The Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, Leyte emerged as champion of the free-interpretation category of the 2012 Sinulog Festival held in Cebu City on January 15.
Lingganay Festival, the reigning champion of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in the province of Leyte, bested 30 other festivals from all over the country to win the coveted prize of P500,000 and trophy.
The other festival contingents from Leyte also did well in the much-awaited Sinulog Festival. Karatong Festival of Dulag, Leyte won as the second runner up while the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte ranked number six.
Mayor Loreto “Entong” Yu of Alangalang said that the Lingganay Festival was also chosen as the Best in Musicality and Best in Costume.
It was learned that the awarding ceremonies will be held at 1:00 p.m. of January 16.
Earlier, on January 13, the Lingganay Festival star dancer Conchitina Cleofe Cloma Yu was proclaimed second runner up in the Sinulog Queen 2012 where Nerissa L. Modesto, lead dancer of Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, was chosen as the first runner up.
The other winners include Himig Ulaw Festival of Placer, Masbate as the first runner up; Lumad Basakanon of Cebu City as the 3rd runner up; and Toledo National Vocational School as the 4th runner up.
The winners were judged according to the criteria such as theme, concept and ritual, 10 percent; performance, 25 percent; choreography, 25 percent; costume, 20 percent; props, 10 percent; and Sinulog musicality, 10 percent.
Sinulog Festival which is dubbed as the mother of all festivals in the country, is a festival in honor of Señor Santo Niño. (PIA 8)
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