IN PHOTOS: Stars at the Bambanti Festival 2018

Alexa Villano

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IN PHOTOS: Stars at the Bambanti Festival 2018

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McLisse, Ogie Alcasid, 4th Impact, and Jona entertain the province of Isabela during the annual Bambanti Festival

ILAGAN, Isabela – The people of Isabela were treated to a night of entertainment on Saturday, January 27, at the closing event of the Bambanti Festival.

Bambanti, which means scarecrow, is the province’s festival that celebrates the richness of its agricultural industry.

In attendance at this year’s Bambanti were Ogie Alcasid, Jona, and the tandem of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, who gamely sang and dance with the Isabeleños at the Ilagan Sports Complex.

OGIE THE POGI. Ogie Alcasid sings for the crowd.

ROMANTIC SONGS. Jona sings some of the songs she has performed in the past months for movies and teleseryes.

DUET. Jona and Ogie do a duet during the program.

ELISSE JOSON. Elisse performs for Isabeleños at the Ilagan Sports Complex.

KILIG MOMENT. McCoy de Leon steps out onstage as the girls scream.

MCLISSE. McCoy and Elisse sing together for the fans.

Girl group 4th Impact, whose members hail from Isabela, returned to perform for their kababayans, treating them to a number of songs they had performed during their X Factor appearance.

HOMECOMING. 4th Impact returns to their province to perform.

The Bambanti Festival was held from January 22 to 27. Different municipalities took part in competitions such as chorale, street dance, and cooking, with a grand fireworks display to close the event. –

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.