Loon’s barangay Napo successfully defended its crown as grand champion after beating 9 other contingents in last night’s Sandugo Festival street dancing.
Dancers from the coastal barangay captured the top prize of P250,000.
Other than the title of grand champion, barangay Napo also took other awards, namely the Best in Kuradang, Kuradang King, and Queen and Best in Music.
One of the judges was National Artist in Music Ramon Santos.
The street dancing originally slated at 2 pm, but it started at around 3 pm.
First-timer San Isidro town made a good account of itself by capturing runner-up honors and a cash prize of P200,000.
Dancers from Pilar town rounded the winners’ circle by landing in the second runner-up spot and took the P150,000 cash prize.
All three winners also took home trophies.
Pilar won two special awards home which included the Best Pair of DatuSikatuna and Conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Best in SublisaSandugo, and the Best in Production.
This year’s Sandugo street dancing competition was also participated in by contingents from Balilihan, Baclayon, Catigbian, barangay Concepcion in Mabini, San Miguel, Tubigon and a contingent from Dr. CecilioPutong National High School.
As the street dancing competition started, the city’s traffic flow has been disrupted with some roads closed to the public while the competition was on-going.
The street dancers danced along the main CPG Avenue as traffic was re-routed elsewhere. Some motorists were inconvenienced as a result of the re-routing.
The traffic re-routing plan for the Sandugo street parade was announced to the public including the set-up of checkpoints for the security.
Checkpoints were set up on the entry points into the city, as part of the security measures set-up for the occasion.
This year marks the second time the street dancing departed from the round-of-the-mill street dancing mardigras found in other places in the country.
Organizers have sought to go back to the fundamentals in re-living the historic treaty of friendship between Boholanos and the Spaniards by using a traditional dance during the competition.
Wary the Sandugo was going towards the way of being a banal entertainment, organizers wanted to make the event more aligned with the roots of Bohol’s rich culture, heritage and history.
The use of the “kuradang” dance made the festival more aligned with the Boholano taste rather than just a mere copy-cat of the Cebu’s Sinulog and Aklan’s Ati-Atihan.
The kuradang has been used as the main basis for the dance showdown, in line with Boholano dance expressions.
Adoption of the kuradang forced contingents to develop better creatives, and aesthetic without having to “import” choreographers from other Visayan provinces.
Some observers say the Sandugo festival get snubbed by key towns that are expected to field contingents given they are tourism powerhouses.
Tourism-centric towns of Panglao, Dauis, and Anda skipped this year’s competition.
Gov. Edgar Chatto said there would be a post-competition meeting to take a look on how to improve the rate of participation among towns in Bohol.
However, Chatto was quick to say, it is possible some towns may have been prudent in using their resources given they also have their own festivals – andjoining the Sandugo might be draw their resources further down.
The Sandugo aims to put better focus on the treaty of friendship between DatuSikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, which is the reason for the occasion.(Dave S. Albarado)