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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

San Pedro bags 2012 ‘Pasalamat’ festival grand prize

by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- For the second time, barangay San Pedro bagged the grand prize during the ‘Pasalamat’ festival held at the city gym on Jan. 15. A total of 23 clustered barangays participated in the impressive, majestic and colorful celebration.

The ‘Pasalamat’ is a grand annual festival held on the third Sunday of January every year, celebrated in honor of patron saint Sr. Sto. Nino,

The winners of the ‘Pasalamat’ festival were announced after hours of ritual dance and showdown at the city gymnasium.

San Pedro was the first contingent to receive a cash prize of P100,000.

Lison Valley contingent was judged as first-runner up and won P80,000. The Kawit contingent got the second place and won P60,000. Sto. Nino is the third runner-up and received 40,000. The fourth runner-up, the clustered barangays of Bomba, Poloyagan and Napolan received P30,000, while the other contingents received a consolation prize of P20,000 each.

Mayor Samuel S. Co in his message said the street dance and parade (barangay category) will only be up to this year since next year, it will be an ‘invitational’ street dance competition where contingents from the different cities in the Philippines will be invited to participate.

Co said he will increase prizes for the competition just to attract participants and to make the festival more lively, elegant and entertaining because it draws huge crowd and brings prestige for Pagadian City.

Co said the prizes for the competition will be increased to attract participants and make the festival lively and elegant. This festival draws a huge crowd and brings prestige for Pagadian City.

Among those who witnessed the event were ZamboSur 2nd district Representative Aurora E. Cerilles and her husband, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, first lady Priscilla Ann F. Co, provincial, city and barangay officials and the viewing public. (ALT/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

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