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January 19, 2009 Major News Stories

Big wins by Leyte, Tangub

Sinanduloy was also adjudged the champion in the street dancing category.

Lordinio Vergara, one of the judges for street dancing, said Sinanduloy won because of its "clean movements and oneness of the troop."

Its lead dancer, 15-year-old Iris Mae Linganay, was also chosen as the Festival Queen.

The Don Sergio Sr. Memorial National High School, which won the Best in Costume award, bagged the second place. Don Sergio also won last week's Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan.

Third place goes to Silaw Culture and Arts representing Carcar City, while Siloy Festival of Alcoy and Pakol Festival of Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental were fourth and fifth respectively.

Alcoy was the fourth runner-up in Street Dancing.

Josefina Guillen, President of the Philippine Folk Dance Society, said Sinanduloy's presentation was refreshing.

"It (presentation) was not usual, something new and it (Sinanduloy) always excites the audience," Guillen said.

Don Sergio, on the other hand, was not only colorful and fitting with its costume. Its choreography also went with its actions. 

In the Free Interpretation, Tribu Buyoganon won with its environmental theme. The group was third runner-up in Street Dancing.

The second prize goes to Lumad Basakanon of Basak San Nicolas, which was also the first runner-up in Street Dancing. Third place goes to the Carmen contingent.

The Lanao del Norte contingent and the Karatong Festival of Dulag, Leyte were fourth and fifth respectively.

According to Buyoganon's choreographer Victor Cuenco, they spend around P1.2 million for their entire production.

Nestor Jardin, chairman of the Board of Judges for the Free Interpretation, said the actions of the Buyoganon have gone well with its costumes.

The first prize winners for the Sinulog-based and Free Interpretation will receive P500,000. Second placers will get P300,000 each and third placers will go home with P200,000. Fourth and fifth placer will receive P150,000 and P100,000 respectively.

Winners in the Street Dancing will receive the same prizes as those of the two major categories.

Other Winners

For visual merchandizing, first prize goes to Elizabeth Mall. Metro Gaisano placed second while SM City was third.

For the on-site decoration category, the St. Cecilia's College won the first prize, the Abellana National School (Mathematics Teachers Association came in second and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas placed third.

In the float category, International Pharmaceutical Inc. bagged the first prize, Lacto Bacillus Pafi Techno Res. Corp. placed second while the Seacrest Maritime Foundation Inc./Southwestern University settled for third prize.

In the higante category, first place goes to Giovanni Abos, second to Florentina Tabaco and third to Tribu Magta.

For the puppeteers' category, Alfred Bayon-on won the first prize. Pierre Famador bagged the second prize while Noelito Famadot won the third prize.

Carmen was adjudged as best in musicality.

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