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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 16, 2018
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Sagay battle of festivals champion


The dance for mother nature of the Sinigayan Festival performers of Sagay City was declared champion of the Festival Dances Competition of the Panaad sa Negros Festival at the jampacked Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City Saturday night.

The Sinigayan performers, who highlighted the importance of the seahorse in the marine ecosystem, bested festivals of 21 other local government units in Negros Occidental in the 4-hour show.

“Sagay’s performance was magical. The elements of dance, music, visual arts were seamlessly incorporated into a cohesive theatrical performance,” Rudy Reveche, Festival Dances Competition director, said.

The Sagay dancers’ costumes were designed by renowned artist Nunelucio Alvardo.

La Castellana’s Bailes de Luces Festival was 1 st runner-up, Minuluan Festival of Talisay City - 2 nd runner-up, Kisi-Kisi Festival of Ilog - 3 rd runner- up, and Udyakan Festival of Kabankalan- 4 th runner-up.

Sagay City will receive P75,000 and a trophy, while the other winners will have P60,000, P45,000, P30,000, and P20,000 respectively. They will be awarded at the closing ceremonies of Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 22.

The Panaad opening day activities drew a crowd of about 15,000, Ma. Lina Sanogal, overall festival director said.

Religious practices, legends and myths, and supernatural beings were among themes presented by the 22 LGUs participating in the festival.

During the event, Hinobaan’s Pagbanaag Festival highlighted coconuts in their dance, while Cauayan their bamboo products in their Lubay-Lubay Festival performance.

The story of legendary Kapitan Sabi was depicted in Talisay City’s Minuluan Festival, while the bounty of the sea and pandan leaves were emphasized in Pulupandan’s Salapan Festival.

Sipalay City’s Pasaway Festival performers wearing bathing suits and briefs drew the attention of the crowd, while the Babaylan Festival of Bago City depicted “Ang Pulong ang Bulong” that focuses on how important one’s faith is in the healing of people.

Tourism sites and rich marine resources was also seen in Escalante’s Manlambus Festival performance, while an original upbeat folk dancewas presented by the Udyakan Festival performers of Kabankalan City.

A Filipino sport, Kali, was also celebrated through Salvador Benedicto’s Kali-Kalihan Festival, and Cadiz City’s Dinagsa Festival told the story of how the Sto. Niño created miracles for the natives.

Supernatural beings and respect for the departed was depicted in Isabela’s Tigkalalag Festival, while Candoni celebrated how they became a zone of peace through the Dinagyaw saTablas Festival.

A story of courting was also highlighted in Manapla’s Manang Pula and the rich agricultural lands and sea was shown through Valladolid’s Pasundayag Festival.

San Enrique also showcased its rich poultry and cockfighting industry through its Bulang-Bulang Festival, and the Bailes de Luces of La Castellana illuminated the stage with their lighted costumes and props.

The story of Princess Kansilay and the rise of different industries in Silay City was celebrated through the Kansilay Festival, while Ilog emphasized their rich marine resources through an upbeat dance in the Kisi-Kisi Festival.

Agricultural products and the sugar industry were also shown in Pontevedra’s Handurayo Festival and Victorias City’s Kadalag-an Festival. *MLG


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