CITY OF MALOLOS – Kundiman songs, folk dances and balagtasan are still thriving in the province of Bulacan after hundreds of young Bulakenyos showed off their deep appreciation for their own arts and culture in the “KBS Rewaynd” or Kumpetisyong Bayan sa Singkaban held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city today.
Young artist, Justine Angelo from the town of Paombong stood out from 18 other participants in the modern-day balagtasan competition dubbed as Tagisan sa Rap with his impressive tongue-twisting poetry about patriotism and artistry and took home P15,000 cash prize and a plaque as the first place for the said category.
Two young rappers from Baliwag namely Jomari Matis and Janina Labastera also showcased their talents in the said category and received P10,000 and P5,000 with plaques as the second and third placers, respectively.
In folk dance category, the Hiyas ng Hagonoy Folkloric Dance Troupe bagged the first place in the Katutubong Sayaw with their folkloric moves and colorful props in the interpretation of Desposorio Festival and received P60,000 cash prize and a plaque while San Pedro High School Dance Troupe from the same town bagged the second place and received P40,000 and a plaque. San Dayog Dance Troupe of the City Malolos also dominated other contingents in the category and won third place and took home P20,000 cash prize and a plaque.
Moreover, Nhar Kenji De Jesus also from the town of Hagonoy serenaded the crowd with his beautiful rendition of Inang Bayan and hailed as first place in the Awiting Makabayang Competition and received P15,000 cash prize and a plaque while Joana Marie Aguilar from San Jose Del Monte City and Princess Diana Cubero from Guiguinto received P10,000 and P5,000 cash prizes and plaques as the second and third placers.
Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado congratulated all the winners and expressed his delightment from seeing the performances of the Bulakenyo youth that manifested the traditional arts and culture of the province.
“Nakakataba ng puso na hindi nakakalimot ang mga kabataang Bulakenyo na ipamalas ang tradisyunal na sining at kultura ng lalawigan sa larangan ng pagkanta, pagsayaw at makabagong uri ng balagtasan. Napatunayan rin natin sa kumpetisyon na ito na ang talento ng mga Bulakenyo ay kahanga-hanga at nararapat na ipagmalaki sa buong bansa,” the governor said.
The said competition was made possible through the efforts of the Provincial History, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office that aims to relive the traditional arts of the province in the category of singing, dancing and modern-day balagtasan.