437th AGEW NA PANGASINAN
LINGAYEN– The Mapandan’s Tribu Pandan is this year’s winner in the Parada na Luyag street dance competition.
In a field of 15 competing entries in the 437th Agew na Pangasinan Streetdance parade and competition, the ‘Tribu Pandan’ street dancers nailed the championship with their artistic portrayal of Mapandan’s cultural heritage and industry.
Villasis’ ‘Talong Festival’ earned second honors while Mabini town’s portrayal of the townsfolk’s deep faith in their Patron Sto. Nino in the midst of adversities. Took third.
Lingayen’s Bagoong Festival was fourth, Balungao’s Goat Festival (5th) and Bayambang’s Malangsi Festival (6th).
Gov. Amado Espino, III, Mrs. Karina Padua-Espino, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. and Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario presented the prizes.
Mapandan received Php100,000 cash prize and a trophy. Other winners received Php75,000 (2nd place), Php50,000 (3rd place), Php40,000 (4th place), Php30,000 (5th place), Php20,000 (6th place) while non-winners were each given Php5,000 consolation prize.
The panel of judges was composed of Prof. Gildo Boron Garcia, Jr., director of the Angeles University Foundation Center for Culture and the Arts in Pampanga; Prof. Mary Ann Unos, adviser of the KINETIKA student organization of the Institute of Human Kinetics of Benguet State University; Culture and Arts Officer Mark Medina of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Dr. Mila Ancheta, a member of the Philippine Folkdance Society Board; and Prof. Rodel Mayor Fronda, National President of Philippine Folkdance Society.
Other participating contingents in the Parada na Luyag streetdance competition were: Managkalap Festival of Agno, Kawayan Festival of San Nicolas, Mannalon Festival of Alcala, Pagay Festival of San Manuel, Balon Balon Festival of Binalonan, Tupig Festival of Laoac, Darayat (Daralusan-Dayat) Festival of San Fabian, Mango-Bamboo Festival of San Carlos City and Puto Festival of Calasiao. (PIO/MGNO)