Tribu Pan-ay retains Dinagyang Festival crown

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

ILOILO CITY -- Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School (FSPNHS) successfully defended its crown by winning the Ati-Ati Tribes Competition of the Dinagyang 2012 on Sunday.

Tribu Pan-ay, the grand champion of last year's competition and also champion of last year's Aliwan Festival - The Philippines' Festival of Champions, wowed the crowd and the judges with its splendid performances in all five judging areas within the festival route.

Its eagle-inspired costume and movements coupled with its masterfully crafted rhythm received standing ovation from the audience, composed of foreign and local tourists, at the main performance area at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.


Tribu Pan-ay was also a trending topic on micro-blogging site Twitter after it rendered its winning performance beamed live via local free television and live streaming.

It also won minor awards for best in costume designer, best in musical director, best in music, best in choreography and best in performance. Its choreographer, Rommel Flogen, was declared the best. Each minor award is worth P10,000.

Dr. Bresilda Floro, principal of FSPNHS and tribe manager of Tribu Pan-ay, thanked her students for showing their best in Sunday's tribes competition.

"They labored hard to retain the crown," she said over a radio interview.

She said FSPNHS will aim again to retain its crown for next year's Dinagyang festival.

Other winners in the Ati-ati tribes competition are Tribu Lunok of Iloilo City National High School (1st runner-up), Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School (2nd runner-up), Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School (3rd runner-up), and Tribu Atub-Atub of Barangay Veterans Village, Iloilo City.

Tribu Lunok won the best in street dancing, while Tribu Paghidaet brought home the best in headdress and best in discipline minor awards.

Meanwhile, the winners in the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition held Saturday were Salakayan Festival of Miag-ao, Iloilo (champion), Tribu Mandaragat Antique's of Binirayan Festival (1st runner-up), Sinulog sg Urakon Festival of Sibunag, Guimaras (2nd runner-up), Sinadya sa Halaran of Capiz (3rd runner-up), and Tribu Maragtas of West Visayas State University in Iloilo City (4th runner-up).

With the win, Tribu Pan-ay and Salakayan Festival are automatically qualified to represent Western Visayas in the Aliwan Fiesta 2012 in Manila.

Dinagyang festival, which is celebrated in honor of Sr. Sto Nino, is held every third Sunday of January. (Ariel B. Catubig/Sunnex)

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