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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012


Tribu Pan-ay, Salakayan win 2012 Dinagyang, Kasadyahan competitions

by Lilibeth A. French

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -- Defending champion Tribu Pan-ay successfully defended its Ati-Dance Competition championship crown while Tribu Salakayan took home the first Regional Kasadyahan Cultural Competition title of the Dinagyang Festival 2012 held Jan. 21 and 22 here.

Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School defeated 12 other teams that joined this year’s competition. It also took home most of the minor awards such as Best in Performance, Choreography, Best in Music and Best in Costume.

The tribe also won the special awards that included Best Costume Designer and Best Musical Director. It also dominated the Opening Salvo after it brought home the Best in Over-all Performance, Best in Discipline and Best Costume awards.

Completing the top five winners of the Ati-Dance competition are Tribu Lunok of the Iloilo City National High School - 1st runner up; Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School - 2nd runner up; Tribu Paghidaet of Lapaz National High School - 3rd runner up; and Tribu Atub-Atub - 4th runner up.

On the other hand, Tribu Salakayan of the municipality of Miag-ao was named as the first Regional Kasadyahan Cultural Competition champion after it bested 8 other participating performers from the region. Kasadyahan also took home the minor awards such as Best in Performance, Best in Choreography and the Best Choreographer.

Other top winners of this year’s Kasadyahan include Tribu Mandaragat of San Jose, Antique - 1st runner-up; Hubon Sinulog sang Oracon of Sibunag, Guimaras - 2nd runner-up; Sinadya sa Halaran of Roxas City, Capiz - 3rd runner-up; and Tribu Maragtas of West Visayas State University, Iloilo City - 4th runner up.

As champions, Tribu Pan-ay and Tribu Salakayan won P150,000 and P125,000 cash prizes, respectively, trophies and an invitation to perform in the Aliwan Festival, a gathering of best festivals in the country wherein Tribu Pan-ay is the defending champion.

The champions also received P10,000 for every minor award they won and P5,000 for special awards. However, Tribu Pan-ay got additional P50,000 for winning all the awards during the opening salvo on January 13.

The Ati-Dance and Kasadyahan competitions highlight the yearly Dinagyang Festival that is celebrated in honor of Sr. Sto Nino and showcases the rich arts, culture and heritage of the Ilonggos.

The festival is also a recipient of various awards in recognition of its achievements in promoting tourism and advocating good governance, the localization of the Millenium Development Goals and successful public-private partnership.

Among the awards are Galing Pook Award, International Awards for Liveable Communities, Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event in the country in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Grand Champion of the Aliwan Fiesta in 2004, 2010 and 2011.

It was also cited as best practice for public – private partnership by the Asian Development Bank; for the localization of the Millenium Development Goals by the United Nations Development Programme; and for Responsible Citizenry and Public-Private Cooperation by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia Good Governance.

Foreign dignitaries were among those who witnessed this year’s colorful and spectacular performances of the participating groups at the Freedom Grandstand, one of the four judging areas. Among them were US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas and South African Ambassador Nyamande Pitso, and officials from the French embassy.

Also at the Freedom Grandstand were Senators Franklin Drilon and Antonio Trillanes, and Congressman Teddy Casino. They were joined by Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian, Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and San Jose, Antique Mayor Rony Molina, among others. (JCM/LAF/PIA6)

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