DAGUPAN CITY — Cluster 2 contingent, led by Barangay Pantal, won over five other clusters of Dagupan villages when it swept all the minor and major awards as well as the grand prize of Php 150,000 in the much-awaited Gilon-Gilon ed Dalan (Street Dancing) competition that opened the 2016 Dagupan Bangus Festival on April 8.
Cluster 2 actually went home with a total of Php 220,000 after capturing all the minor awards given by this year’s Bangus Festival executive committee headed by Mayor Belen Fernandez, honorary chairman, for being adjudged as Beat in Streetdancing, Php 20,000; Best in Props, Php 20,000; Best in Costume, Php 10,000; and Best in Showdown, Php 10,000.
Led by Barangay Pantal, last year’s Gilon-Gilon stretdancing champion then as an independent entry, Cluster 2 will represent Dagupan in the bigger “Festivals of the North” on April 18, another more exciting part of the current Bangus Festival.
Other streetdancers that made up the champion Cluster 2 were from the island Barangays Calmay, Carael, Lomboy, Pugaro and Salapingao.
First runner-up was Cluster 4 composed of the leader village Caranglaan, Bacayao Sur, Bacayao Norte, Herrero Perwz and Mayombo that won P100,000; followed by Cluster 6 composed of Tebeng (leader); Tambac, Mamalingling, Salisay, Mangin and Bolosan.
Other participants were Cluster 1 composed of Tapuac (leader); Barangay 1, Barangay 2 & 3. Barangay 4 and Poblaxion Oeste; Barangay 3 comprising Lucao (leader). Lasip Chico, Lasip Grands, Malued and Pugo Grande; and Cluster V composed of Bonuan Boquig, Bonuan Binloc, Bonuan Gueset and Pogo Chico.
To avoid the scorching heat of the sun that may affect the participants, many of whom were on bare feet, the festival executive committee began the streetdancing parade at 4 p. m. at the city plaza and onto Dagupan’s downtown loop and back to the city plaza for their respective focal performances.
Up to 30,000 people lined up the streets and later packed up the city plaza to witness the streetdancing showdown among the six top streetdancing groups that adopted and have close resemblance with the movements of fishermen while they are harvesting their milkfish (bangus) from their ponds.
More people will flock to Dagupan on April 18 when eight festival champions from various parts of Northern and Central Luzon will meet and stage a showdown to choose who aming them is the best in the featured “Festivals of the Norrh”. PNA/northboundasia.com