San Pedro Got Smart Talent 2013

Local dance group The One bagged the grand prize in the first ever San Pedro Got Smart Talent 2013 held at San Pedro Town Plaza, February 17.

The boys wowed the judges and the audience with their gravity-defying stunts and kick-ass choreography inspired by modern vampire mythology.  For a glimpse of this world-class performance, watch the video below.

Grabbing second place is a lad from Barangay Landayan (sorry forgot his name!) who sang an a “kundiman” song.  He grew up listening to this kind of music from his grandmother. You can watch his performance in this video.

Finally, the third place wen to Kid’s Club, another dance group.  I didn’t see them perform but here’s a photo of them with their trophy.

Kid's Club - San Pedro Got Smart Talent 2013

Kid’s Club – San Pedro Got Smart Talent 2013

The San Pedro Got Smart Talent 2013 contest is one of the highlights of the Sampaguita Festival 2013 and was sponsored by Smart Communication. To view other videos related to this festival, click on the link below:

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Sampaguita Festival 2013

Sampaguita Festival 2013 - San Pedro, LagunaSan Pedrenses are in for a festive treat for the next two weeks as  our beloved town celebrates Sampaguita Festival 2013 from February 11-24. An annual celebration, this festival showcases the talent, beauty, and athleticism of the youth in San Pedro, Laguna.

Events to look foward to include the Children’s Mardi Gras (February 16), 2nd Sampaguita Cheer Dancing Competition (February 16),  San Pedro Got Smart Talent (February 17), Mr & Ms Young San Pedro (February 19), Sampaguita Festival Grande Parade (February 22), and the Ginuman Fest (February 23) sponsored by Ginebra San Miguel. All these events will be held at the San Pedro Town Plaza.

Sampaguita Festival 2013

For a complete list of events for this year’s festivities, please refer to the image below.

(Note: Events taken from a calendar of events found in the Mayor Calixto R. Cataquiz’ page.  But since the image was unreadable, blogger decided to create one of her own)


Sampaguita Festival 2013 Schedule of events

Miss Gay 5 Prettiest 2010

Boom Reyes, a.k.a. Maricar Reyes, won this year’s Miss Gay 5 Prettiest title in a pageant held at the Liwasang Bayan in San Pedro, Laguna on December 25, 2010. This 24-year old beauty pageant  veteran wowed the judges and the crowd with her feminine physique, talent and quick wit.

I can only wish I have that body.

The runners up were Francine Garcia, a.k.a. Paris Hilton. (2nd place); Mariane Arguelles, a.k.a. Kim Chu (3rd place); Ashley Marie Futori , a.k.a. Marian Rivera ( 4th place); and Kristine Anna Futari (5th place.). I’m sure you are thinking that these can’t be their names but let’s give the ladies a break. They all did marvelous during the pageant, showcasing their talents and assets in casual wear, long gown, and swim wear.

Blue looks good on her, doesn’t it?

Choosing the five prettiest gays of the night were Belen Advincula, a former high school principal turned owner of a recruitment agency; award-winning haristylist Nonoy San Juan, manager of Salon 28; Warren G. Antaran, professional stylist and creative director if Textures and Tones Salon; Angel Villanueva Mejia, owner of Salon 29 and co-owner of Angel Salon; First Hofileña, international hairstylist and senior board member of Gay Illustrada Association; Mary Rose Gandionco, a Marketing student at PUP San Pedro and a beauty queen in her own right; and Ma. Lourdes Casacop, registered nurse and a beauty queen in her own right.

They remind me of the gays in White Beach

Other candidates who did not make it to the top 5 but were equally amazing in their efforts were Jen Marie Aquino (Bianca Manalo), Angel Lopez (Katrina Halili), Krisanta Marie Futari (Jackie Rice), Frncheska Kate Lozano (Charlene Gonzales), Ligaya Mayumi Aquino (Izza Calsado), Aico Garcia (Jewel Mish), Casey Mendoza (Anne Curtis), Pauline Sytangco (Ruffa Gutierrez), and Channe Mendez (Trisha Mendez).

Go for gold!

Take note that not all of these candidates are from San Pedro, Laguna. Some hail from as far as Quezon City to join the pageant and become one of the Miss Gay 5 Prettiest. This beauty pageant was hosted by Alvin de los Reyes and was brought to us by Gay Illustrada Association of San Pedro, Laguna and is one of the most successful presentations in this year’s Paskuhan 2010 lineup of events.

miss gay san pedro

Special thanks to Joseph Aman, the overall organizer of the event and member of Gay Illustrada, for providing me with information regarding the event. Watch out for my feature on Gay Illustrada and its activities for 2011, including Ginoong San Pedro.

1st Mayor Calixto R. Cataquiz Youth Festival 2010

Yesterday, December 18, teenagers from different barangays of San Pedro, Laguna gathered at the San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sports Center in San Vicente for the The First Mayor Calixto R. Cataquiz Youth Festival. This year’s theme “AKTIBONG KABATAAN, AKTIBO SA PALIGSAHAN, HAHANGAAN KAHIT SAAN,” reflects the youthful vitality that has marked Mayor Cataquiz’ administration.

san pedro laguna

Aside from the sporting events, there were also various exhibits and family-friendly activities for visitors who went to the Youth Festival. These include the Car Show, Art Exhibit, Photo Exhibit, Airsoft, Gunshow, Bonsai Exhibit, Pet Shops, Clown and Magic Show, Giant Maze, Face Painting, Wall Climbing, Photowall, and Photobooth.  The Dance Competition started at 6PM. The highlight of San Pedro Youth Festival 2010 is the FREE concert which happens today, December 19. It will feature one of the best rock bands in the Philippine music industry, Rocksteady.


I encourage every San Pedronian to please like the San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sports Center in Facebook to get updates on the festival and other events and activities at the center. I intend to check out the place after the festival and see if they really offer FREE Taekwondo, karate, aerobics and gymnastic lessons to everyone.