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Tampakan cultural dancers to promote tourism in Japan

Koronadal City (11 October) -- Adjudged as the grand champion of the recently concluded 8th MADAL BE'LAN Street Dancing Competition during the 41st Foundation Anniversary of South Cotabato and the 8th T'nalak Festival in the City of Koronadal, the Tampakan Cultural Dancers were chosen by the provincial government to represent South Cotabato to the MIDOSUJI Parade in Osaka, Japan on Ocotber 12-15, 2007.

Out of 150 dancers who performed during the MADAL BE'LAN Street Dancing Competition, only 9 dancers including some choreographers who have passed the screening conducted by the Arts Culture Tourism and Sports (ACTS) screening committee are qualified to perform in Osaka, Japan.

The delegation will be escorted by Ms. Indira Cagaanan, tourism Operation Officer II and Asistant Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Emmanuel Jumilla of the Province of South Cotabato.

The travelling expenses from General Santos City to Osaka, Japan, visa processing, hotel and food accomodation will be shouldered by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The local counterparts like the passports processing, local meals and transportation and the rest will be funded by the Provincial Government and the Local Government Unit of Tampakan.

The ten qualified dancers to represent the province to the MIDOSUJI Parade in Osaka, Japan wre Pammie Malayon, Hezil Alquizar, Hellen Mae Arceo and Jon Robert dela Cruz of Koronadal Academy (KA); Rovelyn Tahao, Nelida Sumanday and Michelle Simpal of Maltana National High School (MNHS); Herbert P. Navato, Rodel Hilado and JayMar A. Ismael, local coordinators of Tampakan.

It can be recalled that during the anniversary culmination program, Secretary Ace Durano of the DOT in his speech had promised MADAL BE'LAN winners to become part of his group to promote cultural and agri-tourism for the province in other contries. (PIA 12) [top]

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