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San Jose NHS dominates Sangyaw Festival Parade of Lights 2023

San Jose NHS dominates Sangyaw Festival Parade of Lights 2023

 San Jose National High School emerges as the grand champion in the float and dance competition of the 2023 Sangyaw Festival Parade of Lights in Tacloban City.  Photo: PIA-EV/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – On June 29, the Sangyaw Festival Parade of Lights 2023, a highly anticipated cultural event in Tacloban City, concluded with San Jose National High School stealing the spotlight as the grand champion in the float and dance competition on June 29. 

The festival showcased the vibrant spirit and creative talents of various schools, barangays, and local government units, bringing colors and joy to the streets.

The Sangyaw Street Dance Competition saw an intense battle between seven schools, with San Jose National High School securing the prestigious grand champion title. Tacloban Angelicum Learning Center's talented performers claimed second place, while Caibiran, Biliran secured third place, impressing the judges and the enthusiastic audience.

Apart from the overall rankings, several special awards were also presented. San Jose National High School garnered the "Best in Costume" and "Best in Parade/Street Dance" awards. At the same time, Tacloban Angelicum Learning Center was recognized as "Best in Musicality," adding further glory to their achievements.

In the "Best in Merry Makers," category, D' Naturals emerged as the grand champion, followed by Tingog Fitness Club in second place and Sheridan Marketing Incorporated in third place. These merry-makers kept the festival's spirit alive and enchanted the spectators with their vibrant performances.

The Sangyaw Festival Parade of Lights was a platform for friendly competition and a celebration of Tacloban City's rich cultural heritage. 

The event attracted participants from three barangays, two local government units (Basey in Samar and Caibiran in Biliran), and several educational institutions, including Tacloban City National High School, Tacloban Institute of Electronics, and JE Mondejar Computer College.

Since being classified as a highly urbanized city in 2008, Tacloban has proudly embraced the Sangyaw Festival as its official cultural event. This year's festival, with the theme "PAGHIULI, PAGHIBALIK, NGAN PAGKAMABAKUD" (Reunion, Return, and Strength), embodied the resilience and unity of the city in the face of challenges.

The float and dance competition winners received substantial cash prizes and recognition. The Grand Champion in the Festival Float Competition walked away with a whopping P500,000 and a trophy. The second and third-place finishers were awarded P300,000 and P200,000, respectively. In addition, a consolation award of 20,000 pesos was given to those who did not secure the top positions.

The festival prizes for "Best in Street Dance," "Best in Costume," and "Musicality" also added excitement to the competition, with each winner receiving a cash prize of 20,000, 10,000, and 10,000 pesos, respectively. —iTacloban

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