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FLAUNT WITH PRIDE. A young dancer of St. Therese Dance Troupe proudly displays their Mission Church’s emblem amid their lively performance.


St. Therese of Child Jesus Mission Church-Pagsangahan was named champion of the streetdance competition of the 1st Abaca Hag-ot Festival during the 66th Founding Anniversary and Town Fiesta of the town of San Miguel lasy May 7, 2018.

The mission church from Pagsangahan won by a slim margin of two points against Saint Michael the Archangel Parish-Poblacion, and other two contingents San Jose Maria Escriva –Obo Mission Church and Saints Louis and Zelie Martin Parish Church-Mabato who came 3rd and fourth respectively.

Rough start

St. Therese of Child Jesus Mission Church (Pagsangahan) Dance Troupe, sheltered only by the open ground of Pagsangahan Elementary School which is vulnerable to both rain and heat, while the rest of the competitors enjoy the amenity of covered courts.

All the exhaustions, along with the changing weather, pushed some members of the group on the brink of collapsing. The preparation done on an unfavourable setting went on for a few more days until three days before the competition, they transferred to a proper venue, this time they were able to execute all the dance formation and stunts for their performance.

OPENING STUNT. Therese Dance Troupe astounds the entire Patio De San Miguel as they make a breathtaking opening stunt where one of the members flawlessly hangs on a long bamboo trunk, while his teammates wave him abreast hiding behind the plywood painted with the image of their patron saint.

Adding to the problems already at hand are the unfinished costumes and props needed for the performance, causing them to panic. In their town, when you are up against the barangays of poblacion, it is already a dreading thought to think of.

“Nawawar-an na ngani kami kipag-asa,” uttered choreographer Mark Jayson Ros upon describing the adversities they faced during the course of preparation.

And when everything seemed to thump them down and pull their hopes from clinching their aspired victory, they didn’t give in to the drawbacks of their team’s preparations.

Scintillating finish

Their performance was highlighted by picture-perfect choreography that went with their unique stunts, lively dance execution and story line depicting the abaca farmer or palahag-ot way of life.  These catapulted the mission church of Pagsangahan to the top spot garnering 30,000 cash prize and also the Best in Music award.

“Ngunyan na nanggana kami, ang masasabi ko lang, is blessed kami,” the words uttered by Mr. Mark Jayson after the announcement of the results.

Mark Jayson Ros is a Non-uniformed Police and radio operator of Baras MPS.

“Nagbali kami uya, para mag-enjoy yung mga bata habang summer, mapa-ogma yung mga tawo, mapahiling yung concept, maging maogma. Kumbaga, bako kaming after the money. Yung price na yan, token nalang yan saamo”, the Agban-based choreographer added.

“Their music was different, their choreography was fresh, and the costume was captivating,” Architect Jay T. Romano, chairman of the board of judges expressed great appreciation to the performance of the team.

COLORFUL EXIT. The red hot performers conclude in fashion, waving a stunning array of colors under the watchful eyes of the Board of Judges.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Mission Church is the farthest place of devotion from the Poblacion of San Miguel. Some of its barangays are gateways to its neighbor municipality-Viga and others are rivers away from one another.

“Nagbunga yung mga pagal mi. Nakuha mi yung ya aim mi na maging champion kaya thankful kami,”Mr. Mark Jayson said with satisfaction and happiness in his face.

“Wort it yung pagal mi”, Ros finally added.

“Actually, I didn’t expect that this is so nice. This could have been included in the abaca festival because the Abaca Hag-ot Festival could be a prelude to the main celebration,” Architect Jay T. Romano said.

Romano labelled San Migueleńos as very receptive, fun and appreciative people and described the entire Abaca Hag-ot Festival as ‘nice and unexpected’.



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