NAGUILIAN, La Union – Fourteen candidates representing this town’s various villages will be competing for the annual search for ‘Miss Naguilian Basi’ on February 18 to be held at the plaza auditorium, where a beauty pageant will be staged to select the basi (wine) queen and her court.
The beauty contest is part of the 10th Basi Festival and the town’s 177th Foundation Anniversary celebration.
The candidates are the following: Joanna Marie Rimando, Mylene Viray, Junilyn Valdez, Bea Blanca Loada, Leslie Diego, Junea Mae Junio, Bienalyn Benitez, Emilyn Abubo, Jenilyn Careon,Frances Nicole Mandia, Rashel Bambalan, Jonryl Anne Navora, Orlyn Tabas and Alpha Lerma.
The yearly event is designed to discover local talents and give them opportunities to compete in national and international beauty contests, according to Joel Macanaya of the JMJM Production, co-chair and over-all director of the said pageant.
Fiesta activities feature a drum and lyre competition among elementary and high school students, who will parade around the business district on February 18. Other events marking the event will be a boxing show pitting boxing bouts among local pugilists on February 13 and a dog show on February 14 to be held at the civic center arena here.
Other activities are the launching of projects such as the Naguilian mini-hydropower plant at Mamat-ing bridge; the Naguilian cemetery at Brgy. Lioac; ground- breaking ceremony for the planned Naguilian Central Transport Terminal along the Riverside national road.
Mayor Reynaldo Flores said that the festival is was part of the 177th Naguilian Foundation Anniversary celebration, with the slogan “Tattan! Naguilian” (Right now! Naguilian) featuring the town’s cultural tradition. It will also showcase One Town, One Product (OTOP) “basi”, a local wine fermented from sugar cane juice which made the town famous.
“The festival will also promote health consciousness and awareness through physical exercise like Zumba fun walk which will be held at plaza auditorium where residents and visitors can participate,” Flores said. ERWIN G. BELEO/northboundasia.com