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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe: Ambassadors of Goodwill of Tangub City

by Judith B. Tablan

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- Hereís one for the cultural history books of Northern Mindanao: The Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, since its establishment in 1992, has helped shape the values, character and minds of the youth of Tangub City, through their songs, dances and performances.

By winning awards in festivals and competitions all over the country, these young, talented and dedicated artists, together with their equally dedicated trainors and advisers, have placed Tangub City in the map.

They are now the proud ambassadors of goodwill, not just in Tangub City, but also in Misamis Occidental and in the whole of Region 10 as well.

Such was the vision of then former City Mayor Jennifer Wee-Tan when she pulled together the scanty resources that were available and launched a youth development oriented program aimed to advance the cultural life of Tangub City.

Synonymous with the name of Tangub City, itself, the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe has four components: The Sinanduloy All Star Band, the Sinanduloy Instrumentalists, the Sinanduloy Singers and the Sinanduloy Dancers.

The Sinanduloy Instrumentalists was the Best In Musicality in the Sinulog 2005 & 2011 in Cebu City while the Sinanduloy All Star Band is recently the official representative of Region 10 for the Department of Tourismís WOW Philippines held at Intramuros, Manila and are about to release their first Debut Album.

The Sinanduloy Singers is the Regional Winner of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NMCYA) and the First Honorable Mention in the National Level and the Grand Champion of the Philippine Travel Mart Choral Competition held at SM Mega-Trade Hall, Mandaluyong Manila.

A resident choral performer of the Philippine Travel Mart of the Department of Tourism, Region 10, the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe was invited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) to perform during the Kalahi Cultural Care-giving on Millennium Development Goals at the Rajah Suliman Theater in Intramuros, Manila.

They were also one of the representatives of the Philippines to the First International Dance Exchange Ė Workshop and Festival participated in by the different dance troupes around the world like:

The Hunan Normal University Dance Troupe of China, the Xiamen Xiao Pai Lu of China, the Big Dance Company of England, Dance Mode Studio of Hongkong, Senju Dance Company of Japan and Aswara Dancers of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Dance Academy Kuching of Kuching Malaysia the Badan University Malaysia Sarawak of Sarawak Malaysia, the Persadaku Seni Dancers of Singapore and the Sri Lankan Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka.

Among the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupeís other feats are: They were the Grand Champion of the First Pasíungko síg Misamis Occidental Festival 2010.

The Sinanduloy Dancers with Instrumentalists is the Grand Champion of the Famous Sinulog Sa Sugbo in the year 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Best in Costume Sinulog sa Sugbo in the year 2002 & 2003, Best In Street Dancing in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe was one of the nominees (top 6) for the Aliw Awards Best Cultural Group in the Philippines for two consecutive years 2008 & 2009.

All members of the troupe are scholars of both colleges in Tangub City, the Northwestern Mindanao State College (NMSC) with its former President and now City Mayor Atty. Philip T. Tan and the Governor Alfonso D. Tan College (GADTC) with its former College President and now a First Lady Jennifer W. Tan. (PIO/PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

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