HOME–GROWN bets proved to be the best during the Grand Street Dancing parade of Panagbenga Festival Saturday, March 2.
Tuba Central School bagged the plum for the elementary division while the Baguio City National High School–Special Program for the Arts (BCNHS–SPA) performers took top spot for the high school division. Saint Louis University (SLU) was declared champion for the open category.
The 2019 staging of the Baguio Flower Festival (BFF) is themed “Blooming Forward,” with the street dancing competition seeing 17 battling it out for top spot in the elementary, high school, and open category.
The BCNHS–SPA contingent had costumes depicting ethnicity and the cultural identity of the different Cordilleran Tribes accented with weave, beadwork, back and head dresses with props made from recycled cartons, newspapers, bamboo sticks, feathers, fur, tiger grass and intricate hand painted props crafted by students and teachers.
The winning performance dubbed as “Wonders of Baguio,” is symbolic of the development of the sites and destinations of the city after the 1990 killer quake.
For the open category, SLU banked on the performance inspired by the province of Ifugao titled “Rice is life,” alluding to the community known for its built and intangible heritage.
The story of planting and harvesting of the crops called Tinawon, narrating traditional agricultural cycle; the Kiwang (off season), the Lawang (land preparations and planting season), The Tiyalgo (dry season) and, the Kahitulu (harvesting season).
The performance depicts the greatness of indigenous people, the natural and unique way of life, living traditions of the free people of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras.
Dancers were clad in Ifugao traditional attire with props inspired by traditional farming equipment like the plower, tatayaw (scare crow) water system-bamboo channels, bilao, labba, and highland palay.
For the elementary division landing on second place was Mabini Elementary School; third place was Baguio Central School; fourth spot was awarded to Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School; fifth place was Jose P. Laurel Elementary School; sixth place was Lucban Elementary School; and Dontogan Elementary School at seventh spot.
High school division runners up were University of the Cordilleras High School (second), SLU Senior High School (third), Pinsao National High School-Sakusak Musical Ensemble (fourth), Tanghalan Teatro Pino-Pines City National High School (fifth) and Remnant International College (sixth).
Open category winners also include Manait-Burgos, La Union (second), Pinablin, Calasiao-Puto Festival (third) and Sagpat, Kibungan, Benguet (fourth).
Judges for the street dancing competition were Robert Stephen Biadoma, Joseph Andrew Carvajal, Rommel Serrano, Ariel Constantino, Manuel Los Anes, Nestor Jardin, Marichu Tellano, Patricio Primo Jr., Arnaldo Custodio and Saturninio Satur Tiamson.