KAAMULAN 2012: Maramag, Malitbog shine in street dancing, ground presentation, float competitions

The Municipality of Maramag’s entry to the Kaamulan 2012 float competition. The contingent won the street dancing competition.

Bukidnon News photo by Hazel Generalao

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/ March 06, 2012) –  The contingent from the Municipality of Maramag bagged the top prize in the Kaamulan 2012 street dancing competition on March 3, one of the highlights and the biggest crowd drawer of the annual festival.

The second place went to the Municipality of Malitbog, the third place to the Municipality of San Fernando, and the fourth place to the Municipality of Cabanglasan.

The contingent from the Municipality of Maramag, which is at the crossroads of the province, featured the Lalabutan or the traditional exchanging or bartering of goods or food among the Lumads.

Maramag, according to the storyline, is the original meeting place for bartering activities of the Lumads in the province. After the barter trade, the Lumads then perform dances, play their music, pray through chanting, and play games.

Now, Maramag is a progressive town where all road routes passing Bukidnon converge.
Malitbog contingent won both the ground presentation and the float competitions.

Maramag won second, San Fernando third, and Valencia City fourth  for the ground presentation.

Also awarded for their floats were Quezon, Valencia City and San Fernando.

Cash prizes were given to winners: (street dancing) P150,000 for first place, P100,000 for second place and P50,000 for third place.

First prize for the ground performance was P50,000, second prize—P30,000 and third P20,000.

Float contest prizes were pegged at P50,000 (1st), P30,000 (2nd), P20,000 (3rd) and P10,000 consolation for all participating floats.

Fifteen minutes past 7am Saturday, crowds started to flock the Sayre highway as traffic was diverted clearing the route for the Ikat ikat ta Dadalanen (Binukid for ‘street dancing’).

The Fire Brigade with their fire trucks drenched the roads with water to make it trouble-free for the street dancers even performing bare feet. On the other hand, college students, under Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and National Service Training Program (NSTP), cordoned the sidewalks.

Two hours before, Pamuhat ritual was done at Pine Hills Hotel, fronting part of the Sayre Highway where the street dancing started.

Fireworks marked the start of street dancing proper. Street performances of participating contingents were in the following order: Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Quezon, Kalilangan, Valencia City, Malitbog, and Maramag. Entries were led by tribal and municipal leaders, and accompanied by their floats.

Street performances took about four hours as participants stopped at certain points to offer their dance to spectators. The route led to Capitol grounds where the ground presentation took place.

The event was graced by visitors and provincial inhabitants alike, along with vice president Jejomar C. Binay, Spanish envoy Jorge Domecq with his wife, former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Bukidnon 1st district representative Jesus Emmanuel Paras, Bukidnon 2nd district representative Florencio Flores Jr., and celebrity Tony Boy Cojuangco.

Street dancing was judged with the following criteria: 30 percent performance, 20 percent fluidity, 20 percent costume, 20 percent musicality, and 10 percent props, according to the Bukidnon Tourism Office.

On the other hand, criteria for ground performance were 50 percent, blocking style, conduction and movements, and action development of the plot and clearly bringing the action for initial incident to the turning point that lead the audience to the anticipation of the climax—dramatic techniques that the artistic director employs to establish the greeting and purgation effect of the climax. Thirty percent (30%) for the use of props, costume, sounds and movements facilitate to clearly reveal the story and characterization of the part performing major and minor roles. Ten percent (10%)– the establishment of balance in group movement and the utilization of entire performance spaces in both stage and ground. Ten percent (10%)— smoothness and functional management of the entrance and exit of the performers of each group.

For float contest, the criteria were as follows: 40percent float design (critical Bukidnon colors and symbols on designs, describes the municipality/city, creativity and storyline), 40percent for artistry and craftsmanship, and 20percent overall impact. (Hazel Mae A. Generalao/Bukidnon News)

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One Response

  1. congratz! superb presentations!

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