Yuletide singing contest opens in Aparri
by Thelma C. Bicarme
Tuguegarao City (10 November) -- The municipal government of Aparri, Cagayan has opened its 19th season of the Yuletide Singing Contest popularly known as YSC last October 29, 2010 at the Aparri Public Gymnasium.
According to Alma Diaros, Aparri's Information Officer, the annual competition is intended to discover new talents in the field of singing as well as to divert the attention of the youth from untoward activities.
It also aims to provide entertainment for fellow Aparrianos and visitors during the Christmas season.
Diaros explained that the local government conducted an audition from October 4-18 and 20 contestants were qualified to join the contest under the 7-12 years old and 13-20 years old categories.
Diaros further said the contest was patterned to a popular TV show wherein every week, one contestant from each category will be evicted.
"Only ten contestants under the two categories will be left for the grand finals to be held in December," Diaros said.
The big winners in both categories will receive P6,000 each; first runners- up, P4,000 and second runners-up, P2,000. The non-winners will be given P1,000 each as consolation prizes.
The singing competition was initiated in 1992 by Mayor Ismael V. Tumaru in collaboration with the Kaabaga Iti Aparri headed by its founding president, former Mayor and incumbent Sangguniang Bayan Member Shalimar D. Tumaru.
From 1992 to present, the activity has molded the participants into excellent performers and successfully produced singers of national fame like Rina Palma of the U.P. Madrigal Singer.
Judging from the crowd who converge in the Aparri Public Gymnasium every Friday night, the YSC has, indeed, become the primary event and attraction in Aparrri during the yuletide season.
It had lived to the vision and expectations of its organizers - the Municipal Government of Aparri and the Kaabaga iti Aparri as a wonderful Christmas present to the Aparrianos as well as to its neighboring municipalities. (PIA 2) [top]