Marikina Students Wow Audience with Beautiful Performances, Costumes
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This year’s celebration of the Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival was made even more special by the cultural presentations of students from various schools in Marikina who showcased the traditions, cultures and festivals of the different regions in the Philippines.
Before the cultural presentations at the Marikina Sports Center, spectators were already enthralled by the street dances performed by the students, wearing colorful costumes and displaying their dancing skills, during the parade from A. Bonifacio Avenue in Brgy. Barangka to the sports complex yesterday afternoon.
The cultural presentations and street dances used to be a competition among the participants. Starting last year, Mayor Marcy had decided to stop making it a contest.
“Hindi dapat maalala ang festival na ito bilang ungusan sa papremyo, pagalingan ng kultura; bagkus bilang isang pagkakataong ipinamalas na ang bawat taga-Marikina ay nagkakaisa, sabay-sabay sumasayaw sa saliw ng musika bilang isang komunidad, nagtutulungan upang maiangat ang isa’t isa,” Mayor Marcy said in a speech before the cultural presentations started.
“Ang bawat kulay, bawat indak at bawat ngiti ng mga kalahok sa pagdiriwang na ito ay naglalarawan ng saya at galak na buhay na buhay sa puso ng mga taga-Marikina dahil sa pagkakaisa,” Mayor Marcy said.
Teachers and employees from the Schools Division Office (SDO) Marikina, Department of Education, Local Government of Marikina also joined in the celebration and showcased two dances – Marikina’s folk dance “Lerion-Lerion” and the “Sayaw ng Pagkakaisa” at the Marikina Sports Center.
Hundreds of spectators gathered at the sports complex to cheer and applaud the well-executed dances and choreographies.
The schools who joined in the presentations and the regions they represented were:
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina representing the National Capital Region performed “Sayaw ng Magsasapatos,” a tribute to the skilled workers and artisans of Marikina City, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.
Marikina High School representing Ilocos Region presented its famous “Bangus” Festival.
Tañong High School representing Cagayan Valley presented the “Bambanti” Festival.
Malanday National High School representing Central Luzon presented the “Dinamulag/Mango” Festival.
Kalumpang National High School representing Calabarzon/Mimaropa presented the “Sinublian” Festival.
Jesus Dela Peña High School representing the Bicol Region presented the “Lapay Bantigue” Festival.
San Roque National High School representing Western Visayas presented the “Manggahan” Festival.
Marikina Science High School representing Central Visayas presented the “Sinulog” Festival made famous by Cebu City.
Marikina Heights High School representing the Zamboanga Peninsula presented the “Hermosa” Festival.
Concepcion Integrated School representing Northern Mindanao presented the “Alimango” Festival.
Fortune High School representing the Davao Region presented the “Kadayawan” Festival.
Sto. Niño National High School representing SOCSARGEN presented the “Tuna” Festival.
Parang High School representing the CARAGA Region presented the “Bonok-Bonok” Festival.
Nangka National High School representing the Cordillera Administrative Region presented the “Adivay” Festival.
Barangka National High School representing the ARMM presented the “Meguyaya” Festival.
Sta. Elena High School representing Eastern Visayas presented the “Sangyaw” Festival.
(Photo credits: Reuwell Dela Paz, Tourism Operations student at STI Marikina; Marikina PIO; and, Facebook post of Arvin Lark Santiago)
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