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The 3rd Pintos Festival

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

“The Pintos Festival is getting better every year,” exclaimed Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. after watching the successful staging of the much improved 3rd Pintos Festival last Sunday (May 27).

Martinez told the crowd at the Don Celestino Martinez Sports Complex to expect a grander festival next year as they aim to gather more foreign visitors to flock the competition. Pintos Festival, which highlights their delicious Pintos delicacy, has become a fixture in the annual fiesta celebration of the city in honor of their patron St. Vicente Ferrer.

Acting Governor Vice Governor-elect Agnes Magpale graced the event. She appreciated that the local officials of the city have recognized the objective of the festival as part of the master plan to promote the countryside to tourists.

Five contingents bested each other in this year’s festival. They were Tribu Masidlakon of Verallo Foundation College, Banggiitang Tribu of Barangay Sambag Youth Dancers, Bogohanon Tribe of Barangay Cogon (Kita Kits Production), Tribu Masaulogon of Barangay Nailon Youth Movers, and Nagkahiusang Kabataang Gairanon of Barangay Gairan Young Leaders Federation.

They were judged based on the following criteria: For street dancing- 30 % choreography, 30 % performance, 20 % discipline, 10 % musicality, 10 % costume and props. For ritual and showdown- 30 % choreography, 30 % performance, 20 % theme/concept, 10 % musicality, 10 % costume and props.

With their will to win and superb performance, Nagkahiusang Kabataang Gaironon dominated the contest. They bagged P40,000 cash prize and a trophy for the ritual and showdown. They also took home all the minor awards such as best in costume (P10,000), best in musicality (P10,000), and street dancing (P10,000) for a total cash prize of P30,000.

Gairan Choreographer Jose Marie Palang Jamili said he was so proud for their unexpected win considering that they didn’t win last year. He said, “Our dancers were just confident and willing to give their best for the competition.”

Banggiitang Tribu and Bogohanon Tribe won second and third; they received P30,000 and P20,000 cash prizes, respectively.

For the first time in three years, City Tourism Officer Jocelyn Tan said they inserted the musicality award to make this year’s festival livelier. Each contingent hired their own professional festival drum and bugle corps and performed through live accompaniment.

Tribu Masidlakon was accompanied by Buds Unlimited, Banggiitang Tribu by Reborn Lancer, Labrianz DBC for Bogohanon Tribe and Tribu Masaulogon, and Nagkahiusang Kabataang Gairanon by D’Knights.

The judges for the street dancing competition are Edmund Apura, Cultural chairman of San Remegio National High School; Mayonito Abaquita, Physical Education (PE) coordinator of Lawaan 3 National High School; and Nińo Matillanio, artistic director and PE coordinator of Mandaue School for the Arts.

Maximar Custodio, Sinulog 2013 Grand Champion choreographer; Genever Enad, San Fernando tourism officer; Trinidad Bubuli, president of Cebu Tourism Officers Association judged the ritual and showdown competition.

Vice Mayor Santiago Sevilla and Manuel Sanchez, president of Solid Bogo Business Association and president of Bogo City Fiesta Executive Committee 2013 were also in attendance.