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Streetdance winners bared as Hermosa fest peaks today


The Talon-Talon National High School bagged the streetdance championship title during the showdown under the scorching sun yesterday as the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2018 reaches its climax today, Oct. 12, marking the feast of the miraculous patroness Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

At least 11 schools participated in the Streetdance Competition, one of the highlights of the annual festival with Talon-Talon National High School winning the Regional Open Category’s first prize of P300,000 plus P30,000 for Best in Musicality.

The second prize of P250,000 plus P30,000 for best in Costume and another P30,000 for Best in Streetdancing went to the contingent from Salug, Zamboanga del Norte, which was the champion last year. Lamitan City placed third and went home richer by P200,000.

In the Hermosa-Based Category, the Zamboanga City High School Main placed first and won P250,000 plus P30,000 for Best in Musicality, followed by Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat NHS, winning P200,000 plus P30,000 for Best in Costume and P30,000 for Best in Streetdancing.

The Arena Blanco NHS bested other contingents in the High School/College Category, placing first with P150,000 cash prize plus P30,000 for Best in Costume, while the newly opened Pasonanca NHS won the second prize of P100,000 plus P30,000 for Best in Musicality and another P30,000 for Best in Steetdancing.

The Putik Central School, meanwhile, bagged the P150,000 first prize in the Elementary Category plus P30,000 for Best in Costume and P30,000 for Best in Streetdancing. At second place was Talon-Talon Elementary School, winning P100,000 plus P30,000 for Best in Musicality, and Catalina Vda de Jalon Elementary School followed third with P70,000 prize.

Non-winning participants received P20,000 as consolation.

The competition, which started at 8 a.m. and ended past noontime, had two sets of judges—the panel of three for the streetdance showdown was composed of Ramon Locsin, president of Dinagyang Festival Foundation based in Ilo-Ilo City; Annie Divinagracia Sartotio, also from Ilo-Ilo; and Dr. Blancaflor Jimeno, dean of the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).

Wilven Pinili from Metro Manila, Michael Dujon from Ilo-Ilo and Mary Joy Bautista of WMSU were the judges for streetdancing.-(Vic Larato)

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