Basakanon awes crowd

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

LUMAD Basakanon of Barangay Basak San Nicolas again made Cebu proud by winning the grand prize in last Saturday’s Aliwan Festival held in Pasay City.

“They made the crowd go wild and cheer for their breathtaking performance,” Mayor Michael Rama told Sun.Star Cebu.

Lumad Basakanon, which represented the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City at the Aliwan, also bagged the best in musicality and best in costume awards.


Steffi Abarasturri, the Sinulog festival queen, was also named Reyna ng Aliwan 2014.
Abarasturri also won the best in gown, swimwear, national costume and unique smile special awards.

Cebu City officials, headed by Rama, Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, and some councilors, along with Sinulog Foundation Inc. Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros, went to Manila to support the group.

“It was a great comeback for the Basakanon in Aliwan,” Ballesteros said.


The group’s choreography, synchronization of moves, concept of the dance and discipline of the dancers, among others, were the reasons the Basakanon stand out among other contingents, Ballesteros added.

The win earned the contingent from Barangay Basak San Nicolas another P1 million and a trophy.

Like their performance during the Sinulog this year, the group presented a free interpretation dance that centered the devotion for Sto. Niño.

It was another demonstration of the Cebuanos’ faith in the child Jesus, Rama said of
the performance.


For years, Basakanon was not able to join the Aliwan due to budget constraints and other reasons.

This year’s win was the 4th time for Lumad Basakanon to be named as grand champion. In 2008, the group was installed in the Aliwan Hall of Fame after winning for three consecutive years, starting in 2006.

With the win, Rama said the city’s contingent showed they are globally competitive.

The mayor said he and other city officials really showed moral support for Basakanon for he knows the group will never fail the city.

He also thanked the council for approving the assistance the City extended to the group.

The City extended P1.65 million to cover the boat fare of 300 dancers, propsmen, support staff and officials, the meals and other expenses.

Other winning contingents from Cebu include Utanon Festival of Dalaguete, which won second prize in Float Design Competition and Maria Gigante of Palawod Festival of Bantayan Island, second runner-up of Reyna ng Aliwan.

The Aliwan Festival is an inter-regional competition produced by Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), showcasing champions of different major festivals from all over the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 28, 2014.

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