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Bulacan relives its Kundiman songs and folk dances
By: PPAO
Friday, 13 September 2013
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THE BEST IN FOLK DANCE. Hiyas ng Hagonoy Folkloric Group, the first place during the KBS Rewaynd (Katutubong Sayaw Category), shows off their best folk dance interpretation of giving life to the country’s rich culture at The Event Center in SM City Marilao as part of the celebration of Singkaban Fiesta 2013. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- Known for its heartfelt Kundiman songs and graceful folk dances, Bulacan once again serenaded the Bulakenyos and made them dance in KBS Rewaynd (Kumpetisyong Bayan sa Singkaban) at SM City Marilao, Thursday afternoon.

Approximately 20 traditional singers sang their hearts out with Kundiman songs while 20 groups of folk dancers showcased Bulacan’s colorful cultural heritage.

Aside from the participants from the cities and towns in Bulacan, other contestants came from nearby provinces and other regions in the country.

“We want to revive our traditional songs and dances to remind the Bulakenyos of how rich Bulacan’s culture is and so that the younger generation will not be at a loss when asked about their province’s culture, tradition and arts,” Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said.

In Kundiman category, the voice of Trixie Dayrit of Sta. Maria caught the judges ears and got the first place and received P10, 000 and a trophy while Jessa Marie Ocfemia from Pasay City and Josue Arizapa from the City of Malolos bagged the second and third place where they won a trophy each and P7, 000 and P5, 000 respectively.

For the Folk Dance category, Hiyas ng Hagonoy Folkloric Group of San Pedro National High School in Hagonoy was awarded the first prize and received a trophy and P40, 000 while Tarlac State University Performing Arts of Tarlac State University got the second prize and took home a trophy and P20,000. On the third spot was Bulacan Agricultural State College Folkloric of Bulacan Agricultural State College in San Ildefonso who received P10, 000 and a trophy.

According to Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts, Culture and Tourism Officer Elizabeth Alonzo, the Kundiman songs that the singers sang were composed by Bulacan compositors or national artists like Nicanor Abelardo, Sr., Francisco Santiago, Antonio Buenaventura, Levi Celerio, Felipe de Leon, Sr. and Francisco Buencamino.

Meanwhile, the traditional dancers danced two folk dances, Polka Culebra or the Sayaw sa Pag-ibig and any folk dance taken from the book of Philippine Folk Dance Society and any Christian Dance from the book of Francisca Reyes-Aquino, a native of Lolomboy, Bocaue and a national artist as well.###

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