Youth enlivens Sambuokan fest
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (1 November) -- Majority of the prime movers in the recently concluded 7th Sambuokan Festival in the City of Mati are the youth who displayed creativity, talent, and dynamism.
The young Matinians have consistently enlivened the yearly Sambuokan, tagged second to the most renowned Kadayawan Festival of Davao City.
Activities such as Indak-Indak sa Dalan, "Lanog" Drum and Bugle Corpse, and the SK Cheerdance Competition are all given color and life by the youth.
Committee chair for Education city councilor Nino Sotero Uy said that the youth have initiated some of the major activities during the said festivity as they have seen the great potential of the young ones who deserve to be highlighted during the celebration.
In time for the Sanguniang Kabataan election held last October 29, the SK of Mati pulled their resources to open the Cheerdance Competition. The contest was participated by the different schools in the city such as the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Mati National Comprehensive High School (MNCHS), Mati Doctors College, and guest participant from a Maragusan school.
For the Indak-Indak sa Dalan street dancing competition, about 14 participants vied for the grand prize.
Sambuokan remains as Mati's prime tourism activity especially now that the former town was recently declared a city.
The city now celebrates unity that also happens to be the root of the Visayan word "Sambuokan" which means one and united.
New city mayor Michelle Rabat brushed aside talks that the festival will take another name. The Sambuokan Festival, given birth during the administration of her father and former town mayor Paking Rabat, is said to continue as Mati's festival trademark but later will get a new and better face as Matinians celebrate cityhood. (PIA XI) [top]