‘Lin-ay sang Silay’

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

TO CULTIVATE the sense of the beautiful is one of the most effectual ways of the cultivation and appreciation of the divine goodness. We all love beauty because it is God’s shadow in the universe. We all believe that the beautiful remains beautiful even in ugly surroundings.

Beauty should be coupled with talent. Talent is God’s gift which provides one a vision to identify what to make that will produce the best result. Talent is not something we buy. It is the thing in us that we graciously cultivate.

In searching for “Lin-ay sang Silay,” the judges do not just focus on what sparks and what is transgenic. They go for who among the lady candidates is sussed and pre-competitive – someone whom the judges can die for. The “Lin-ay sang Silay” pageant will be held on June 10 at Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center. The 15 candidates vying for the title are representing the barangays of Silay.


The pageant is based on a choreography that involves the tourist attractions of Silay. The swim wear competition captured the lure of romantic and historic Patag. The polygon swimming pool at the lap of Mandalagan Mountain Range mirrors the beauty on parade with the trees around bending their twigs in envy. The cool atmosphere of Patag is no match to what makes it hot, the beauty of the candidates.

The pictorial was not in a travelogue studio. It was done in four venues featuring cultural landmarks – the replica of the chimney of “maquena de vapor horno economic,” the Cinco de Noviembre Marker, “bagoneta” ride station, and the iron dinosaur of Hawaiian-Philippine Company. All these refer back to a cultural civilization – the sugar industry in Silay and the heroism of the Silaynons.

Pre-judging session was hosted by the Jalandoni Lifestyle Museum (the Pink House). This was through the generosity (and cultural involvement) of the Montinola Family and the Silay Heritage Foundation Inc. The Lin-ay candidates had a close encounter (up-close and personal with the judges and corporate sponsors). It was some kind of “quiz royal” because the ladies have to answer questions about cultural evolution, fashion, sugar industry, food of Silay, biodiversity, climate change, religion, and politics.

The final check was on their acumen to market and promote Silay through a mock tour in their barangay. They were made to speak in their mother tongue (a K-12 Program) and they were also tested in their fluency in English (lingua franca of industrialization). As the day ended, the Jalandoni House glowed with splendor and opulence featuring its precious heirlooms.

The pageant proper (June 10) will not just be a night of nights. Silaynon from all walks of life will flock to Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center to see what’s up with the production this year and also to be seen (for the enhancement of the political and social career). The barangay captains will be properly introduced as custodians of the beautiful ladies.

The colorful festival attire comes from the ingenuity of the local visual artists and fashion designers on how to come up with a costume that speaks of environment, livelihood and aspirations of the community. Fabrics and other materials for their suit are just found in the environment. The presentation on this production will be backed up by Hugyaw Silay Dance Group. The set and hand props will always be amazing. (Just come and see.)

The beach front for the swimwear will be cool to subdue the scorching heat of the summer sun. This will remind you of a nook in Boracay, Sipalay or Batangas. Again, the ladies will delight the audience with their curves, ifs and buts. This will be a moment not suited for those with heart ailments. The light design will deliver the flight of fancy and the latest star wars technology.

The peak of the show will bring the audience to the decade where Silay was “Paris of Negros,” the cultural and intellectual hub of the island, the shopping capital of the elite of Negros. We will all walk down the memory lane with the candidates in the heart of Silay surrounded by mansions of the sugar barons. We will enjoy the aroma of Italian coffee, the taste of jamon Serrano, the fume of European cigar, and the luxury of Paris gown. The ladies will all emote with their elegant “Traje de Silay.”

This is Lin-ay sang Silay pageant. There is nothing like this somewhere else because it speaks of culture and a civilization that made life sweet and where the past is forever.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 10, 2014.


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