Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pasigarbo Sa Sugbo 2010 Street Dancing Competition, Notes 3

Sogod town with their Panagsogod Festival was next. Crowds were noisily cheering again, this time because the groups lead guy (the one that holds their identity i.e., PSS-11) was a young gay dancing in exaggerated movements that everyone had fun watching him. When asked to stop by their coordinators, he would do so in a mighty starlet’s pause hehe! This was a group of black and shiny shimmering kids. Many of us toyed with shooting pics and vids to watch how the reflections from their costumes affected the camera lenses. Even the festival queen’s costume was shining shimmering glittering silver, no one seemed to be minding about their dance hehe. Well, I did notice this group must have had the tiniest of patron saints paraded.


Next was the town of Malabuyoc with their Binuyokan Festival. Hmm, the truck that carried their sound boxes was adorned with drawings of corn and leaves, good enough. But the dancers wearing those props that made them look like a plank of 5 people was curious and catchy. It grabbed everyone’s attention as they looked fun. Footwork and hand movements of the dancers were not that great but they seemed to be having fun. And if the previous group had the tiniest patron saint, Malabuyoc’s was the exact opposite. It was big and more than life-size!


Consolacion’s Sarok Festival came next. Well, the truck for their sound system looked bare and ordinary with two banana plants looking at it from up front. But when it came closer… wow! The sides were adorned with the “sarok” (it’s the hat) and up on the platform, amongst greens and real flowing water from a bamboo trunk, an old woman was silently weaving sarok. Yes, live! She silently sat there making a hat. It was something. People fell silent, watching her do the thing. But the beautiful festival queen in her gown peppered with the hat was next. And the dancers… well, good enough and colorful, but, I wanted to call them “the counting festival” hehe. Not only their trainers were counting loudly but, ah just listen to the video! I like how they paraded the patron saint though, in a canopy of sarok adorned with a lot of tiny little saroks! Oh at this point I learned those “carriages” for the saints are called “Andas”. O ha?! I learned something.


Moalboal came next with their Kagasangan Festival. Mixed emotions here… for me and the crowd. The truck carrying their sounds looked like something interesting but I couldn’t make out what it was. When it drew nearer and looking at it from the side, wow, there was a depiction of brightly colored marine life and the whole truck looked like an interesting… I don’t know hehe. Maybe a stone or boulder? But it was so bright it actually looked edible hehe! Came their festival queen, and ah she awakened everyone. Beautiful indeed. She was crowned the Pasigarbo Festival Queen 2010 just two nights ago. Nice costumes and nice colorful props. Naubos na yata ang Mandaue Foam hehe! Oh, someone looked familiar… yep, the choreographer. But not a good idea to say hi to him at that time. And this is why many in the crowd frowned. While the dancers were expertly swaying to the pasigarbo tune, the music player (whatever they used) kept jumping either forward or backward. Naturally dancers would quickly stop and hesitate. They were able to recover readily though by listening to whatever part of the music came. Poor children, magaling pa naman. And the choreographer was all fire in his head shouting a lot of unmentionable undesirables up at their music man. All these in front of the judging station. Tsk tsk…


Next was Toslob Festival from Oslob. Their music truck… okay I learned from a fellow spectator at this point that those are called “audio vans”… their audio-van was nothing fantastic but good enough. It sported somoething like a collection of big shields (or something hehe). They now came in a darker blue as last year they were lighter blue hehe. But still shiny! Beautiful and very young festival queen, angelic face! Good dancers. I didn’t hear much of the counting except over at the very end on those boys holding big ply boards as backdrop of the group. A choreographer was counting loudly for them and I observed for a while. Turns out, those boys rely on the count to do their movements as they don’t see anything in front of them. How would they when those boards are probably double their height and wide enough to hide two of them! Must be a difficult role there!


Pamugsay Festival followed. Hmm, this is also from the Camotes islands, the island-town of Pilar. The audio-van was kinda cute hehe. Of course it sports a lot of paddles since that is what the festival is named for “bugsay”. Pamugsay meaning paddle out or paddle away. Their audio van had a lot of fish, ferns and fans. Fans? Yes, but I don’t know why hehe. Somehow it seemed out of context. Nice enough and well-coordinated movements, but their dance was not as complicated as those of other groups.


Other groups coming soon...

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