By Susanah Jane L. Lapa
Silliman University was declared the overall champion of the Sandurot Festival Showdown held Saturday at Quezon Park, Dumaguete City.
Diomar Abrio, cultural affairs officer and in charge of the event, said they portrayed the Dumaguete legend daguit as their major theme.
“We really showcased what was expected because all the schools were given guidelines and the concept on what to present. Silliman was able to present the legend clearly,” he said.
The Sandurot Festival traces the history of Dumaguete from the olden days when local maidens were snatched by Moro pirates
and how the place developed its name from the word daguit.
The festival dance also paid tribute to St. Catherine of Alexandria, patroness of Dumaguete City. SU bagged special awards namely, Best in Costume, Best in Choreography, Best in Street Dancing, Best Festival Showdown, Best Band and the Sandurot Queen award.
The student contestants of SU performed a dance interpretation of the city’s local history as well as the founding of the university. Bethel Almirol, senior speech and theater student and one of the dancers, said their practices were “exhausting but in the end fulfilling.”
“In our hearts we were willing to do this for the school. It’s a performance we have to put up for the university which motivated us to do our best and bring home something,” she said.
Odoni Pestelos, senior music student and one of the instrumentalists, also said their hard work paid off.
“I learned if you really want to win you really have to sacrifice. Our choreographer was strict and good at disciplining everyone and it pushed us to do our best,” he said.
St. Paul University Dumaguete and Asian College placed second and third respectively. SPUD received Best in Identification Arc and the Sandurot King special awards.
Other school contingents of the competition were Piapi High School, Negros Oriental High School, and Foundation University. This year’s Sandurot Festival Showdown has been transformed from a barangay-based competition to a school-based one.