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WLC’s bet is again this year’s Tugob Festival Queen

ORMOC CITY – It’s a bumper week for the Western Leyte College (WLC)! First, the good news that nine of its accounting graduates passed the Certified Public Accountant’s licensure exams, said to more difficult than the Bar. Second, for the second year in a row, the WLC’s bet for the city’s Tugob Festival Queen was hailed fairest of them all just few minutes after midnight on October 18, 2012.
Last year’s WLC’s Tugob Festival Queen 2011 Charmaine Perez relinquished her crown to schoolmate, contestant no. 9 Princess Diane Mercado who is also the reigning Ms WLC. WLC this year represents the Fish contingent.
Mercado outshone the others in her 3-minute production presentation, awing the crowd with her dominantly orange coral-filled costume. Her blue top and green headdress complimented the wide skirt studded with coral-shaped decors. She also got the cheers of the audience for being the only candidate who brought many props onstage, with other dancers tastefully wearing fish, crustacean, and other marine life costumes.
She romped away the Best in Production Presentation. She also bagged majority of the special prizes, cornering four out of seven awards. She was also named SMART’s Executive Choice Award, Best in Production Number, and Festival Queen Photogenic.
Completing her court were contestants no. 3 Kathleen Sofia Dy of STI and contestant no. 12 Aileen Flores of the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU)-Ormoc Campus as 1st and 2nd runners up, respectively.
STI this year represents Sand and Gravel while EVSU represents sugarcane.
Dy also garnered the Best in Solo Performance. She literally occupied the dance floor, not minding other fellow candidates during their solo dances. Her costume was predominantly black and silver, from her toe the headdress.
The winners were awarded cash and a customized trophy. The Tugob Festival Queen took home P20,000 while the 1st and 2nd runners up got P15,000 and P10,000, respectively.
On the other hand, contestant no. 5 Aura Tumulak from the New Ormoc City National High School (NOCNHS) bagged two of the special prizes. She got the SMART’s Texters Choice Award and the Best in Festival Costume. NOCHNS represents livestock this year and their queen romped down the floor in a gold and orange get-up, made striking with gold laces and orange feathers.
Prior to the pageant, the contingents and the city officials gathered early evening of October 17, 2012 for a torch parade and the ceremonial lighting of the Tugob Festival Cauldron. They walked all the way from the city hall down to the city plaza.
The lighting of the cauldron was spearheaded by city officials led by mayor Eric Codilla and the Tugob Festival Committee led by Engr. Joseph Frederick A. Pepito of the Ormoc Builders Association (ORBA). It was the opening ceremony of the festival.
Tugob is a Visayan term for abundant or bountiful. This year, the 12 contingents showcase 12 products and resources identified as having contributed to the growth of the city: sugarcane, vegetable, fish, sand and gravel, coconut, rootcrops, livestock, pineapple, rice, water, steam, and flower.
Through a drawing of lots, the contingents are assigned a product or resource. Sugarcane went to EVSU; vegetables to the Sto. Niño College; fish to WLC; sand and gravel to STI College; coconut to AMA Computer Learning Center and root crops to the Ormoc International Polytechnic Academy.
Other contingents come from clustered schoos. Livestock is represented by Cluster 1 composed of the Ormoc Central School and the NOCNHS. The Ipil National High School (Cluster 2) got the pineapple. Cluster 3 (Dolores National High School and Tongonan National High School) for rice; Cluster 4 (Lilo-an National High School, Manlilinao National High School, and Margen National High School) got water and Cluster 5 (Valencia National High School, Cabingtan High School, Genaro B. Lureñana National High School, and Rustico Capahi Senior Memorial High School) got steam. Lastly, flower is represented by the Linao National High School.
This year, the city government “institutionalized” the Tugob Festival through city ordinance 174 enacted on July 19, 2012, establishing it as the official festival of Ormoc to be held every “Adlaw sa Ormoc” or its Charter Day anniversary every October 20 and creating the Tugob Festival Foundation. P 3-million from the city funds was allotted for this year’s Charter Day celebration.

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