The air was filled with so much tension while the contingents start to pile up at their designated assembly area at the ROC Shell Station at six o’clock in the morning. After weeks of endless practice, pales of sweat and tears, and probably some broken limbs here and there (I hope not), the moment to show off had finally arrived. Everyone, not only the contingents but their supporters and other spectators as well, were all but excited and anxious at the same time.
Every contingent gave a stunning performance with their own unique interpretation of the maguiguinokan dance, but just like in any other competition, there will always be that one which stands out.
After dramatically losing the title last year to Lal-lo National High School (LNHS), Magapit National High School (MNHS) came back with a vengeance. From the time they stepped into the LGU Grounds, you knew they were in it to win it. They all wore exactly the same clothing, from the headdress to the footwear and exactly the same look, from the girls who sported full bangs to the males who all shaved their heads for the competition.
With their tight and on point choreography, their fabulous and eye candy props and costumes, their fantastic and pumped up music, and their determination and hunger to win which was so obvious with their eyes, they were undoubtedly and unquestionably the winner. Their performance was un-freaking-believably ah-mazing.
MNHS was indeed the big winner that day. Not only did they won 1st place but also Best in Props and Choreography. Last year’s winner, LNHS placed second and bagged the Best in Music while Logac National High School (LoNHS) placed third and took home the Best in Costume award.
Other contingents were Lal-lo National High School – Cabayabasan Annex (LNHS-CA) and Lyceum of Lal-lo which, although weren’t able to bag any award, still gave impeccable performances along with Cagayan State University – Lal-lo Campus (CSU Lal-lo).
The esteemed board of judges composed of Rogelio Paliwanan, Jr., Vincent Kier Dammay, Teodolfo Lopez, Nikko Juguilon, and coming all the way from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Ronnie Mirabuena and Bobby John Salinas.