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One of the much awaited highlights of the 6th Kuyamis Festival took place this morning. The Kuyamis Festival 2019 Street Dancing and Tableau Competition held at Pelaez Sports Center, Cagayan de Oro.

With the ongoing Trough of Low Pressure Area over much of this city, Misamis Oriental and parts of Northern Mindanao, it was expected of the thirteen contingents to dance and revel in the rain.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Y. Emano delivered his welcome speech, citing that the next year’s  Kuyamis Festival will be held in the Municipality of Initao. He welcomed contingents from different municipalities coming in big groups and emphasized that the festival is getting bigger every year because of the joint effort of the tourism officers from every municipality.

Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano

The committee chairman of Kuyamis Festival, Attorney Jeffrey Saclot

gave the guidelines and criteria for judging, for the competition. The Kuyamis Festival Street Dancing and Tableau Competition is open only to the cities and municipalities of Misamis Oriental. A contingent’s number has to be in line with the province’s history or legend, tracing the roots of Misamis from Kuyamis, a variety of coconut endemic in the region. The performance must have a maximum time of 6 minutes; going beyond allowed time means deduction. Criteria for judging were as follows:

Performance and Mastery of Story Line: 40%
Choreography: 30%
Costume: 15%
Music and overall impact: 15%

The overall champion bagged the cash price of P100,000 and a trophy – Municipality of Tagoloan
Second Place, P75,000 and a trophy – Municipality of Binuangan
Third Place, P50,000 and a trophy – Municipality of Sugbongcogon

With Special Awards:

Best in Story Line: Municipality of Tagoloan
Best in Choreography: Municipality of Binuangan
Best in Musicality: Municipality of Sugbongcogon
Best in Costume: Municipality of Tagoloan
Best in Street Dancing: Municipality of Sugbongcogon

Random Shots of Performances of Top Three Contingents:

Grand Champion: Municipality of Tagoloan 


Second place: Municipality of Binuangan


Third place: Municipality of Sugbongcogon


Other Kuyamis Festival 2019 Contingents joining were from the the Municipalities of Balingoan, Talisayan, Lagonglong, Initao, El Salvador, Naawan,Libertad, Gitagum and Opol.

Browse Tom Udasco Photography Facebook Page gallery for Kuyamis Festival 2019 here.

The event was hosted by the lovely Miss Allyn Auxtero-Pennie of the Provincial Capitol.

And finally it was a pleasure, as has always been, sharing playground with this talented and promising Kagay-anon lensman.

Master International photographer, Mr. Glenn Palacio
6th Kuyamis Festival

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