>> Quirino@59: the 59th Founding Anniversary (Fiesta 2008)
This year’s celebration of our barangay’s founding anniversary is peaceful and more entertaining and enjoying as expected of an activities-packed program. If not with the continuous downpours, the event would have been one of the best fiestas we Quinoys have ever had. Thanks to the Miss Quirino 2008 beauty contest, the crowd-roaring boxing tournament, the orderly organized basketball league for men and women and the come-back of old time favorite cycling and parlor ingredients like the palo-sebo and sack race.
AYA ISABEL TEH is Miss Quirino 2008. After many years since the batch of Miss Quirino-awarded Jing-Jing Bergonia, this year’s Festejos has paved way to bring back this showcase of Quinoy beauties, making it a glowing welcome for the three-day affair. Rains continued to upset the program proper but it did not stop the spectators from coming to witness a show that they missed watching in many years. Aya Isabel Teh, showing a gallant pose, intelligence and beauty, grabbed the title of Miss Quirino 2008. Josephine Eda was the First Runner-up and Janine Fagyan, Second Runner-up.
Vintage Beauties. Who says that they have no place in the present day fashion or are incapable of contributing to Fiesta colors and our barangay’s developoment? Not to undermine the reserved energy of our elderly, these three members of the Royal Highness also actively went through an income-generating race which would help improve their organization’s projects and our barangay as a whole. This year’s top earners in the recent senior citizens’ popularity contest were: (From left) Dominga Peña, Second Princess; Josefa Hungriano, Mrs, Senior Citizen; and Rosita Galande, First Princess.
The Queen, Mrs. Josefa Hungriano continues to lead a good example as an active member of the Senior Citizens in our barangay. Everytime we had a conversation, Apong Soping to me and to many, the oldest Ronquillo standing, would always emphasize her dream of a more progressive and united Quirino in her remaining years ahead.
Video of Miss Quirino 2008 Production Number. Please bear with the low quality of the video. It was a capture with N73 about 10 meters from the target, with my hand holding an umbrella to protect myself from raindrops. I was kinda shy to grab a seat at the tented area closer to the stage. CLICK HERE TO WATCH ALL THE VIDEOS
THE PAGEANT RESULTS
AYA ISABEL MEMITA TEH. (Candidate No. 4) Miss Quirino 2008; Best in Production Number; Miss Close-up Smile; Darling of the Corwd;
JOSEPHINE FLORENDO EDA. (Candidate No. 5) First Runner-up; Best in Swimwear; Best in Gown
JANINE J. FAGYAN. (Candidate No. 2) Second Runner-up;
LANELY ROSE BOLANTE. (Candidate No. 1) Miss Congeniality
PIA DONNA EMOCLING. (Candidate No. 6) Miss Photogenic; Miss Body Beautiful; Best in Talent; Miss Peace
JONALYN H. SAZON. (Candidate No. 3) Miss Charity
MARY JANE NISPEROS. (Candidate No. 7) Miss Hope
RIVER ALLEY (The Debucao-Quirino Basketball Team) fails to enter semifinal. Surprisingly, this Riverside team did not make it to be in the final game to watch on the Fiesta day proper afternoon games. They did not even reach the semifinal. The slide show below presents actions in their hard road to avoid a loss and getting eliminated. I was able to watch this exciting game between our own River Alley and Bayanihan Bulls. Both were seeking the berth to stay in the tournament where the team of 48th IB just advanced to a twice-to-beat position in the finals after “gunning” down the Baler team. And so the game came into that breathtaking moment. River Alley’s possession of the ball on a turn over, about 8 seconds left in the game, they are up by 1, 74-73. Bayanihan put their best defense in that inbound and succeeded in stealing the ball and luckily triggering a foul from the single-point-ahead River Alley, with only 5 seconds left in the game. The River Alley bench was elated and thankful the thrower did not put that ball in for that two shooting opportunities, but not with the offensive rebound and a jumper that made that two-point basket just before the gametime expired, reversing the score situation and giving the win to Bayanihan Bulls.
Rains threatened to paralyze the whole of Fiesta activities starting from the pageant night. But the show had to go on. The officials did not lose hope and remained determined to give wholesome entertainment and enjoyment to our kabarangays. Rains also discouraged me to go to the plaza that second night for the Cultural Presentation and Tuklas Talino so I can’t give some details but pictures on the said event.
God is really good! Unfriendly rains spared the Fiesta day parade and the main program, which was emceed by the author together with Mrs. Minor. Probably this gift of a little sunny weather is also a Divine way for the religious leaders of different sects, to be able to successfully come together for the ecumenical prayers for our barangay, which was the first part of the program. Supposed guest speaker of the day, Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo was a no-show in the program but she was represented by the provincial administrator, Mr. Alex Ocampo.
Brgy. Capt. Onasis Ronquillo delivers his opening remarks. Thanks the people of Quirino for supporting his leadership, and gives some sort of information on how this barangay came into existence and also opening the bid for the creation a new municipality that would establish Quirino as its center
Mayor Ariel Bitong giving his inspirational message. “Darating ang araw na kayong mamamayan ng Brgy. Quirino ang magpapasya,” he said on the move to make the southern barangays of Maria Aurora separated from the mother municipality he is governing.
Drum & Lyre Basang-Basa sa Ulan. In the afternoon of the Fiesta day proper, rains continued to drench the floor for the performance of the ECRMNHS Drum and Lyre corps, the champion in the recent municipal level competition in celebration of Maria Aurora’s Founding Anniversary. The QES version had performed and passed safe from those raindrops.
Boxing became the favorite event in this fiesta. Credits to Mr. Wilson Oropilla for initiating and managing this tournament, with support from the Festejos and Brgy. Officials, the judges including a veteran, Mr. Gerry Magdirila, announcers Benedict dela Torre and the author, bell ringers and timers manned by Kagawad Lando Ato, and others. And now, the winners’ cards: Flyweight, Romeo delos Trinos (Maria Aurora); Light Flyweight, Romynick Gonzales(Baler); Pinweight, Romnick delos Trinos(Maria Aurora); Paperweight, Clinton Virrey (Baler).
Cycling is an old fiesta sport in Quirino. Eversince, this bicycle race has become an attraction to spectators, giving a sort of excitement, and overcrowding the street sides around the central Quirino. In this speed and endurance contest, Kgd. Orlando Ato is always the officer on the road.
“Naughty” weather also did not miss spoiling that evening of the Fiesta climax. The situation discouraged me again and put us to sleep instead. It was already 4 a.m. when we noticed that the rains were gone and the playing band’s sound already supreme on the air. We still tried to catch up with the party to have a little glance of the situation and somehow fill my obsession of the live band. A wasted chance indeed. Blame it on the rain.
I hope that somehow you enjoy the photos and slideshows I uploaded here. To have a clearer view on a large size, just click on the photo, or for slideshows click on the slide to get on slide.com then select the thumbnail of the photo you want to view. You will also notice that a black subscribing interface would at a time cover or interrupt the slideshow. Just exit this black window thing to continue. Please bear with the low quality of the videos. They were only captured thru a N73 phone. CLICK HERE TO WATCH ALL THE VIDEOS
With special thanks to “Aerosmith” for taking all the photos; and to Niknok’s Computer Shop for giving me a line for prompt uploading and publishing.