Lakan at Lakambini 2010

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Friday, March 5, 2010

THE Kalilangan Festival is the celebration of General Santos City?s foundation honoring its founders and pioneers led by General Paulino Santos. On its 71st year of cityhood, the Tuna Capital of the Philippines, led by Mayor Jun Acharon celebrates with the theme “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Embracing the Future.”

Every festival needs a king and a queen, and the Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City is no different. With the geniuses of Festival Director, Orman Manansala ( and Pageant Director, Dino Veloso, the Lakan at Lakambini ng Kalilangan 2010 was an enjoyable pageant to watch.

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The show started with the introduction of the candidates in their Kalilangan Festival attires. Each candidate presented themselves well with youthful vibrance which reflected well the energy and color of the Kalilangan Festival. The candidates also showed their poise and elegance in their colorful playsuits and glamorous Filipiniana attires by noted Filipino fashion designer Johnny Abad.

Abad, president of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines,
was also one of the members of the board of judges.

Also judging the pageant were Couniclor Meg Santos, Davao internet professional Angel Abella (, nurse blogger Lyle Santos (, and fashion and beauty blogger Brendel Balaga (

Prior to the pageant, a percentage of their scores were already given when they presented their talents in a pre-pageant event. The judges had a hard time in judging the contenders during the pageant as each youngster presented themselves well, eager to be the representative of General Santos City’s Kalilangan Festival.

It was during the casual interview portion that some candidates stood out from the rest. After the wit and intelligence of the vibrant and energetic candidates were judged, six competitors were declared as finalists.

Those who stood out from the pack were Lakan candidates David James Barbero, Jenel Labiana, and Gevic Romero. Among the ladies, Lakambini candidates Sarashvati Sarkar, Maureen Paolo, and Caroline Lim were picked to be finalists.

Special awards were also given to the candidates who stood out during the search month long duration. Jimmy Ortiz, Jr. and Maureen Paulo grabbed the Best in Talent Awards. Maureen also bagged the best in Festival Attire and Best in Gown prizes. Jenel Labiana grabbed the Mr. Photogenic and Best in Formal Attire prizes.

After all the special awards were handed out, the finalists sashayed on stage once again and prepared themselves to answer one final question which determined who the new Lakan and Lakambini would be. The final question was ‘How do you see General Santos City in five years and how would you contribute to this vision?’

Each candidate thoughtfully wrote out their answers and waited for their chance to share their ideas to the judges and the audience members. Caroline, with much poise and grace impressed the crowd with her vision of a much more developed General Santos City and her willingness to work hard with other members of the sector to work towards this vision.

It was, however, male contender Gevic, who won the hearts of many when he answered that he will work hard in promoting General Santos City through writing and blogging about its beauty and attractions.

At the end of the night, Lakan at Lakambini ng Kalilangan 2009 Ryan Reyes and Hermany Shaine Lara turned over their crowns and sashes to Gevic and Caroline. Jenel and Maureen got the first runner-up awards, while David James and Sharashvati got the second runner-up honors.

These six, along with the other candidates, truly reflect the best of General Santos City. In our stay there, long after the pageant was over and the winners were crowned, all the candidates exhibited their hospitality and kindness with wit and much energy to make our stay their enjoyable and worth remembering.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the other candidates! May you do well and continue to reflect the best of General Santos City.

Lakan lakambini 2010

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