5th win for Tal­isay

In front of an es­ti­mated 20,000 crowd at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter, the con­tin­gent from Tal­isay City Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School bagged its fifth tro­phy in all the five years it joined the Sin­u­log sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.

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Yes­ter­day, the con­tin­gent won first in Rit­ual Show­down (P350,000) and sec­ond Street Danc­ing (P30,000). It was also named Best in Mu­si­cal­ity (P50,000) and Best in Cos­tume (P50,000).

The group’s chore­og­ra­pher, Mar­vey Caño, said the group won in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. The group skipped the com­pe­ti­tion in 2016.

Tal­isay bested con­tin­gents from City of Naga Di­vi­sion (Tuyan Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School), City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy, Tribu Gi­nati­lan, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tubu­ran, Car­car City Di­vi­sion, and Tribu Hi­nat­dan (Palanas, Gi­nati­lan, Cebu).

The judges’ de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous.

Clear pre­sen­ta­tion of the con­cept, proper use of props, chore­og­ra­phy, and pleas­ant cos­tumes pro­pelled Tal­isay to vic­tory, said Philip­pine Folk Dance So­ci­ety President Rodel Fronda, chair­man of the board of judges.

“There was a clear de­vel­op­ment of the story and thought they have lots of cos­tumes and props, they were able to man­age the for­ma­tions and the chore­og­ra­phy in de­vel­op­ing the whole sto­ry­line,” he told re­porters.

The dancers changed cos­tumes three times – from white to light brown to pink and light blue. The group also uti­lized three­d­i­men­sional props that com­ple­mented the dancers' per­for­mance.

Tal­isay's pre­sen­ta­tion cen­tered on the city's pro­duce, ca­cao, and its byprod­uct, the lo­cal cho­co­late known as tablea. The pre­sen­ta­tion show­cased the plant­ing and har­vest­ing of ca­cao and con­sum­ing the tablea prod­uct.


Cora Agustin, one of the judges, said per­for­mances have be­come bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year.

Agustin has been judg­ing the Sin­u­log for many years.

What con­tin­gents need to be re­minded of, par­tic­u­larly the chore­og­ra­phers, are the proper han­dling of props, as well as the props that should be in­cluded in the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Agustin saw faulty ma­nip­u­la­tion of props and the pres­ence of props that were no longer sig­nif­i­cant to the whole


In pre­vi­ous years, con­tin­gents of the Sin­u­log sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan were di­vided into two cat­e­gories – the el­e­men­tary and se­condary di­vi­sions.

Last year, Tal­isay City Di­vi­sion and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tubu­ran were awarded Best in Rit­ual Show­down for the el­e­men­tary and se­condary di­vi­sions, re­spec­tively.

Sin­u­log Foun­da­tion Inc. Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ricky Balles­teros said the foun­da­tion de­cided to com­bine the two cat­e­gories this year be­cause of the small num­ber of con­tin­gents.

“Sup­pos­edly, no con­test cat­e­gory na siya kon dili maabot og eight ka con­tin­gents but atong gi­com­pro­mise nalang maong gi-usa og cat­e­gory ang el­e­men­tary and se­condary and open cat­e­gory na siya karon,” Balles­teros told re­porters.

Still, de­spite only seven groups join­ing the Sin­u­log

sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, the per­for­mances made up for the num­ber, he said.

Balles­teros said there is a need to in­crease the sub­sidy the city gives to con­tin­gents to en­cour­age more par­tic­i­pants next year.

The city gives a P300,000 sub­sidy and Balles­teros be­lieves it is bet­ter to raise the amount to P500,000.

"For me, mas maayo i-in­crease ang sub­sidy com­pared sa prizes kay lisod gyod mag-form og pro­duc­tion," he said.

Tal­isay, for one, spent at least P6.7 mil­lion for the whole pro­duc­tion, ex­clud­ing the ex­penses on the changes and ad­di­tional el­e­ments for next week's Grand Pa­rade.

What the grouped re­ceived in prices, P480,000, is cer­tainly much lower.

“Dili man mo-mind ang mga Gul­las mo-spend kay mga de­boto man sila ni Sto. Niño gyod. Ang chal­lenge lang namo is ang pro­cesses lang sa pag-re­lease sa kwarta kay sa gov­ern­ment man gud,” Caño said.


Other win­ners for Rit­ual show­down are Car­car City Di­vi­sion (2nd, P300,000); City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy (3rd, P250,000); Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tubu­ran, Cebu (4th, P200,000); and Tribu Gi­nati­lan (5th; P150,000).

The win­ners of Best in Mu­si­cal­ity – Tal­isay City Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School (1st, P50,000); Car­car City Di­vi­sion (2nd, P30,000); City of Bogo Science

and Arts Academy (3rd, P20,000); Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tubu­ran, Cebu (4th, P15,000); and Tribu Hi­nat­dan (5th, P15,000).

The con­tin­gent from Tubu­ran, Cebu won best in street danc­ing with a cash prize of P50,000 fol­lowed by Tal­isay City Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School with P30,000; and Car­car City Di­vi­sion with P30,000.

The two non-win­ning con­tin­gents of the rit­ual show­down re­ceived P50,000 each as con­so­la­tion prize – City of Naga Di­vi­sion (Tuyan Cen­tral El­e­men­tary School) and Tribu Hi­nat­dan (Palanas, Gi­nati­lan, Cebu).


Mem­bers of the Tal­isay con­tin­gent re­joice af­ter the group was an­nounced win­ner in yes­ter­day's Sin­u­log sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.

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