaired by Mrs. Geraldine Barrameda Rosal with famed couturier Rene M. Salud as Project Director.

Overall, 6 candidates who made it were from Legazpi City, 3 from Daraga, 2 from Sorsogon City and 1 each from Naga City, Tabaco City, Masbate City, Tigaon, Nabua, Sto. Domingo, Buhi, Polangui and Guinobatan. The official candidates for the Mutya ng Ibalong 2008 are as follows:

Bessie Lucido, 21 2) Shindy Ortal, 20 3) Angela Amador, 17 4) Micah Altea Cabaero, 18 5) April Santillan, 22 6) Paula Angelica Jasareno, 18 7) Lizi Louise Resoles, 18 8) Catherine Lagrimas, 19 9) Casey Anne Austria, 16 10) May Ann Balingbing, 19 11) Crisandra Berces, 21 12) Jessica Biasca, 20 13) Sarah Syed, 19 14) Harijane Chua, 22 15)Dianne Necio, 16 16) Kelly Obligacion, 18 17) Ma. Rochelle Perez, 20 18) Patrixia Sherly Santos, 16 19) Jane Banares, 19 20) Ma. Rochell Ruth Rebeta, 18.

The winners will receive P100,000, P75,000 and P50,000 for Mutya ng Ibalong 2008, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up respectively. The Miss Photogenic, Miss Friendship, Miss Talent and the Best in Swimsuit will likewise receive P5,000 each plus trophy. The Best Bicolano Gown Designer shall receive P8,000.

The Talent Show will be on October 22, 2008 at the LCC Activity Center. The Swimsuit Competition will be on October 26 and the Gown Competition will be on October 27 at the Pacific Mall. The Pageant night will be on October 29, 7pm at the Albay Astrodome. It will be hosted by Paolo Bediones, Tintin Caballero (Mutya ng Pilipinas 2002) and Miss Jean Harn (Miss Earth Philippines 2007).

Mutya ng Ibalong Chairperson Mrs. Geraldine Rosal said that she wants to give the girls national exposure with the help of Project Director Renee Salud, a famous couturier who is also behind the Mutya ng Pilipinas pageants. She supports and shares the candidates’ aspirations to uplift their lives. She added that with the help of everybody including the media, the pageant will be successful.

Ibalong Festival Reborn

October 11, 2008

Legazpi City- The City of Legazpi promised a more colorful and exciting Ibalong Festival 2008 highlighted by the Mutya ng Ibalong Beauty pageant and the Street Presentation on October 29 and 30 respectively. The search for the Mutya ng Ibalong will be chaired by Mrs. Geraldine Rosal with the able assistance of famed couturier Rene Salud and will showcase the beauty and talent of the Legazpena. The Street Presentation promises to be a colorful and lively spectacle that will start at Penaranda Park and end at Pacific Mall grounds by way of Rizal Street and the Legazpi Centro.

The Ibalong Festival was revived this year following its’ shelving the past two years due to the devastation wrought by successive super typhoons that hit Legazpi City and the Bicol region. The festival proper will be from October 25-31 according to Mr. Alan O. Ranola, this year’s Festival Chairman of the Execom but he added that there will be other side activities from October 1-24 that will feature entertainment shows, educational, cultural, sports and religious activities and the Legazpi Port Fiesta. The festivities took off with a motorcade along the city streets last October 1, 2008.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal in his statement during the soft-opening thanked all the stakeholders especially the private and business sector who shouldered most of the expenses of the different activities of the festival. “A concerted effort will make Ibalong Festival a resounding success,” he concluded.

Click here to view Ibalong Festival 2008 Schedule of Activities