THE culture and arts of Negros Occidental is promoted through various competitions held during the annual Panaad Sa Negros Festival, which is now on its 24th year.
Hiligaynon music favorites played by through stringed musical instruments are showcased in the Panaad Rondalla Competition held at the Panaad Stadium.
This year, City of Bacolod was hailed champion in the Elementary Category with a cash prize of P25,000 while the Municipality of Manapla ruled the Open Category, receiving P20,000 in cash.
Each group performed the contest piece “Dalawidaw” provided by the Rondalla Committee, and one music piece of their choice.
In the Open Category, Bacolod City and Pulupandan placed second and third, receiving P12,000 and P8,000 in cash prizes, respectively.
Manapla, with P15,000, and Valladolid, with P8,000, bagged the second and third places in the Elementary Category.
Meanwhile in the 2017 Paindis-indis sa Binalaybay, the City of Bacolod also won the first prize, with P10,000 as cash prize.
In second and third places were the cities of Escalante and Silay, respectively, bringing home P7,000 and P5,000 in cash as well.
The Binalaybay Contest aims to promote the Negrense culture and arts, generate interest and participation from the component cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, and discover local talents as well.
Contest pieces were in Hiligaynon or Cebuano languages and the content must be original and relevant to the theme, “Panaad: Shining Bright @ 24.”
The Municipality La Castellana was named this year’s champion of the Children’s Choir Competition, receiving P30,000 in cash prize.
Silay City and Pontevedra town ranked second and third, respectively, with P20,000 and P10,000 in cash.
All winners also received trophies and certificates.
The competing groups were judged according to technical proficiency, musicality, and overall artistic impression.
In the Drum and Lyre Competition, Silay South Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps representing the City of Silay is this year’s champion, receiving P50,000 in cash prize.
Corazon L. Montelibano Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Bacolod City took the second place, with P40,000; Tabugon Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Kabankalan City, third with P30,000; Pulupandan Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of the Municipality of Pulupandan, fourth, P20,000; and Ma. Rosario Araneta Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Bago City, fifth, P10,000.
Those who received P5,000 each as consolation prize were Maria Lopez Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Sagay City, Candoni Central Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Candoni, Escalante Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Escalante City, Emilio Infante Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Valladolid, La Carlota North Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of La Carlota City, and Talisay Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Talisay City.
Bacolod City bagged the Best in Uniform award and received P5,000.
Anna Isabella Pajarillo also of Bacolod City was adjudged Best Drum Major and received P2,500.
Instruments used during the competition were lyre, xylophone, drums, cymbals and cowbells. (PR)
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on April 26, 2017.
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