Abellana, Mabolo earn slots in grand parade

AFTER winning first place in 2008 and taking a break last year, the Mabolo Elementary School (ES) returned to the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan yesterday with flying colors, upstaging eight others with its performance.

Abellana National School (ANS), on other hand, bounced back from a fifth place finish by taking the top spot in the high school category, with its adoption of a Bulacan ritual dance in its production.

View photos of Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan elementary division competition

Choreographer Walter Betito said he used the Subli-an as the concept because it also honors the Sto. Niño. The celebration is held every May 2.

He did not expect to clinch first place, but said he believes they managed to do so because of their performance and choreography.

Both Mabolo and ANS also took the best in costume award in their categories.

ANS dethroned Don Sergio Osmeña Memorial National High School (NHS), which placed fourth.

With its dancers wearing the traditional Filipiniana with bell sleeves, Betito said the white costumes with see-through tapis were also an adoption of the Subli.

The presentation included a huge black cross (Sta. Cruz) that was the centerpiece of the Subli.

Dr. Larry Gabao, board of judges chairman, said ANS could improve on the transition from the use of the cross, as object of veneration, to the Sto. Niño.

But, he said, the ANS contingent showed maturity and discipline in the clean execution of the dance steps, and this was what made it win.(more)

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