In a few days, all roads will lead to the Freedom Park as the province hosts the biggest celebration of all, that of Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2017. This year’s theme, “Transforming NegOr Into a Sustainable Ecotourism Hub by 2025” lends itself to showcasing the many natural and cultural attractions the province is endowed with and the sustained drive to promote while conserving them at the same time for future generations to enjoy.
Mounting an annual event has one great challenge to the organizer: how to outdo last year’s staging of the festivities. But the Negros Oriental Tourism Council has always done that, making sure its hosting gets better, and guests and visitors get to experience something new every year.
Amlan is again participating; our annual support to the celebration is unwavering. We’ve produced winners in the past years, and we’re banking on this year’s entries to do the same. Our town is competing in the following events:
Miss Negros Oriental 2017 – Justine May Y. Racal – Proclaimed Miss Amlan 2016, Justine wowed the judges as well as the audience with her neo-classical ballet rendition during the Talent Competition where she made it to the top 5 in the Best in Talent category. (photo from Miss Negros Oriental FB page)
Buglasan Education Environment Tourism – Amlan DepEd District placed second in this event last year where school divisions compete to best each other in floats centered on the advocacy for tourism, education and environment.
Ukulele Ensemble Competition – Pupils from the Amlan Central Elementary School have weeks to practice and master their rendition of one of the most popular nursery rhymes, “May Palaka,” and a beautiful take of a local folksong, “Inday Kororoche.”
Minus-One Singing Duet Competition Bulilit Division – Dhanielle T. Solitana – a grade 7 student at the Amlan National High School whose ambition is to become a teacher, Dhanielle loves belting out songs of OPM artists. Asked to describe himself in one word, he replied, “happy.” Tracy Anne S. Merced – To help the poor in their medical needs, Tracy intends to pursue a career in Medicine while chasing her lifelong dream of becoming a professional singer. She is currently a grade 6 student at Bio-os Elementary School. Food of choice in the kitchen? “Adobong talong,” she quipped.
Rap Competition – Undefined Rhyme Familia (Alixes Rey O. Ruales, Jay Jhontoo A. Omay, Jhon Paullie O. Sunico) – The groups hails from Upper Jugno and will rap about going around the province to sample all the attractions in the aptly called song, “Suroy Ta Sa Negros.”
Minus-One Singing Competition Senior Division – Janet Sabanal – currently operates a homebased micro business, Janet does sing on special events during her free time. She also takes the vocalist role in the local band called Vendetta.
Minus-One Singing Competition Bulilit Division – Althea Clarisse Saguban – A grade 7 student at the Amlan National High School, Althea’s list of favorite artists includes Leah Salonga, Sarah Geronimo and Celine Dion. She wants to become a renowned chef someday.
Live Band Competition – Friday Acumen (Janreb R. Quinicot, Matthew C. Silorio, Rogel Benson, Junneil B. Petagara, Karl Xander B. Wamar) – Martt, Junneil and Karl are all LGU-Amlan employees, Rogel does part-time handyman job while Janreb is a college student at NORSU.
Hip-hop/Modern Dance Competition – Kei dela Cruz, daughter of LGU-Amlan’s Municipal Administrator, forms part of Lifestyle Group that will represent Amlan in this competition.
To all our participants, we wish you the best of luck!