Saturday, June 13, 2015, Mabuhay Festival celebrated the 117th Philppine Independence Day. This event recognized the significance of Filipino leaders and organizations for promoting a better life in the community. They also have singing contest, beauty pageant, and different community vendors.
CTFLC facilitated the Mabuhay Scholarship. The following are the Mabuhay scholarship recipients who received $500 each:
- Alyssa Ramos and Dona Gonzales from Morse High School
- Alonzo Escalante from Mar Vista High School
- Kamry Fields from Otay Ranch High School
Filipino Clothing Fashion Show
CTFLC showcased tribal clothings such as the Ibaloi dress for women from the Mountain Province of Ifugao and the Talaanding tribal dress for women from the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad. For the traditional clothing, women paraded different “kimona” blouses with different floral designs paired with “saya”, a traditional “Maria Clara” dress, a modern “Mestiza” dress or oftentimes called “terno”, and an Ilocano inspired “baro’t saya”. For men, they wore the “barong-Tagalog” made from “jusi” fibers. While the “models” were striding in the cat-walk, Dr. Ofelia Rayos, narrated the descriptions and information about the origin of the clothings.
“Ating Mga Bayani” Awards
CTFLC President Jacquilin Magat-Lapid, Bell Middle School teacher, was one of the recipients of the “Ating Mga Bayani” Awards for her outstanding leadership and commitment to serve the community.
In addition, Mabuhay Festival conferred upon CTFLC the “Ating Mga Bayani” award in recognition of its endeavors in the field of education and in the community.
Here’s the transcript from Dr. Ofelia Rayos’ description of attires and models:
- Jazmine Ferrer: pink gown with bodice filled with sequins, skirt made up of layers and layers of ruffles, and a matching parasol.
- Kayla Ferrer: bright crimson gown with bodice filled with sequins, skirt in layers and layers of ruffles, and a matching parasol.
- Jayjay Candelaria and Jayden Candelaria: traditional barong-Tagalog with a colored undershirt, (typifying the traditional and the modern), and a “salakot” on their heads.
- Mrs. Virginia Ferrer: black “kimona” accented with an elegant flower design intricately embroidered in ecru and with sequins and glitters, black sleeveless gown, which makes up the “saya”, and black umbrella.
- James Candelaria: traditional barong-Tagalog made from banana leaves fiber, and a white undershirt.
- Pat Alhambra: a modern version of the traditional gold “kimona” and skirt.
- Nita Lee: white “kimona” and printed “saya”.
- Jacquilin Magat-Lapid: pink “kimona” and black below-the-knee skirt.
- Rosalinda Falaminiano: Balintawak with a floral design in a red motif, with the traditional “balintawak” components-- baro (blouse), saya (skirt), tapis (wrapped around the body from the waist), and pañuelo (scarf or handkerchief).
- Salvacion de Vera: traditional Ibaloi dress for women: a blouse or upper shirt called “kambal” or” sadey/sadi”, a wrap-around skirt in red and blue horizontal design called divet or “tapis”, a samra in black and white checkers, which accents both the “kambal” and the divet, and a bright colored headgear.
- Farah Mendoza: Talaandig costume of blouse and skirt in the tribe's colors of red, black, and white, jewelries of beads with bells attached to create a jingling sound, and “tikos” from vines wrapped around her legs.
- Dolores Balane: a jacket of jusi-like sheer material with embroidery around the neck, down the front, across the hipline, all the way to the back, and on the edges of the three-quarter sleeves. This is a variation of the traditional “kimona.” The open jacket is worn over a basic full-length black dress that provides contrast and accentuates the fine needlework on the jacket.
- Reece Balane: “Kimona” with embroidery on the upper front and back and on the sleeves, pastel colored plaid skirt, which is full and bias cut, and a matching “alampay” on her shoulder.
- Aurora Cruz: Ilocano version of the “baro't saya” made from an “abel” (Ilocano cloth)- inspired material, a traditional Ilocano woven cloth handmade by women, The outfit is in Maria Clara style, with four components: a collarless waist-length, bell- sleeve top, a bubble-shaped floor-length underskirt, a floor-length paneled overskirt’ and a stiff, neck-covering called “pañuelo”.
- Grace Almazar: Traditional Maria Clara attire—a floor-length black and yellow paneled satin skirt, white collarless beaded waist-length, bell-sleeved “camisa”, and a stiff white beaded neck-covering called pañuelo, black ribbon with a medallion worn around her neck, and an abaniko, or fan, complete the outfit.
- Miguelita Candelaria: modern Mestiza dress, also called Terno, a stylized version of the “balintawak” and a sophisticated version of the “baro’t saya”. The green silk “terno” is adorned with sequenced lace.
- Romando Reyes: modern version of the barong-Tagalog--green jusi material with designs in shades of green, and a green undershirt.