Cordilleran 'Bardiller­anz' breaks into main­stream stage

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CORDILLERANS are well known for their great physique, be­ing en­gaged in farm­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, aside from trekking up the moun­tains.

But who would have thought that a group of young Cordilleran men, who just use the Rose Gar­den at Burn­ham Park as their stage for cal­is­then­ics and street dance, would break into main­stream stage and en­thrall judges of TV net­work ABS-CBN’s weekly tal­ent search show, Pilip­inas Got Tal­ent (PGT)?

The group, with mem­bers aged 18 to 38, now amaze au­di­ences, even on the global in­ter­net.

“It all started with a goal, then a mis­sion to make cal­is­then­ics and street work­out as a healthy lifestyle,” An­to­nio Pa­so­quen, a mem­ber of Bardiller­anz, said.

Bardiller­anz is com­posed of seven ath­letes: Pa­so­quen, a na­tive of Ifu­gao; Joseph Ha­log from Baguio; Or­tis Tin­daan Jr. from Ifu­gao; Dan Su­men­gin from Sablan, Benguet; Jeric Ter­cepo from Ito­gon, Benguet; Ed­ward Bam­bico, and Aldrin Hattem also from Ifu­gao.

The group’s name is a mix of the words “bar”, re­fer­ring to the pull-up bars they use for their cal­is­then­ics rou­tines, and “Cordillerans”, as they all hail from the Cordillera re­gion.

The group was ac­tu­ally a merger of two dif­fer­ent groups: the Baguio Cal­is­then­ics Move­ment and Igoro­tak Street Work­out. The two groups de­cided to unite after meet­ing each other while prac­tic­ing their cal­is­then­ics rou­tines at Burn­ham Park back in 2015.

It was never their plan to join the com­pe­ti­tion, they said, as they were just in­ter­ested in phys­i­cal train­ing and healthy lifestyle as young men of the up­land re­gion.

They sim­ply love phys­i­cal train­ing, as it pre­vents them from go­ing into vices, they said.

The tele­vi­sion stage opened when a tal­ent scout got in touch with them, ask­ing if they could join the au­di­tion for PGT.

Re­al­iz­ing what they have -- the physique and the tal­ent -- plus the pride they could give the Cordillerans, the group de­cided, “Why not try to join and show­case cal­is­then­ics work­out, since it has been for­got­ten by many sports en­thu­si­asts?”

The group mem­bers got them­selves mo­ti­vated through so­cial me­dia, as they watched over­seas per­for­mances of groups who do cal­is­then­ics. They then com­bined the move­ments with pre­ci­sion and dance moves.

Their nat­u­rally formed mus­cles and abs, as a re­sult of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and healthy diet, have also given the young men con­fi­dence.

“Ki­naya ng iba, pwede din namin gawin. Push lang ng push,” Pa­so­quen said.

The PGT show hosts gave the Bardiller­anz a “golden buzzer” in their ini­tial per­for­mance on na­tional tele­vi­sion on Jan­uary 6.

The group qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nals on April 8 and again made it to the fi­nals and set to vie for the cham­pi­onship on the PGT show that starts at 7 p.m. on April 29.

The Bardiller­anz be­lieve that through the na­tional tal­ent TV show, they can en­cour­age other young peo­ple to do cal­is­then­ics, prac­tice a healthy lifestyle, and avoid vices.

The boys are ask­ing those who ap­pre­ci­ate their per­for­mance and their fel­low Cordillerans to sup­port them through pray­ers and by vot­ing through text or via Google.

Through Google, type “PGT VOTE” and click “Bardiller­ans” then click “sub­mit”. Through Text, key in “PGT BARDI” and send to 2366 for all net­works.

“We are count­ing on our sup­port­ers and our Igorot kail­ians (town­mates) to help us in this en­deavor,” they cho­rused, say­ing Cordillerans or the Igorots can raise the bar of ex­cel­lence in per­for­mance with the Cordillerans' in­nate tal­ents and in­tel­li­gence. PNA

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