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Wanderlust | Camiguin celebrates 40th Lanzones Festival

This story appeared on Page 13 of the October 30, 2019 issue of Mindanao Times. To download a copy, visit www.bit.ly/MindanaoTimes

Rain or shine, the streets of Camiguin were packed with excited spectators last Saturday, October 26, as contingents gave their terpsichorean best for the street dancing and ground presentation competition.

Camiguin vice governer Rodin Romualdo

The said events, one of the highlights of the 40th year of the Lanzones Festival, gathered 8 groups from local government units, government agencies, as well as schools in the island province of Camiguin.

For the street dancing competition, Yumbing National High School with the support of the business sector and national agencies won the top plum, followed by Fatima College of

The festival highlights their top produce, the lanzones

Camiguin supported by the contractors group and the congressional office; Camiguin National High School supported by LGU Catarman; LGU Mahinog supported by Columbia St Michael. Parish HS, Sixto A Abao National High School, Mahinog National High School; and Mambajao National High School supported by LGU Mambajao.

For the ground/tableau presentation, Yumbing National High School also won the top place, followed by LGU Mahinog, Fatima College of Camiguin, Mambajao National High School, and Camiguin National High School.

Mutya ng Buahanan 2018 and her court

Special awards were also given to LGU Mahinog for Best in Costume “Bai ta Buahanan and Best in Costume “Datu ta Buahanan”. Yumbing National High School won the Best in Costume Contingent, Best in Musicality, and Best in Props.

By evening, Camiguin also crowned its new Mutya sa Buahanan Cris Antonette Teaño and her court, 1st Runner-Up Marla Alforque, 2nd Runner-Up.Sheena Mae Balansag, 3rd Runner-Up Nice Lampad, and 4th Runner-Up Ciara Riveral.

One of the contingents during the ground presentation at the sports complex

Other festival events include various sports competitions, variety shows featuring Manila celebrities, bands and DJs, trade fair that features a free lanzones-all-you can, among others.

The “diwatas” or forest nymphs play a significant role in island’s legend

While it grows in other parts of Mindanao, the sweetest lanzones can only be found in Camuguin, thanks to the island’s rich volcanic soil. So sweet, locals call it the “fruit of the gods”.

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