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One of the highlighted events of the 67th Araw ng Governor Generoso and 8th Almasiga Festival Celebrations were the Drum and Lyre Corps (DLC) Competition and Indak-Indak Competition, which was held at Sigaboy Agricultural Vocational High School (SAVHS) Campus, Poblacion, this municipality. Before the formal opening of the said competitions was the Civic Parade from Camogna Bridge to SAVHS Campus which began at 8:20 am. The parade was participated by different school competitors, PNP, BFP, LGU employees, and other stakeholders. As the parade had begun, the DLC competitors as well as the Indak-Indak competitors noisily performed their preliminary performance to invite and to enliven the interests of the stakeholders who were watching along the road.
At exactly 9:20 A.M., the competition for DLC formally started. The Municipal Mayor Hon. Vicente D. Orencia formally opened the DLC and Indak-Indak Competition in his opening remarks. “Let us witness the talents and enjoy the performances of our young students in this competition”, Mayor Orencia said. The Almasiga Performing Arts Group (APAG) together with the Sinag-Lahi Performing Arts Guild (SPAG) of GGCAST performed the history of Governor Generoso through ethnic dance. After which, the seven elementary schools enthusiastically performed in succession regardless of the flaring heat of the sun. The DLC competitors were Enrique Orencia Elementary School of Barangay Tibanban, Quezon Elementary School of Barangay Tiblawan, Luzon Central Elementary School, Don Aurelio Chicote Elementary School, Nangan Elementary School, Magdug Elementary School, and Sigaboy Central Elementary School of Barangay Poblacion, which were entries number 1 to 7, respectively. In addition, EOES performed an intermission number, which was the Masskara Festival Dance. Concurrently, Vice Governor Hon. Mayo Z. Almario, and Board Members Hon. Niño Serato Uy, Hon. Daud Linsag, and Hon. Dennis Roflo, all from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao Oriental Provincial Government Office, also witnessed these performances in the culmination day of Araw ng Governor Generoso and Almasiga Festival. Each of the honored guests gave their words of thanks for having been invited to attend the long-week celebration.
In the afternoon, at exactly 1:55 P.M., the Indak-Indak Competition begun. The first two performers of Indak-Indak were Lavigan National High School and SAVHS. After their presentations, Municipal Vice Mayor Hon. Katrina Joy H. Orencia delivered a speech saying “I am happy to see that people of Governor Generoso exerted efforts to successfully celebrate our 67th Araw ng Governor Generoso and 8th Almasiga Festival, especially the efforts of our parents who continuously support their sons and daughters to join this wonderful event.” Then, followed the remaining four more entries from Nangan National High School, Luzon National High School, Pundaguitan National High School, and Tibanban National High School. The presentations of these six competitors roared the increased number of audience.
The board of judges of the DLC and Indak-Indak Competition were Dr. Jecelyn C. Dela Cuesta, Mr. Edmund L. Superada, and Mr. Marlon S. Saga. After critical judgment and careful tabulation, Dr. Rosita J. Bustamante, GGCAST President and the Chairperson of DLC and Indak-Indak Competition, finally announced the verdict after few minutes of waiting. The crowd went so excited to listen for the verdict when she said “And the winners for the Drum and Lyre Corps Competition...” Enrique Orencia Elementary School got the third place with Php 15,000 prize; Nangan Elementary School got the second place with Php 25,000 prize; and, Quezon Elementary School won as the champion for this year’s DLC competition and received Php 35,000 prize. Eventually, Dr. Bustamante announced the verdict for Indak-Indak Competition. SAVHS got the third place with Php 20,000 prize; Nangan National High School got second place with Php 30,000 prize; and, Tibanban National High School won as the champion for this year’s Indak-Indak competition and received Php 50,000 prize. Competitors of both competitions who were not in the top 3 received Php 10,000 each as consolation prize.
After all, these activities and programs set by the LGU would not be a success without the help and support of the active stakeholders.
-by: Danrey Vallejos