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Taking insight from the abaca fest’s theme, “Tibay nin Abaca, Kusog nin Pamilya, Orgullo kan Isla” street performers of Agricultural Rural Development Cooperative, Inc. (ARDCI) secured another championship for their heartfelt performance on the 4th Abaca Festival Street Dance Competition on May 29, 2019.

“The concept is a family that lives in a certain barangay that the only hope for living is abaca – source of income is only abaca. And kahit marami silang anak, they reared their children from the product of abaca hanggang maka-graduate sila ng college,” said Glonida Marquez, one of the choreographers of the ARDCI unit, explaining the storyline of their performance.

According to Marquez, they never strayed from what was given. From the brightly-colored costumes to their vivacious exhibition scene, all were guided accordingly by the set of guidelines and theme.

“We stuck to the guidelines – the number of participants, then yung theme. For every competition (naman kasi), kailangan magbase ka sa theme (and guidelines) para magkaroon ka ng magandang conceptualization,” she furthered.

ARDCI unit’s everyday training routine, including weekends, for three weeks involved a step-by-step practice of the dancers until midnight. Despite their office works, the dancers also managed to go to rehearsals on time.

Meanwhile, runners-up LGU-Bagamanoc and LGU-San Andres also shared the struggles they encountered during their preparation and training for the street dance competition.

“Hindi pagkakaintindihan sa choreography and music kasi individual yung set. Tinatapos yung choreography then tinatapos din yung music. Pag may binabago yung choreography, may hindi nakakarating sa amin, nasisira yung gawa ng music kaya dun lang kami nagkaiba,” LGU-Bagamanoc music trainer and bandleader Albert Cao accounted.

“Kulang (ang) budget pero nakayanan naman kahit ganoon ang nangyari. Tulong-tulong naman,” LGU- San Andres choreographer Jose Sarmiento disclosed.

All three contingents, by default, garnered all major prizes with Php 200,000 for the Champion; Php 150,000 for the 1st runner up; and Php 100,000 for the 2nd runner up.

Aside from the major prizes, minor awards worth Php 10,000 each were also given to ARDCI as Best in Costume, and LGU-Bagamanoc as Best in Moving Choreography and Best in Music.

Starting from the Capitol Grounds, the street dance ended at the Plaza Rizal for the grand showdown.

Based on the set criteria for judging, all performances were limited to 10 minutes each which shall include the entrance and exit. Performers were adjudged on the following: choreography – 30%, performance – 30%, production design – 20%, and over-all impact of 20%; for Moving Choreography: choreography – 40%, performance – 40%, and persistency – 20%.

The Abaca Festival street dance competition and showdown showcase the unique process of abaca production through an engaging dancing and merrymaking of street performers to the distinctive indigenous musical instruments.


Abaca Festival 2019 (4th)
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