YOUNG DANCERS. Street dancers from Santa Teresita perform during the 3rd Namunit Festival on March 2018. Photo by Gerard Lucena

18 Cagayan LGUs to compete in Aggao ‘Pabbarayle’ dance showdown

Gerard Josef Lucena

Cagayan

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- One million pesos worth of tourism projects is up for grabs as 17 towns and this city compete in a dance showdown on Aggao nac Cagayan this June.

Dubbed as the “Pabbarayle,” the said dance competition will be held on June 29, the province’s 435th founding anniversary, in Cagayan Sports Complex, this city.

Governor Manuel Mamba’s consultant on tourism, former Board Member Arnold Alonzo, said LGUs will feature performances showcasing their respective festivals.

Each LGU will send a delegation consisting 50-80 dancers and 30 musicians.

Aside from the P1 million worth of tourism projects, P100,000 cash will be given to the winning LGU. The first-runner-up will take home P70,000 while the second-runner up will receive P50,000.

“Kasi yung cash puwede mong ibigay sa mga dancers…Malaking bagay na rin yung [P1 million tourism project grant] kung gagamitin mo ito [sa, halimbawa,] kung wala ka pang tourism information center o pasalubong center,” Alonzo said.

Alonzo said each participating local government unit (LGU) will be given P50,000 as assistance from the provincial government for costume and fare of participants, materials, meals, and other expenses in preparation for the contest.

Further, minor awards for best in folkloric performance, best in musical accompaniment, and best in costume will also be given.

LGUs who confirmed participation are Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Santa Teresita, Aparri, Baggao, Pamplona, Sanchez Mira, Ballesteros, Allacapan, Abulug, Santo Nino, Tuao, Solana, Enrile, Tuguegarao, Iguig, Camalaniugan, and Penablanca.

The provincial government is eyeing judges from the region, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), regionwide, and others.

Judges will be given the concept and synopses of each LGUs’ festivals.

Professor Arvin Villalon of the University of the Philippines Baguio is also eyed as a judged.

Meanwhile, Alonzo said the showdown will be held exclusively in the sports complex instead of this city’s streets to prevent traffic.

“Ang maganda doon, nakaupo na ang mga manonood. Makikita mo na mula dance parade hanggang showdown. Nakaconfine na lahat sa isang lugar ang programa,” Alonzo said.

The provincial government earlier said events for the Aggao nac Cagayan celebration will be distributed throughout Cagayan. Northernforum.net