ENVIRONMENTAL protection and cultural preservation are the highlights of Saturday’s performance of the Sinulog as Kabataan sa Lalawigan.
Visual impact gave Pajo Elementary School its second title in a row and Tayud National High School (NHS) the coveted prize it nearly won last year in the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.
Aside from winning first place, both contingents were also awarded the best in costume in their categories.
Tayud evened the score with Silaw Culture and Arts of Carcar City, which defeated it for the top prize last year.
Jun Oliver Figueroa, choreographer, said that while their performance was not as neat as that of Silaw, which took second place, their production has several â€œsurprises.â€
The surprises included dancers being flung in the air like cheerleaders, then caught by male dancers.
Tayud’s story started with sleeping birds clad in red-orange costumes adorned with black feathers, who were gifted by the “diwata” (fairies) with a golden “sarok” (hat).
An antagonist in black took the “sarok.” But through the intercession of the Sto. Niño, the birds got the gift back, and the antagonist lay dead under the lead dancer’s foot.
Figueroa said the “deeper” meaning of their presentation is that while there may be those who try to take other people’s blessings away, those who suffer can always turn to the Lord.(more)