Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mayor Yap increases Saulog
streetdancing aid at P200K

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 16 (PIA) --Expect a livelier, merrier and more densely composed dancing contingents vying for the Saulog sa Tagbilaran Street Dancing Competition this April 26. 

This as 15 of the 15 city districts are fielding dancing contingents in the street dancing and ritual competition are now given P200,000.00 as cash subsidy for the record to beat: most widely participated street-dancing event in the city. 

It is not easy to organize a dance contingent and the subsidy, at least, make it bearable for the barangays, whose chairmen have strongly supported the Saulog, said the city information officer, Fiel Angeli Araoarao-Gabin. 

Choreographers from distant regions and instrumentalists are having a field day and nights as district contingents even close their rehearsals to the public to really show something that would enthrall the crowd, she shared. 

She said organizers may not be able to strip off the usual dance steps alien to Bohol culture, but Gabin, who used to be a dancer from the famed Bohol High School Bukangliwayway Troupe added that dancing contingents must show at least four basic dance steps which are among the judging criteria: panguros, panukdok, pagpanipilya and paghalad. 

These are the most basic tasks of the saint worker upon which the city is enthroned. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA, Gabin assured a bigger and better Saulog sa Tagbilaran, which she described as a thanksgiving to St Joseph for the blessing bestowed on the city under Mayor John Geesnell Yap and the local officials. 

Poised to aggressively push for tourism by making the city, not just as entry and exit point for Bohol tourists, Tagbilaran presents the City of Friendship as a veritable tourism destination in itself, according to Gabin. 

The Saulog streetdancing, apart from being a dance offering of the life of Saint Joseph, also allows Tagbilaranons to showcase what the City of Friendship has to offer. 

Also to watch during the streetdancing event are the Festival Queens, the most fitting epitomes of Tagbilaran as a city of grace, color and character. 

And for another first, the competition would be claiming the city streets and main thoroughfare; not on the usual vespers day of the feastday of the city's patron Saint Joseph the Worker, but on Sunday, April 26. (rac/PIA-7Bohol)

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