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WLC is Tugob 2014 Champion

Alexa Matuguina is WLC's Festival Queen.

Alexa Matuguina is WLC’s Festival Queen.

WESTERN LEYTE COLLEGE (WLC) is this year’s Tugob 2014 Festival champion, besting 11 other contingents, and hauling most of the prestigious minor citations during the festival showdown on the 67th Adlaw sa Ormoc last October 20.

Their queen, Alexa Marie Matuguina, was also hailed fairest of all the 12 Festival Queens.

The good news for WLCians does not stop there. Just 4 days before, they received the news that they had seven passers of the October 2014 licensure exams for Certified Public Accountants.

They are Lalaine Aviles, Noime Bating, Maria Celeste Costa, Jonalyn Laurente, Mary Grace Marquez, Yvonne Grace Oliverio, and Sheena Yap.

It was learned that as Tugob 2014 Festival Champion, the WLC depicted “Vegetables”.

As this year’s champion, WLC got a trophy and P 50,000.00 cash prize.

School authorities clarified that the cash prize was actually only P 50,000.00, contrary to the P 200,000.00 as reported by some media outlets. Emmanuel Fiel, WLC executive vice-president, said the remaining P 150,000.00 was “seed money” from the City Government, to help the contingents with the preparations, practice and props. WLC’s contingent had 240 student-participants.

P 80,000.00 was released to all 12 contingents after the first organizational meeting, said Archibald Gablino of the WLC, while the remaining P 70,000.00 they got a day after the contest. The remaining P 70,000.00 “seed money” or “financial assistance” to all contingents was only announced a week before the showdown, he added.

All contingents, including the non-winners, got their top ups of the additional seed money after the awarding.

WLC was also named Best in Choreography, Best in Costume and Best in Street Dancing.

The second placer was the New Ormoc City National High School (NOCNHS) which depicted Flowers. They got P 40,000.00 in cash prize and the remaining P 70,000.00 financial assistance or additional seed money.

The third place went to Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) which receive P 30,000.00 cash prize and the additional P 70,000.00 seed money.

The Tugob Festival has been institutionalized as the city’s official festival by the last administration. Every year, it gets a regular funding of P 1-million which is included in the city’s annual budget.  Organizers can also access additional funds from a P 2.5-million allocation for “culture and arts.”

Tugob means abundance. The festival has 12 contingents depicting 12 abundant resources that the city has. Aside from Vegetables, these are Rootcrops, Flowers, Livestock, Fish, Sand and Gravel, Coconut, Rice, Water, Pineapple, Sugarcane and Geothermal. This is the festival’s 5th year.  By Lalaine M. Jimenea

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