By Vanessa B. Ramos
A farmer from Baggao Cagayan was proclaimed as Mr. Agriyamanan 2012 during the celebration of the Aggao Nac Cagayan 2012. Mr. Wilfredo Gazmen, a 60-year-old farmer proudly said that he brought up children who are now professionals through farming.
“Hindi ko inaasahang mananalo ako sa contest na ito. Ang tanging hangad ko lang ay maipagmalaki ako ng aking mga anak sa kabila ng pagiging magsasaka ko,” Gazmen told the audience and judges during the question and answer portion at the Cagayan Sports Complex on June 26, 2012.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Michelle Sonido, 30 year- old Rural Improvement Club (RIC) member of Alcala, Cagayan was proclaimed as Mrs. Agriyamanan 2012.
Sonido was asked by a judge regarding projects that have huge impact to the residents and farmers in their municipality.
“Napakalaking tulong ang pagkakatayo ng mga Small Water Impounding Projects para sa aming mga magsasaka. Ito ay sa pamamagitan ni Gobernador Alvaro T. Antonio na noon ay mayor pa ng bayan ng Alcala. Gumanda ang aming ani at lumaki ang aming income,” she said.
Mildred S. Abella, Provincial Agriculturist commended the farmers and fishermen during her welcome remarks. She said that these people are considered to be unsung heroes because they play an important role in the agricultural development of the province. “I want to thank all participating municipalities for supporting these candidates involved in this pageant. They are the stars in tonight’s affair,” Abella added.
The four-hour show hosted by Mr. Joel Molina started with a very impressive production number followed by the parade of farm wear, sportswear, and the formal wear.
Completing the winner’s list for Mr. Agriyamanan 2012 were Enrile, Emong Agana (1st runner up); Claveria, Albert Leano (2nd runner up); Ballesteros, Alejandro Quirolgico (3rd runner up); and Alcala, Demetrio Vergara (4th runner up).
Other winners for Mrs. Agriyamanan were Lasam, Leonila Gervacio (1st runner up); Amulung, Melissa Batuelo (2nd runner up); Enrile, Lalaine Escobar (3rd runner up); and Ballesteros, Rafonzen Svendsen (4th runner up).
Mrs. Alcala, Michelle Sonido also won Mrs. Friendship, Best in Sportswear, Mrs. Allied Botanical, and Miguel B. Decena Jr. Livestock.
Mr. Agriyamanan, Wilfredo Gazmen also won Best in Farm Wear and Formal Wear.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Ballesteros Rafonzen Svendsen and Mr. Ballesteros, Alejandro Quirolgico were proclaimed as Best in Talents during the pre-pageant and talent competition held at Victoria Hotel Tuguegarao City on June 26, 2012.