MISAMIS Oriental--The 3rd Kaadlawan Festival in the town of Villanueva under Mayor Jennie Uy yesterday wrapped up with the streetdancing competition and showdown yesterday and the Dances of the heart and soul, a power dance by Douglas Nierras, on the 12th day of December.
Mr. Allan Fernandez II, one of the judges, said 11 barangays participated in the streetdancing. The other judges were The parade, enchanted by their respective queen, each
of the 11 barangays also paraded their float decorated with indigenous materials.
The participating barangays include San Martin, Poblacion 1, Katipunan, Dayawan, Kimaya, Tambobong, Looc, Poblacion 3, Poblacion 2, Balacanas, Looc, and,
Prizes at stakes for the streetdancing competition include P10,000 for best in costumes and props, and P10,000 for best in festival float, best in streetdancing, best Kaadlawan Festivfal Queen 2019, and Best in Choreography, respectively.
For the showdown, the winners will receive P100,000 plus trophy for grand champion, P80,000 plus for the first runner up, P60,000 plus trophy for the second runner up, and P20,000 as consolacion prize.
The 3rd Kaadlawan festival in the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental started with the PASIGA 2019, the lighting of giant "Sulo” (torch).
Ruel Gayoso, municipal administrator of Villuanueva town, said the switch-on ceremony of the giant "Sulo,” a vernacular term for torch, served as one of the highlights of “Fiesko 2019” or the “Happy Fiesta and Pasko celebration of the municipality of Villanueva.”
“It was an annual activity of the local government of Villanueva,” said Gayoso adding, “what was added this year is the lighting of the giant torch apart from the usual Christmas trees and lanterns.”
He said ceremonial switch-on of the Villanueva High Mast Tower (SULO) with accompanying music and dancing Christmas lights was spearheaded by Mayor Jennie Uy.
Although second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who is still attending the session in Congress, failed to attend the activity, Gayoso said the congresswoman sent second district Board Member Jessa Mugot to represent her.
In her post to FB, Mugot said: “Thank you LGU Villanueva and Mayor Jennie Uy for inviting me! So Honored to be part of your celebration. More blessings Villanueva!!! Happy Fiesta!”
The lighting of the “Giant Sulo” was done at the town’s Public Plaza on December 1 (Sunday) at around 7 in the evening, Gayoso said.
Mayor Uy also led the official opening of the Inter-Barangay Christmas Village contest with every barangay creating miniature replicas of significant landmarks in our town.
She also led the official opening of the Inter-school Christmas Tree Contest designed by the various schools within the municipality using recycled materials.
“This Sulo shall serve a practical purpose in our community that goes beyond a symbolic landmark,” said Mayor Uy. “In this tower, a blinker and emergency siren will be set up that will serve as an early warning device to alert our constituents of impending calamities that have been predicted to strike such as typhoons and tsunamis,” she said. In addition, Mayor Uy said a public address system will be set up in this tower for important announcements concerning the safety of our community, peace and order and cleanliness.
For her part, Congresswoman Uy said: “SULO for me, simply signifies that The municipality of Villanueva aide its constituents to move FORWARD to the RIGHT PATH to achieve a holistic development and a direction to be the more progressive municipality of Mindanao.”
“Thank you Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy, and former Mayor Julio Uy for the vision you endowed for the good of all Villanuevanons,” said Congresswoman Uy.
Apart from Pasiga, Gayoso said some of the activities include the Unity Cup, an open competition for Basketball and Volleyball enthusiasts.
He said the town has also scheduled a bloodletting, and an outreach program for driver’s license renewal, a joint partnership between the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the town of Villanueva.
Other activities, he said include the Religious night, Educators’ Night, the Kaadlawan festival, a street dancing and Tableau showdown competition, and the search for Festival Queen, an activity in honor of the patron saint of Villanueva, the Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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