THE second night of Compostela Valley’s 9th Bulawan Festival weeklong celebration last March 4 offered another unique entertainment. This time, it’s the Philippine dances competition participated by the municipal government employees.
Dubbed as the “LGU ‘PINASikat!,” it is conceptualized as interpretation of the Philippine dances showcasing the rich culture of the country thru mixing different dances and movements popularized here in the country.
A group of students from nearby school in Nabunturan commented the variety of Philippine dances saying it is a good opportunity for them to learn and expose themselves as well as their talents in dancing.
"Daghan man diay tang klase nga sayaw sa Pilipinas, makalingaw siya ug nindot tan-awon,” one of participants said.
Indeed, it is a reflection of the rich culture of the country, as it was performed by the talented LGU employees, showing off their different styles, costumes and Filipino music.
In the end, Maragusan LGU emerged grand champion with P60,000 cash prize in their cornucopia of Philippine dances such as Pandango sa Ilaw, Tinikling, Kadang-kadang, fan dance, Singkil, Banga (Ifugao) mixed with a bit of pop and modern dance.
The group's entry was and performance was named as “Awake: Dancing the Philippine Dream.”
“We want to showcase a performance with a high level of difficulty. The performance depicts one person’s experiences or of being able to go places within the Philippines,” said Maragusan Tourism Officer Jonald Boyoc.
Compostela and Nabunturan LGUs bagged the first and second runners-up, respectively.
Compostela received P40,000 while Nabunturan got P25,000 consolations. (Fe F. Maestre/IDS ComVal)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 14, 2016.
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