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This year’s fiesta has been a huge success with the preparations starting as early 

           as the month of May with the two-month long Community Clean & Green Drive.  From July 16-24, the usual novena/mass/procession tradition was observed. 

                The gay group held their activities in three dates with the Search for Miss Gay on July 19th, the Karantahan Contest of July 20th, and the Dance Contest of July 21st. 

                July 22 was a treat for boxing aficionados with the Bakbakan sa Bulusan held at the new municipal auditorium.  Ruelle Ferreras of Sitio Lubas, San Rafael emerged winner in the 6-round fight. In the 3-round category, the following gave the best of their punches (from first to ninth places respectively):: Bernardo Ferreras (Sitio Lubas, San Rafael), Alvin Fusieran (Sitio Lubas, San Rafael), Junie Fuga (San Jose), Jose Tigao (San Roque), Daniel Ferreras (Sitio Lubas, San Rafael), Gilbert Sesbreño (Sapngan), Mercorio Gacos (San Jose), Darwin Gacos (San Jose), and Miguel Gacos (San Jose)..

                At around 6 AM of July 23rd was a Bikathon.  Winners were:  Ian Cielo (1st), Eddie Refugio (2nd), Jomar Gacosta (3rd), Junnel Blasquiño (4th), and Alex Fragio (5th).  A consolation prize of P400 each was given to all the others who finished the lap.  At 8 AM, the civic parade around the poblacion commenced.  At 8 PM, the Beer Plaza featuring the KAKTOOZ Band back-to-back with the Royal Band officially opened

                During the vespera, July 24th, was a Drum & Lyre Competition wherein the venerable group from the Jose S. Reyes Memorial Foundation captured the top prize of P4,000.  Other winners were: Bulusan High School (2nd – P3,000), San Roque National High School (3rd – P2,000), and Buhang National High School (4th – P2,000)..  There was

 also an exhibit featuring the biggest suman ever made in town, of which Barangay Salvacion emerged the culinary expert of them all. 

                In the evening, the coronation ceremony for the reigning beauties took place.  Her Majesty Queen Ruby Din headed the line of beauties followed by her ladies in waiting -  1st Princess Anna Marie Gallinera, 2nd Princess Aileen Joy Gamil, 3rd Princess Christine Firmanes, and 4th Princess Sarah Gonzales.

                The traditional high mass on the feast day, July 25th, finished off the religious activities.  At 8 in the evening was the Barangay Night held at the municipal auditorium.  Awarding ceremony & raffle draws capped the activities. £ 


(with reports from Binoescañoespaño 7/04 and J. G. G.)


Vol. XVI No.3 (May - July 2004)

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