It was drizzling that Monday morning of September 26 and the atmosphere all around town was a bit gloomy. Despite all the unfavorable weather, Loboans gathered in the first day of the celebration of the 140th Foundation Anniversary of Lobo.
Supposedly, the Alay Lakad 2011 should have commenced the day but an assembly in the municipal gym was held instead due to Typhoon Pedring’s ‘early visit’.
This event was put up to hold the Search for Ms. Alay Lakad 2011 where 26 candidates representing the barangays of Lobo competed for the title. But the more important objective of the event was to raise fund for out-of-school youths and indigent children of Lobo. The search’s prime drive is to give assistance to the underprivileged young members of the society.
And so all eyes were glued on the stage as Ms. Alay Lakad 2011 candidates ramped on stage, donned in an all-white casual pieces of wardrobe. Camera flashes here and there. Cheers and applause filled the venue. The show is officially on.
The 26 candidates were cut down to the Top 5 finalists. They were chosen according to their remittance (50% of the scoring percentage) and beauty (the other 50%).
Before the announcement of the Top 5 finalists, special awards were given. The candidate with the biggest amount of remittance was Candidate #25, Ms. Banalo who remmitted P37,600 and was hailed Ms. Alay Lakad Charity. The three other special awards – Ms. Teen Tourism, Ms. Honey Beach, and Ms. Jollibee – all went to Candidate #15, Ms. Fabrica.
Afterwards, the Top 5 finalists were chosen:
Candidate #7, Ms. Poblacion – Mary Ann G. Borbon
Candidate #9, Ms. Tayuman – Cheryl B. Flores
Candidate #15, Ms. Fabrica – Charmaine D. Macatangay
Candidate #17, Ms. Masaguitsit – Krystel Anne C. Concepcion
Candidate #25, Ms. Banalo – Erika Veneece L. Ilagan
Then the dreaded question and answer portion followed. A few minutes after the last question was answered by Candidate #25, Ms. Banalo, the judges forwarded the results.
This year’s Ambassadress of Youth is Candidate #15, Ms. Fabrica – Charmaine D. Macatangay. And the title of Ms. Alay Lakad 2011 was awarded to Candidate #25, Ms. Banalo – Erika Veneece L. Ilagan.
Congratulations to these two lovely ladies! To the MSWDO, we would like to say kudos to you as well for the success of this charitable event.
A part of the celebration of the 140th foundation day of Lobo is the Kasalang Bayan (Mass Wedding).
28 couples, replete with wedding gowns and barongs, were happily married by Mayor Efren Diona at the covered court in Lobo, Batangas. Families and godparents of the newlyweds were also in attendance.
Town councilors and officers of Philippine Statistics Office gave advices on how to attain a happy married life, the importance of family planning, and securing of personal documents such as birth and marriage certificates.
The PSO officer of Occidental Mindoro, Charito Armonia, who was supposed to be the guest speaker for the gathering, was not able to attend due to schedule of conflicts.
However, she did manage to send a speech which furthered on the importance of civil documents and reminded the newlyweds that registration of birth and marriages is a mandate of the government. Her speech was delivered by Ms. Rosenda Bagay, PSO Head of Batangas.
“Baka naman kasi mahirapan kayo makakuha ng death certificate kasi wala pa kayong birth certificate,” half joked Councilor Sulit in his speech.
Fortunately, the couples would no longer find a hard time in fixing their documents as employees of the local statistics office are on site.
To the newlyweds, may you have a blissful married life ahead of you. Love well, folks! 😉
Click here to view more photos of the Search for Ms. Alay Lakad and Kasalang Bayan in our Facebook page.
Other stories from the 140th Foundation Anniversary of Lobo, Batangas:
(1) Photo Contest and Logo and Tagline Making Contest Results
(2) Lobo Got Talent
(3) Launching of Agro-Ecotourism Industry and Declaration of Lobo as Atis Capital of the Philippines
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