Young artists from the local government units of Carcar City, Minglanilla and San Fernando bested their counterparts in the 1st Cluster Eliminations for the 7th Halad sa Kabataan 2013 held last Thursday, Aug. 15, at the audio-visual room of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Minglanilla.
Maria Ines Escuadro and Vince Lloyd Indiola of Carcar City and Andree Abigail Gabato and Roland Vincent Sales of Minglanilla strummed their way to the judges hearts in the guitar duet competition.
The duos of Jessica Villarubin and Mariella Linea Enad of San Fernando and Larrah Mae Cabiles and Jason Tecson of Minglanilla sang their hearts out to get the judges’ nods in the vocal duet competition.
Minglanilla Mayor Elanito Peña welcomed the contestants, the social workers, parents, coaches and others who came to witness the event.
The cluster winners make up the finalists of the 7th Halad sa Kabataan 2013 grand finals which is tentatively set on Oct. 18. The venue is still to be finalized. Halad sa Kabataan is an annual project of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children headed by Gov. Hilario Davide III and co-chaired by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.
Unlike in previous editions, this year’s Halad eliminations is no longer done by district. The council grouped the local government units into six clusters. The first cluster is composed of the local governments of Talisay City, Minglanilla, Naga City, San Fernando, Carcar City, Sibonga, Argao and Dalaguete. The second cluster is composed of Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc and Alegria,
The third cluster is composed of Badian, Moalboal, Alcantara, Ronda, Dumanjug, Barili, Aloguinsan and Pinamungajan. The fourth is comprised of Toledo City, Balamban, Asturias, Tuburan, Tabuelan, Bantayan, Santa Fe and Madridejos.
Daanbantayan, San Remigio, Medellin, Bogo, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod, Carmen and Catmon make up the fifth cluster while Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Cordova, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela and Pilar compose the sixth Cluster.
Next elimination rounds will be held in Alegria (Aug. 22), Barili (Aug. 28), Tabuelan (Aug. 29), Catmon (Sept. 5) and Consolacion (Sept. 12). Aside from the vocal and guitar duet competitions, a rondalla competition will also be held in the 7th Halad sa Kabataan.
Handsome prizes are at stake for the winning duos and rondalla groups. (Roger Serna)