Cebu City – Close to 100 dancers representing the progressive province of Lanao del Norte collectively known as the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ will again be participating in this year’s Sinulog Festival in Metro Cebu.
The Lanao del Norte contingent will be showcasing the ‘Sagingan’ Festival of its capital town Tubod that highlights the importance of the banana fruit to its local economy.
Team Sagingan will be participating in the Free Interpretation category that has a total of eight out-of-town contingents competing. This is the seventh time that the province of Lanao del Norte will be joining the world-renowned festival.
A total of 353 individuals compose the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent. This consists of dancers, ritualists, propsmen, instrumentalists, medical personnel, documentation team, carpenters, drivers, food personnel, an internal security group and working committee.
“Through our continued participation in the Sinulog, we want to show to the entire country that in Lanao del Norte there is unity between the Muslims and Christians, that we are a peaceful and progressive province. We also want to underscore the trade relations we have with Cebu City that has contributed much to the fast-paced development of Lanao del Norte”, explained Provincial Information Officer Lyndon Calica.
Dancers of Team Sagingan are composed of public school students from Teofila Quibranza National High School and Pualas National High School.
Leading the Lanao del Norte performers is their lead dancer Apple Jo Gamboa who will also be joining the Search for Sinulog Festival Queen.
The ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent is led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo and choreographed by Emerito Custodio.
“The winner of our province-wide Showdown of Festival during our ‘Araw ng Lanao del Norte’ celebration gets to represent the province in the Sinulog. Last year, it was Sagingan Festival who won the top spot”, explained Tourism Officer Minda Regis.
The province of Lanao del Norte is also hailed as the ‘Motocross Capital of the Philippines’ and the ‘Home of PBA in Mindanao’. VNL/PIO-LDN