CITY OF MALOLOS – Truly, the fresh, flourishing , lively, bright and full colors of Guiguinto Halamanan Festival rules the Sining Kalinangan ng Bulacan (Singkaban) Festival “Indakan sa Kalye,” as it takes home the 2023 Hall of Fame award for winning the title for three consecutive years.
With an exceptional dance choreography and remarkable performance, the ‘Halamanan Festival’ of Indak Guiguinteño Folkloric Group dominated the Indakan Sa Kalye 2023 as the overall champion in this year’s Sept. 8-15 Singkaban Festival.
The Hall of Famer Halamanan dancers brought home P120,000 cash prize along with a trophy. They also bagged the Best in Costume and Best in Street Dancing award, both with P20,000 cash prizes and trophies with gift certificates from the event’s sponsor.
The dance troupe from City of San Jose del Monte also nailed their performance inspired by their ‘Tanglawan Festival’ and landed 2nd place with P80,000 cash prize, trophy and gift certificate while the students from Malolos Marine Fishery School and Laboratory representing the City of Malolos secured the 3rd place and took home P50,000 cash prize, trophy and gift certificate from the sponsor.
Meanwhile, both dance troupes from the towns of Angat and Santa Maria got the consolation prizes with P20,000 cash prize, trophies and gift certificates each.
Russel Valenzuela, overall director and choreographer of Guiguinto’s Halamanan Festival, said that their group will continue to inspire and motivate Bulakenyo youths.
“Kami po ay community-based so mahirap po ‘yung pagtitipon namin sa mga bata pero at the end of the day, napagtagumpayan po namin lahat ng ito. Thank you very much po sa mga kabataang Guiguinteño na patuloy na sumusuporta. At sa mga Bulakenyo, ito pong achievement na ito ay hindi natatapos. Patuloy po kaming magbibigay inspirasyon at motibasyon sa bawat kabataan, hindi lamang po sa Bulacan kundi sa buong Pilipinas,” Valenzuela said.
In his message, Vice Governor Alexis C. Castro lauded all the street dancers for their world class performances. “Alam ko na ang mga ipinakita ninyo ay pang world class. I believe, mga Kabataang Bulakenyo, hindi lang tayo pang bayan, hindi lang tayo pang probinsiya, hindi lang tayo pang buong Pilipinas – ang talento ng mga Bulakenyo ay pang world class and we’re very proud of you. Ipakita natin ito sa buong mundo. Sana sa susunod na taon, sumali ulit kayo,” Castro said.