By: Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (6 January) – After all the excitement and fascination of the curious onlookers of the different awe-inspiring entries to the Christmas contests sponsored by in December of last year, winners were finally made known to the public in a simple yet memorable awarding ceremony held on December 29, 2008 at the Naval Gymnasium.

The Christmas contests which officially started on day one of December 2008 like the Most Decorated Street, Recycled Parol/Lantern Making, Most Lighted House and the Most Beautiful Belen were the first ever yuletide contests held in the capital town in the province of Biliran.

In an interview with Marlon Anthony Mecaral, Administrator of and the man behind the holding of the Christmas contests, he said people should be driven to make something that can inspire and make them happy despite hard times.

Mecaral added that he plans to continue the Christmas contests next year since he observed that people in Naval and the visitors were delighted to see the Christmas attractions which symbolized the ingenuity and craftsmanship of secondary students with respect to the Recycled Parol/Lantern Making contest as to how they made recycled materials into a work of art and also in the community residents for their creativity and cooperation extended to make the activities successful.

“I encourage more participants for next year’s Christmas contests since Congressman Glenn A. Chong promised during the awarding ceremony to give bigger prizes more than what the winners have received last year,” the young administrator of said with so much delight.

In the Most Lighted Street contest, Barangay Agpangi emerged victorious as it won first place with P15, 000.00 cash prize; 2nd place – Vicentillo Street of Barangay P.I. Garcia with P10, 000.00 cash prize and 3rd place – Barangay Talustusan with P5,000.00 cash prize..

A parol made of plastic bottles from the Naval School of Fisheries won the first place with a cash prize of P10, 000.00; 2nd place was an entry made of candy wrappers with P7, 000.00 cash prize and the parol made of junk food wrappers got 3rd place with a cash prize of P5, 000.00. The second and third place winners in the Recycled Parol/Lantern Making contest were entries from Lucsoon National High School.

In the Christmas Belen category, the Belen from Vicentillo Street got the Most Beautiful Belen Award with a cash prize of P 1,000.00 and the house of Mr and Mrs. Noel Napari of Vicentillo Street won the Most Lighted House contest with P1, 000.00 cash prize.

Non-winning entries that participated in the Most Decorated Street and Recycled Parol/Lantern Making contests received a consolation prize of P1,000.00 and a certificate of participation.

The board of judges of the Christmas contests were composed of Engr. Jorge Modesto, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist of the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry, Dr. Carmelino Bernadas, Education Supervisor in Science of the Department of Education-Division of Biliran, Professors Butch De Veyra and Erwin Salvatierra of Naval Institute of Technology and Engr. Jed Morillo, staff of Congressman Glenn A. Chong. (PIA-Biliran)


Rep. Glenn Chong
Mayor Susan V. Parilla
Vergie Adobo of UK

Mr. and Mrs. Butch Sese(nee Aida Mecaral-Sese)

Theresita Eamiguel
Navalian Association of America
Camille Borington of NJ
Jen Delvalle

Georgie Saba-Henderson of BC Canada
Joan Tabon-Greenwood of UK
Mr. and Mrs. Waren and Amparo Tainton of Brisbane Qld. Australia
Mrs Gloria Eamiguel:

Adrea M. Simon
Capt. Arturo Robenta of Brgy. Santisimo Rosario

Most Lanterned/Lighted House sponsored by
Mr. and Mrs. Waren and Amparo Tainton of Brisbane Qld. Australia

Marvins Sea Side Inn
Chona Maglasang from CA
Samy Sale
William Diu
Engr. Nards Madeja
Engr. Boy Ty Farma


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  1. First and foremost, my congratulations to our Mr. Marlon Mecaral for the success of his projects. Also, my thanks go out to the many considerate sponsors and donors that played a part of his projects.

    Secondly, I congratulate all the participants of the said contests, most especially the winners. Job well done! Last but not least, I would also congratulate my brother, Henry Dela Pena, for being a part of it all!!! I’m very proud of you, my brother!!!

    Jalmz, may I make a suggestion for your next x-mas contest? Please consider a carolling contest for school children, i.e., grade 1 only.



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