CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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A day to be feminine

HONG KONG (SE): Patriotic sentiment filled the parish hall at Notre Dame in Ma Tau Wai on June 9 as the celebration of the Pistahan sa Nayon (Festival of the Village) 2016, an annual event organised by the Simbayanan-KAMMPI Hong Kong, got underway.

For a group of women employed in the domestic sector of the city, who are often told by their employers not to dress up either at work, during outings with the family or on their day off, it is an opportunity for an expression of femininity and the chance to look their stunning best at a fun day out.

The theme of this year’s event stressed patriotism and love for country, with the celebration built around the well-known and much loved song, Bayan Ko (My Country).

The finely dressed entrants in the Mutya ng Pistahan (Pearl of the Village) contest then put their best foot forward with their own personal renditions of the song, after which they paraded in their elegant evening gowns, each of which was a labour of love, as every community got behind their representative to collect the bits and pieces required to fulfill the challenge of the creative use of scrap products.

Coloured styrofoam, old newspapers and magazines, plastic spoons and melted down CDs were among the many items used creatively in decorating the intricate needle work that went into each creation.

People came in their Sunday best to give themselves a chance in the Barong and Filipiniana costume contest among the audience.

The Philippine National Anthem heightened the sense of nation and Rosario Araquil, the president of the KAMMPI, gave the welcoming address.

The judges’ verdict is always one of the most fun parts of the day and this year the third prize went to Maria Teresita Gallardo, from the St. Thomas English-Speaking Group. She also received the Best in Gown and Best in Talent Awards.

Clarita Reclamado, from the Apostleship of Prayer, was the runner up and Edmarie Florante, from Sacred Heart Canossian, was crowned the Pearl of the Village for 2016. She was also voted Miss Photogenic.

Mutya ng Hilaga (pearl of the north) went to Agnes Torres, from St. Peter and Paul Community; Mutya ng Kanluran (north, south east and west) went to Andrea Boneto, from the Holy Family Filipino English Community; Mutya ng Silangan (central) went to Nova Obcianal, from Notre Dame; Mutya ng Mindanao was claimed by Maria Corazon Castillo, from the Mother of Good Counsel Saturday Group; Mutya ng Visayas went to Angelita Roma, from St. Francis Community; and Susan Cupal, from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, took out Mutya ng Luzon.

The community from Notre Dame was voted the most supportive group of the day, while the second prize went to the St. Francis English Community and the third to Mary of Good Counsel Saturday Group.

The best in production for the day was awarded to Angelita Rama, from St. Francis English Community, while the best in presentation was scooped up by Maria Cristina Castillo, from the Mother of Good Counsel Saturday Group.

Father Ronnie Gicalao, the parish priest of Notre Dame, opened the day with a concelebrated Mass with Father Rodolfo Jacobe and Father Mark Anthony Serna.

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