6 dance troupes vie for 1st neo-ethnic tilt PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:49

Six of the city’s most promising cultural dance troupes yesterday morning gave their best modernized ethnic dance routine inspired by the various indigenous tribes in a bid to win the first-ever neo-ethnic dance competition.

JDT, an all-male ensemble, wowed the crowd and impressed the judges with their Tausug-inspired dance routine, claiming bragging rights as the winners of the first Neo-Ethnic Dance Competition as well as P10,000 in cash prize.

Kinematic and Sinag Tala Performing Arts rounded up the circle of winners, bringing home P7,000 and P5,000, respectively.

In addition to the cash prizes, the winning groups also received a plaque and certificate from the city government while a consolation prize of P1,000 and a certificate were given to non-winning groups.

The panel of judges was composed of Dr. Almira Nochefranca, Prof. Marvie Guinto, Ma. Christina Wee and Georgina delos Reyes, great granddaughter of Gen. Alvarez.

The 1st Neo-Ethnic Dance Competition is part of the city’s observance of Dia de Gen. Vicente Alvarez, in honor of his bravery and leadership that contributed to the country’s fight for total independence from Spanish rule.

Displeased by the brutalities committed against the Filipino people particularly in the city of Zamboanga, Gen. Vicente and his men realized the need for all Filipinos to join the fight for sovereignty.

On May 18, 1899, after fierce fighting, Fort Pilar – the seat of the Spanish government in Zamboanga – fell and the Spanish forces led by Governor-General Diego delos Rios surrendered to Gen. Alvarez.

The City Government has enacted Ordinance 334 naming Plaza Roma situated at the Corner of Don Pablo Lorenzo St., Zaragoza St., and Gen. Alvarez St. as Plaza Vicente S. Alvarez and setting May 18 of every year as Dia de Gen. Vicente S. Alvarez in recognition of his feats.