Balanga’s world-class street dancers stomped all the way from the Enrique Garcia Sr. Avenue (Four Lanes) to Bataan People’s Center for this year’s Street Dancing Competition held on April 17.
Before the start of the competition, colorful floats paraded around Plaza Mayor, each featuring “banga”-themed decorations. Sponsors from the private sector in Balanga each adopted and decorated a float to show their willingness to promote the city’s tourism.
Floats made by La Jolla, Cebuana Lhuiller, K-Servico, MLhuiller, Vercons, PENELCO, Fiesta communities, and GR Bank delighted the crowd with their creative ‘banga’ designs. MLhuiller captured this year’s award for Best in Float with a cash prize of PHP 10,000.00.
Meanwhile, eight barangays joined the street dancing event, namely Doña Francisca, Bagumbayan, San Jose, Poblacion, Cataning, Malabia, Talisay, and Ibayo. All of them were given a consolation prize of PHP 20,000.00.
Upon reaching the People’s Center, the street dancers showed their prowess before the board of judges composed of Mr. Fernando “Ferdie” Nadera, Mr. Rexner F. Rubio, and Mr. Benjamin Tinao, leader of Alab Poi Dancers, a team that once performed in mainstream television shows.
Bagumbayan’s performers emerged as this year’s champion, bringing home a cash prize of PHP 100,000.00 They also won Best in Parade and received an additional cash prize of PHP 20,000.00.
Second was Brgy. Cataning, followed by Brgy. Poblacion. Special awards were also given to Doña Francisca for Best Costume and San Jose being as Best in Recycled Materials.
Councilor Benigno Meriño could not hide his satisfaction in his message. “Balanga City is truly blessed with such talent from the youth”, said Meriño.
Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia commented that this event is an expression of Balangueños’ well-being, happiness, and good behavior. He also encouraged Balangueños to appreciate the transition that our city had gone through over the years.
Ms. Lolita Del Rosario, City Tourism Officer, said that the purpose of the street dancing competition is to strengthen the bond that unites Balangueños. | Cyrus Dela Cruz