Mandaue celebrates Panagtagbo Festival-A A +A
Friday, January 18, 2013
ABOUT 4,000 people watched the Panagtagbo Festival in Mandaue City yesterday.
Seven contingents competed for the street dancing and showdown. The festival started with a mass at the National Shrine of St. Joseph, followed by street dancing at 4 p.m.
It was dark when the showdown started in front of the City Hall.
The 27 barangays were clustered into seven. The cluster of Barangays Opao, Cambaro, Umapad and Alang-Alang won the showdown, taking home P100,000.
The dancers of the winning contingent wore a costume inspired by an American folk dance. Their dance steps were a combination of various Philippine folk dances and the basic steps of the Panagtagbo Festival.
The cluster of Barangays Maguikay, Banilad, Bakilid, Cabancalan, and Casuntingan placed second, taking home P50,000. They also won the street dancing contest.
Barangays Centro, Guizo and Looc placed third, receiving P25,000.
Showcasing the city
Jun Figueroa, choreographer of the winning contingent, said their performance showcased Mandaue’s landmarks, delicacies and industries.
A music and arts teacher at the Mandaue City Science High School, Figueroa also choreographed Mandaue’s contingent in the province’s Pasigarbo Festival last year.
Jefferson Gitgano, choreographer of Barangay Paknaan, was named best choreographer.
The contingent of Paknaan won best in andas, or the presentation of the images of the Holy Family.
It was the second year of the Panagtagbo Festival, which was launched last year to pay tribute to the Holy Family. It was the first time a competition was held, as last year’s launching only featured the music and basic dance steps of the festival.
The festival is held a day before the Traslacion, or the meeting of the images of the Holy Family in Mandaue.
Dancers from the Mandaue City School for the Arts also performed yesterday. The festival was capped by a 10-minute fireworks display.
Mayor Jonas Cortes said he was overwhelmed by the festival’s success. He said the City will make the festival even grander in the coming years.
“As the word Panagtagbo implies, this festival is a collective effort,” he told reporters.
The City organized the festival in partnership with the Taga-Mandaue Inc.
Cortes said the City aims to strengthen people’s faith in the Holy Family by holding the festival. “Faith is something we cannot feel or touch, but we can feel it in our hearts.”
Meanwhile, boy scouts and girl scouts will guard the streets against litterbugs in today’s Traslacion in Mandaue City.
About 100 scouts from five schools will be deployed in various streets around City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mandaue City Solid Waste Management Office program director Ricardo Mendoza said police officers and eco-wardens will stay near the scouts in case violators argue with them.
The scouts are from the Tipolo National High School, Subangdaku National High School, Mandaue City Science High School, Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School and St. Joseph Academy.
The success of a similar activity in Barangay Ibabao last year encouraged Mendoza to do it during the Traslacion.
The religious event, which is a traditional prelude to the Sinulog celebration, is expected to draw thousands of devotees.
Mendoza said that in the previous years, he observed lots of garbage after the activity.
The scouts were also deployed yesterday during the Panagtagbo Festival.
“The activity is part of the scouts’ social responsibility and community service,” Mendoza said in an interview.
“This is an initiative of the City. I went to schools and explained the success of what we did in Barangay Ibabao,” he said.
Last August, more than 20 scouts from the Mandaue City Science High School patrolled the streets of Barangay Ibabao. They apprehended 150 persons caught littering.
The City’s solid waste management ordinance imposes a fine of P200 to P5,000 on violators.
Mendoza said the scouts will just warn violators and tell them they will have to pay the fine the next time they are caught littering.
Mendoza said the activity will create an impression to residents and visitors that the City is serious about implementing the solid waste management law.
He said he might do the activity every year.
He said he will encourage barangay officials to replicate the program to reduce volume of wastes during fiestas.
Clean and Green personnel will also be deployed starting 8 a.m. until midnight. There will be four shifts, with each shift having 15 personnel.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 18, 2013.