WMSU bags top ‘Bailecion’ prize PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 March 2016 12:10


The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) dance troupe bagged the P20,000 top prize of the first ever “Chavacano Bailecion” competition last March 4 at the University’s Social Hall.

Sponsored by the city government, the “Chavacano Bailecion” is a sort of a musical play where a group of students numbering 20 to 30 performs a dance to tell a story based on the lyrics of a song accompanied by live musical instruments.

A brainchild of Dr. Jose Genaro Yap-Aizon, assistant city administrator and special assistant to the mayor o history, culture and the arts, said the word “Bailecion” is coined from the Chavacano words “baile” (dance) and “cancion” (song).

“It aims to boost the city government’s efforts at promoting and preserving not only the Chavacano language but the cultures, values and traditions of the Zamboangueños as well through the performing arts,” he said.

The second prize of P15,000 cash went to the Universidad de Zamboanga followed by the Pasonanca National High School in the third spot with P10,000.

Earlier on, Dr. Aizon has explained that he conceptualized the “Chavacano Bailecion” after attending recently an international conference on cultures and arts where a “Sayawit” was performed.

The term “Sayawit” comes from Filipino words “sayaw” for dance and “awit” for song.

Under the guidelines, the “Chavacano Bailecion” Competition includes three basic components: El musica del Bailecion, El lyrico del Bailecion, and El baile del Bailecion.

Aizon further emphasized that the core of the story concept in every Bailecion group performance must depict the old Zamboanga culture, values and traditions.

It may include but not limited to social issues, gender roles and conflicts, ethnic beliefs, cultural myths and stereotypes, and human conditions.

Judging was based on four components—the music of Bailecion, the concept and lyrics of the song of Bailecion, the performance of music, and performance of dance.

The criteria generally covered originality, relevance, choreography and creativity, musicality, melody, costume, and overall impact, among others.

Registration is deemed complete upon submission of the accomplished forms together with the story concept, lyrics of the song, music written in notation, and compact disc or CD of the song.— Vic Larato