I just came back from Naga City where I served as a judge at the Miss Gay Bicolandia and the Mr. Bicolandia, events done as part of the month-long Penafrancia Festival. Jack Hernandez of the University of Nueva Caceres gave two full Ang Ladlad college scholarships to two deserving contestants in the said contests. I was happy to help send two young people back to school again, thanks to Jack and to UNC.
Here are some initial photos, which shows me giving an impromptu speech at the Tomas Arejola Literary Awards at the Holy Rosary Seminary beside the Naga Cathedral. There I meet some old friends like the award-winning Kristian Cordero, the one with the K, who just won an NCCA Writers' prize.
What I like about Bicol are the people's religiosity and wicked sense of humor. Photos are from zhella monserate-manrique and her blog. Super hyper mega thanks.