by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, November 2 (PIA) — The month long celebration of the Kasanggayahan Festival (KF) 2011 ended last Sunday, October 30 with hundreds of people lining the main thoroughfares of Magsaysay and Rizal Sts. here to witness the well-awaited Pantomina sa Tinampo, with contingents coming from different local government units, schools and other organizations as competing entities.
Pantomina sa Tinampo, as chronicled by Reynaldo T. Jamoralin in his book “Tracing: from Solsogon to Sorsogon”, speaks of this ritual as a courtship dance, reflective of Bikol’s culture and usually danced in fiestas, weddings and eventually performed in the streets when the first Kasanggayahan Festival was celebrated in the province in1974.
Donning multi- colored festival costumes, highlighting a newly married couple as main feature and lead dancers, complete with lechon (crackling pig) as add on props , participating teams danced their hearts out not worried of the hot weather, sashaying gracefully and swaying to the usual rhythm of the Pantomina de Mayor music, while people watching getting photos of performers from either their mobile phones or cameras.
This festival dance, as the expressed by the merriment of Pantomina dancer, usually closes the event and highlight the celebration of the KF.
Councilor Jun Daraman, event organizer said that there were 11 participating contenders in the competition. All were really well prepared, have shown grace and mastery of steps, synchronized movements and were still all smiles even when some were already dancing in the dark because of the time it ended.
The competition started at 3:00 in the afternoon and lasted almost at 7:00 in the evening.
Manuel Babasa one of the judges said that 80% of the judging was based on the final choreographed presentation of the participants which was held at the Balogo Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, an all Gay Mardi Grass preceded the Pantomina sa Tinampo with all the drums loudly beating, and the dancers some were scantily clad wearing more skimpy creative attires, some with just the out of this world fashion came gyrating in the streets, doing a truly fast- rhythmic dance.
Parade watchers showed different mixed reactions and according to one of the dancers, perhaps because it was the first time that this was held, and the sense of appreciation is something to be worked on as Sorsogon still is not so much exposed to this kind of show different from other provinces who are accustomed to gay participation when it comes to festivals.
Competing participants in the pantomina, according to Sorsoganon Kami Inc. president Michael Sulit, the first prize went to Barangay Macalaya, Castilla with P100,000 cash prize and, the second place was bagged by the local government of Pilar with P75,000 while the third place was won by the Sorsogon State College received P50,000.
Meanwhile, Kasanggayahn Foundation Inc., chairman, Msgr. Francisco Monje expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the local and national officials, all sectors of the society and all the people in the province of Sorsogon who made the event a success. (PIA-SORSOGON)