Leyte scores two big
wins in Sinulog fest 2012
Media Relations Center
January 16, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
scored a two-win feat at the recently concluded Sinulog Festival in
Cebu as Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, Leyte was hailed as the
grand champion of the Free Interpretation category and Karatong
Festival of Dulag landing in third in the same category.
Despite being a
first-timer in the national festival competition such as the Sinulog,
Tribu Lingganay wowed the crowd with their colourful costumes and
props earning them the top spot and a whopping P1 million in cash
would be the first contingent to receive the cash prize of P1 million
for a grand champion eversince the Sinulog fest was started.
In a phone-patched
radio interview with Alangalang Mayor Loreto Yu said they were just
“very happy” to win this year considering this was their first time to
“This is indeed a big
honor for the people of Alangalang and for the province of Leyte. We
were determined to give them our best but it sure is much bigger for
us that we went home with the top prize,” Mayor Yu said.
defeated Tribu Himag-ulaw of Placer,
Masbate which was the Grand Champion during last year’s Sinulog
Festival. The Lingganay contingent wore costumes designed as cat
suits while their colorful props included huge cut-outs of the Sto.
Niño, trees, flowers, and bells.
Aside from winning the
top spot in the free interpretation category, which earned them P1
million, the contingent from Alang-alang was also named best in
costume with a cash prized of P100,000 and best in musicality with
another cash prize of P50,000.
Festival also won the third place in the free interpretation category.
Karatong has been joining the Sinulog Festival in previous years where
they earned a Top 5 win some two years back.
Leyte Gov. Carlos
Jericho Petilla expressed his elation over this twin triumph of
Lingganay and Karatong. The provincial government extended financial
assistance to these festivals as they prepared for the competition
some months ago.
The governor said,
this just gives the province more reason to continue supporting the
development of our local cultural festivals.
Festival was the grand champion in the 2011 Pintados-Kasadyaan
Festival of Festivals and, together with second placer Karatong
Festival of Dulag, earned the rights to represent the province in the
Sinulog as well as the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila during the summer next