TAGBILARAN CITY – Bohol Island State University (BISU) Bilar campus proved it’s the best when it was declared as this year’s grand champ in the much-awaited mardi gras competition held at Pres. Carlos P. Garcia sports complex attended by throng that cheered and jeered on the participants. BISU-Bilar group of dancers defeated seven other contingents, one of the smallest participating groups in recent years. It received Php300,000 plus trophy.
Tagbilaran city contingent grabbed the first runner-up plum while Baclayon, second runner-up award, pocketing Php250,000 and Php200,000 plus a trophy each, respectively.
Camayaan National High School of Loboc town won the Best in Street Dance and Most Authentic special awards.
Mabini town dancers got the Most Discipline; Anda — Most Colorful; Catigbian — Most Symbolic; and Ubay — Most Unique.
No less City Mayor John Geesnell “Baba” Yap II and Gov. Edgar M. Chatto played Spanish general Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Datu Sikatuna, respetively, in elaborate costumes depicting the reenactment of the Blood Compact prior to proper showdown yesterday.
Drizzle threatened the parade that started late yesterday coupled with some participants reportedly without coordination with the organizers. Most of those “johnny-come-lately” who were not on the list of the parade appeared to be riding to the celebration to showcase their wares/products in a commercial promotion.
And later in the early evening as the crowd were waiting, drizzle started to pour as the crowd appeared to be restive due to delay in the proclamation of the winners. (rvo)