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1st children's rondalla competition held in Cebu

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (10 October) -- The children Rondalla from Dalaguete town bagged the first prize for the 1st Children's Rondalla competition while Victoria Leslie Ingram from Minglanilla won the top prize for the children's Solo Singing contest that were held today at the Cebu International Convention Center as a birthday tribute to Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and as the province's kicked off celebration of Children's month.

Provincial board member Agnes Magpale who also chairs the SP-committee on women, children and family said this is the first rondalla competition for Cebu province. Dubbed as 'Halad sa Kabataan' the event aims to showcase children's talents and to provide an avenue where they can express their culture through singing and playing with the use of various instruments.

"We expected 12 participants from the six districts of Cebu but only three (3) groups from Dalaguete, Minglanilla and Talisay City joined the competition. " We didn't realize that our municipalities and cities do not have rondallas," Magpale said sadly.

She added that this 1st Children's Rondalla Competition was some kind of an awakening for the province. Plans are already afoot to assist the towns/cities to organize and train their homegrown children's rondalla and "we hope for more participants in next year's event as we intend to make this as an annual competition."

Meantime, the children's Solo Singing contest was equally entertaining and very culturally educational for the audience because 12 children from the 6 districts of the province sang original Cebuano compositions.

A contestant from Poro, Camotes was a grade-2 pupil that sang an original composition entitled "Kabataan Dili Pasagdan" which was composed by a 14-year old high school student during a workshop "Mugna sa Kabataan" that was initiated by Plan-Philippines in Camotes last year.

Amazing was how the audience described the competitions as children ages 7-12 gave their soulful renditions of those Cebuano songs that can only be heard during the Cebu Pop Music Competition or from the music of our fathers.

The winners in the rondalla competition got cash prizes of P25000, 20T and 15T for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively and trophy for each while the solo singing contest winners received P3T, 2T and 1000 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively plus trophy for each while the non-winners got a consolation prize of P500 each.

The top winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd) were also given a scholarship for voice and performance at the Cebu Pop Center courtesy of Jay Uchuan. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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