Pugo mayor elated over outcome of 3rd Tinungbo festival

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PUGO, La Union– Local officials and organizers of the 3rd Tinungbo festival in this fifth-class town were elated over the significant improvements in the performances of participants in the various competitions that were lined up for the month-long 3rd Tinungbo festival, the town’s crowd drawing event.

The local chief executive said the performances of contingents to the grand streetdancing parade and dance showdown last Sunday only proved that there is a verdant desire among the participating schools to level up in terms of their dances and the execution of their steps.

“We are elated over the performances that we just witnessed because everyone did their best to entertain the residents and visitors who want to see their children perform the Tinungbo dance steps,” Mayor Martin stressed.

She added that even in the props and instruments used by the performers, there was a drastic improvement this year compared to what they have performed during the first and second editions of the grand streetdancing parade and dance showdown, one of the highlights of the festival that came to a close Sunday night.

According to her, the local government and the Tinungbo Festival Organizing Committee will continue to devise ways and means on how to provide new attractions in the various activities of the annual festival so that residents and visitors will patronize the different events that will be lined up during the duration of the town’s festival from December 11 to January 20.

Martin disclosed that during the first staging of the festival, the organizers were able to purchase an ambulance which is now being used by the local government for the emergency needs of the people of the 14 barangays while proceeds from the second edition of the festival were used to purchase computers that were distributed to the different public schools in the town.

She disclosed that for the third edition of the festival, proceeds of the different income-generating activities were used to procure emergency and rescue equipment which will be under the care and disposal of the Municipal disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) to help in saving lives and properties during the onslaught of natural and man-made disasters.

The participating secondary school contingents to the grand streetdancing parade and the dance showdown were Saytan Integrated School, Pugo Catholic School, Pugo Central National High School, San Luis High School, Cuenca National High School and Maoasoas National High School.

Pugo Catholic School emerged as the grand slam winner having won the title for the grand streetdancing parade and dance showdown for three consecutive years while the contingent from the Maoasoas National High School landed second and the delegation from San Luis National High School placed third.

Martin said Tinungbo organizers are eying the participation of the grand slam champion to the grand streetdancing parade of the 24th edition of Panagbenga if there will be no conflict in their schedule because of their expected participation to the La Union Day in March.  By HENT

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