Regional police holds talent search for cops

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013


CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte –- Ever heard a policeman singing to the latest pop tune? Maybe. But how about cops dancing to the groove of Psy’s “Gentleman”, Zedd’s “Clarity” or even the “Harlem Shake”? Beat it?

For a change, instead of seeing men in uniform patrolling the streets catching criminals, the public will witness the singing and dancing talents of police officers as the Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO8) will sponsor a one-night show as part of the celebration of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in honor of the Sr. Sto. Niño de Leyte in the evening of June 12, coinciding with the commemoration of the nation’s independence.

Dubbed as “Pulis Got Talent”, the show is a singing and group dance competition between PRO8 personnel from the Regional Headquarters, Police Provincial Offices, City Police Offices, Regional Public Safety Battalion, and the different National Support Units based in the region and will be held at Tacloban City’s RTR Festival Parks.

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“Aside from investigation and law enforcement skills, our policemen also have singing and dancing talents and they will be showing it in a friendly contest,” said Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, PRO8 director.

Soria said this is the first time the PRO8 will be participating in the month-long festivities which is the 27th Pintados and 18th Kasadyaan joint celebration for this year.

Aside from showcasing their talents, Soria added that the show will help project a positive image for the police to the viewing public.

For the singing contest, a representative from each provincial and city police offices, RPSB8 and regional headquarters may render an English, Original Pilipino Music or local dialect song with minus-one accompaniment in Police General Office Attire Type “B” without head gear with the interpretation, vocal and precision and audience impact as criteria.

For the modern dance contest, each group must have a minimum of 8 up to maximum of 20 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, may be all male, female or mixed and will be judged based on choreography, synchronization execution of dance steps, costume and over-all impact.

The winner for the singing contest will receive a cash prize of P5,000 while for the group dance contest, the winner will receive P8,000. Non-winners will also receive consolation prizes.

Department of Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes will chair the panel of judges with Napolcom Regional Director Nicomedez Jose, Dr. Stephen Lagarde and Roland Calleja from the academe and Senior Police Officer 4 Justo Luaton, PRO8 Executive Senior Police Officer as members.

In between performances of the contestants, the audience will also be entertained by live music to be performed by the PRO8 Band. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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