Nine contingents from the municipalities and cities of Negros Oriental will compete in the grand "Festival of Festivals" and street dancing showdown tomorrow.
The events will be the highlight of the Buglasan Festival in the province.
The festival is the provincial fiesta, participated in by the six component cities and 19 municipalities. It started in 1981 when a search was conducted to compose a contingent to represent Negros Oriental in the Folk Arts Theater Festival.
The grand festival showdown will be held at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center, while the street dance competition will be at 2 p.m., around the main thoroughfares of the city.
The grand prize winner will receive P100,000; and the second and third place winners will get P70,000 and P50,000, respectively. Of the nine participating local government units, six will receive consolation prizes.
The contingents' presentation must be grand, with elements that will surprise and entertain the audience, festival director Mariant Villegas said.
Performance, choreography, costume and music will be the criteria for judging in the main dance showdown, while in the street dancing competition, it will be the energy level, parade choreography, discipline and orderliness of the participants, organizers added.
Tourists and locals alike are expected to join the street party.
Buglasan Festival is produced by the Negros Oriental Tourism Council.*RG
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