Senator Alauya Alonto Cup 2017

ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong
(Photo Credit: Bon Aserios)

The Senator Alauya Alonto Cup is a four-day family event and sports fest of the family of the late Senator of the Philippines and 1935 Philippine Constitution delegate, Sultan sa Ramain Alauya Adiong Alonto which is annually celebrated at the Xavier Estates Country Club in Cagayan de Oro City.

The descendants of the 7 children of the late Senator converged in Xavier Estates covered court to officially start the opening of the cup usually with family games like sack race, Maria went to town and other fun events. All were in attendance from the only surviving daughter of the Senator, former Lanao del Sur Governor Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman, down to the youngest of his great great grandchildren.

The game categories were basketball, futsal, bowling, badminton (men and women) and volleyball (men and women). This family event is unique in a way that they did not only tie family bond with sports competition but also shared meals together from breakfast to dinner. Each night for the whole stretch of this remarkable family reunion, they were serenaded by local artists with live music and dances wherein everyone joined the fun which they called their evening fellowship nights.

At the culmination of the sports event and the end of the cup last May 1, the family held a gala night where I was privileged to be a part of as one of the Judges. Here, each of the 7 families dressed up according to their assigned era. In last year’s Cup, the theme for the gala night was Hollywood wherein all of the attendees came to the affair in characters. This year, the theme for the gala night was “Blast from the Past.”

It was like entering a time capsule bringing you back to the era of Charlie Chaplin, Al Capone, the Beatles, The Von Trapp family singers, Audrey Hepburn during the Hollywood golden years and the pop culture of the 80s. Everyone carried their assigned fashion periods so well from the raving 20s, the 30s of the Rockefeller glam & depression period, the glittery parties of the great Gatsby of the 40s & 50s, the vintage babydoll fashion of the 60s, the Hippies and the Brady bunch of the 70s up to the most recent loud and vibrant fashion wear of the 80s.

It was indeed a night of cultural revolution, fashion evolution and history combined. Not only was fashion highlighted in the gala night, each family also performed musical presentations and dances based on their era to entertain the audience and us, Judges. There were also surprise awards in the gala night apart from the game category. We gave out awards for the best in costume both for male and female adults and kids, face of the night for male and female, best in family presentation and theme.

The era of each family or teams were as follows according to the eldest of the Senator’s children to the youngest:

The descendants of the the late Senator Domocao Alonto or the Team Pioneers came in with their spectacular 1930s attire; the descendants of Hadja Naima or the Team Monarchs wore the 1960s; the children and great grandchildren of the late Lanao del Sur Governor, former Commission on National Integration Secretary and Ambassador to Libya and Malta, Amb. Madki Alonto or the Team Warriors entered with their 1940s fashion wear; the family of the late Datu Masiding Alonto, Sr. or the Team Spartans with the raving 1920s; the descendants of the only surviving heir of the Senator, former Lanao del Sur Governor Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman or the Team Royals came wearing the 1970s fashion; the descendants of Datu Madrigal Alonto or the Team Titans wearing proudly the 1950s and the Family of Sobaida Alonto or the Knights with 1980s.

It was a night not only of fashion but also of talent. The entire event was emceed by Atty. Abdulgaffur Madki “AG” Alonto II. The spectacular event would not have been possible if not for the organizing committee with the following members: Ms. Alia Alonto Balindong, Ms Junaynah Alonto-Macalbe, Atty. Aisha Bruneiry Alonto.

Among the notable family members present during the cup are the following: Lanao del Sur incumbent Governor Bai Soraya Bedjoria Alonto Adiong, Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Bombit Alonto Adiong, Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Yemen Atty. Adnan Alonto, ARMM Regional Vice Governor Haroun Al-Rashid Alonto Lucman, Lanao del Sur 1st District Representative Congressman Hooky Alonto Adiong, Philhealth Region 10 Vice President Datu Masiding Alonto, Jr., Former Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Normalah Alonto Lucman, Former Mindanao State University System President Dr. Ahmad E. “Jun” Alonto, ARMM Assemblymen Zia Alonto Adiong & Yasser Alonto Balindong, Former ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, Datu Maulana Bobby Alonto, Datu Akira Alonto, Board Member Che Alonto Balindong, ARMM DAF Secretary Boyet Alonto, Former Maguindanao Governor Gani Biruar, Former DFA Region 10 Director Amer Alonto, ABC President Toxi Alonto Disomimba Lucman, Former DFA Cagayan de Oro Head Datu Abdulhalim Langco, Former ARMM Tourism Secretary Asnawi Alonto, ARMM DAR Assistant Secretary Boy Alonto Mamainte, Datu Ambrosi Alonto, Datu Abdulnasser Alonto, Datu Aminullah Lucman, Datu Norodin Alonto Lucman and Engr. Jun Mamainte.

The names of the children of Sultan sa Ramain Senator Alauya Alonto are the following: Senator Domocao Alonto, Hadja Naima Alonto-Tocalo, Gov. Madki Alonto, Datu Masiding Alonto Sr., Gov. Princess Tarhata Alonto-Lucman, Datu Madrigal Alonto, Sobaida Alonto.

The notable in-laws to the Senator Alauya Alonto Family are as follows: the Late Congressman and Sultan Paramount of Mindanao and Sulu Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, the late Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Mike Adiong Sr., Former Deputy Speaker Congressman Pangalian Balindong, Former Maguindanao Governor Gani Biruar, Former DPWH Undersecratary Engr. Baliamen Mamainte, the late LTP Speaker Saripada Pacasum Sr., Former ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo and Mayor Aslanie Balt.

It was an honor for me to be invited as a guest; moreover, a judge to such a big and beautiful family.

 

 

 

 

Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Bombit Alonto Adiong

 

With my fellow judges Christine Menghrajani of Swirlz Desserts and Cleofe Panes of Accent Cagayan.

 

 

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