Ilocos Norte wins Panagbenga street dance competition.
Baguio City -- Ilocos Norte's Pamulinawen dance group bested two bets of the province of Benguet in the open category of the street dancing competition at the annual Flower Festival, here, last weekend.
Pamulinawen, a name of a legendary bird in an epic of the Ilocos province, bested the Itogon Cultural Group and the Benguet State University's Everlasting cultural group by showcasing its best during the field demonstration which came immediately after the street dancing parade along the city's main thoroughfare.
The winning group from Laoag City, tagged as the country's "Sunshine City" and just recently celebrated its 65th foundation day, showcased the "grandeur of water" in their performance.
The performance depicted the abundance of fish from the sea as a blessing to the local folk and thanksgiving to the fishermen's patron saint, St. Andrew the Apostle.
Itogon Cultural Group, which took first runner-up honors, showed in the field performance the mystical saga of the Ambawakan - a fierce hunter known to one of the major tribes in Benguet
In the secondary category, Baguio City National High School bested the Kalinga Cultural Group and Pinsao National High School. Mabini Elementary School got the first place in the Elementary category, their second consecutive year in a row.
THE CHAMPION -- Ilocos Norte's Pamulinawen dance group shows its winning form at Saturday's street dancing competition of the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City. (Zaldy Comanda)