DAVAO CITY (August 22, 2016) – Street dancers from James L. Chiongbian National Trade School cheer as Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon visits them during a break in the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan of the 31st Kadayawan Festival on Saturday, August 20. The Sarangani contingent from Kiamba emerged as the champion with a prize of P500,000. (Contributed photo for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
DAVAO CITY (August 22, 2016) - The contingent of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School of Kiamba, Sarangani performs during the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan of the 31st Kadayawan Festival on Saturday, August 20. The Sarangani street dancers, who were in their first foray to Kadayawan, were declared grand champion, beating 11 other contingents, and winning P500,000. (Contributed photo for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
DAVAO CITY (August 22, 2016) – Tboli dancers lead the contingent of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School during the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan of the 31st Kadayawan Festival on Saturday, August 20. This contingent from Kiamba, Sarangani which has twice won in their town’s Timpuyog Festival and thrice as champion in Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City was declared grand champion of the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan. (Contributed photo for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
DAVAO CITY (August 22, 2016) - The contingent of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School (formerly Kling National High School) of Kiamba, Sarangani performs during the Indak–Indak sa Kadalanan of the 31st Kadayawan Festival on Saturday, August 20. By winning as Kadayawan grand champion, the Sarangani street dancers will compete in the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila in April 2017. Aliwan is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines. (Contributed photo for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 22, 2016) - After begging off three times due to lack of funds, the James L. Chiongbian National Trade School Performing Arts Troupe of Kiamba bagged the championship title of Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, the street dancing competition of the 31st Kadayawan Festival in Davao City Saturday (August 20).
The Sarangani contingent was also awarded as Best in Musicality. The group received P500,000 as cash prize and a spot in Aliwan Fiesta next year in Manila. Aliwan is one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines.
“For three times, we refused to participate in such a competition because of financial constraints,” said school principal German Piamonte. “Now, it brings so much pride and happiness that we went home victorious.”
Piamonte thanked the provincial and municipal local government units for their financial support.
Board Member George Falgui expressed his delight to the feat of the students who are his constituents in Kiamba.
“The provincial government officials gave all-out support to these talented children,” said Falgui.
For his part, Governor Steve Chiongban Solon assured the group of financial help. “Rest assured that I will help in searching funds to be used in their participation to Aliwan Fiesta. I and the officials will talk about helping them in their expenses for Aliwan Fiesta,” the governor said.
Their win in Kadayawan automatically secures them a spot to Aliwan Fiesta. Dubbed as “King of all Festivals”, it gathers different cultural festivals of the country where contingents compete in dance parade and float competitions.
The story concept of their dances is likened to the color composition of rainbow, diverse but beautifully combined.
“We incorporated the union of the colors of a rainbow in showcasing unity amidst diversity of Maguindanaons and Blaans,” explained head trainer Joselito Zafe.
Erika Layagin, a Grade 10 student-participant, told Sarangani Information Office that showing happy faces helped them win.
“We showed to everybody our genuine smiles which reflected our excitement and passion to what we were doing,” Layagin said.
Some parents showed support by being with the children during their three-day stay in Davao. They did the cooking of meals.
“The accomplishment of our children is also ours. We are happy as much as they are,” exclaimed Estrella Takayama, parent.
The group had been a three-time champion of the Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City.
With the convergence of efforts, Sulong Karunungan, an education sub-program of Sulong Sarangani, continues to aim for excellence in education.
“We are very proud that Sarangani, thru JLC National Trade School, has been making names in the field of performing arts. We thank all the students, parents and teachers for their hard work, especially the Parents and Teachers Association for being so supportive in terms of academic and extra-curricular activities of their children,” said Sulong Karunungan project manager Marife Gomez.
Gomez said Sarangan students have also excelled in other fields. “Sarangani has placed number 1 in the National Achievement Test for two consecutive years in Region XII. We ranked third in sports during the Asia- Pacific Intermediate League Competition, and now, we excel in performing arts,” Gomez added. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 19, 2016) - Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon signs the executive order institutionalizing the creation of Task Force Sulong Kalikasan to combat illegal logging and illegal mining in the province. Joselin Marcus Fragada (left), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Operations in Mindanao, witnessed the ceremony. (Jake T. Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALABEL, Sarangani (August 19, 2016) - Technicians of Solar Energy Foundation conduct training to teachers and community representatives on solar panel installation Friday, August 19, at DepEd Sarangani. Some 54 solar suitcases estimated to cost $2,500 each will be given to 25 schools in Sarangani which have no electricity. The foundation aims to help the teachers and children to have better learning conditions thru solar energy. (Jake Narte/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MAITUM, Sarangani (August 19, 2016) - Community volunteer-participants try to perform a type of basic bandaging as demonstrated by personnel from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office during the Basic Family Disaster Preparedness Training held at Municipal Auditorium Thursday, August 18. They were given lectures about fire safety, disaster awareness and preparedness, first aid and basic life support. This will produce trained individuals who will help their community to be more responsive in handling disasters and to ensure the safety of the entire community. (James Doctor /MAITUM CDIO)
MALAPATAN, Sarangani (August 16, 2016) - The Provincial Health Office conducts orientation on Dengue prevention to the teachers of Malapatan Central Elementary School Tuesday, August 16, before giving insecticide-treated screens for installation in view of the Brigada Kalinisan and Dengue Prevention Campaign on August 28. Sarangani has long been focused on promoting safer and healthier schools. (Jake T. Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
MALAPATAN, Sarangani (August 16, 2016) - Barangay health workers and staff from the Provincial Health Office conduct school-based immunization at Lun Padidu National High School Tuesday, August 16, as part of the celebration of the Adolescent Health Month. Combination of Measles Rubella (MR) and Tetanus-diphtheria vaccines were administered to Grade 1 and Grade 7 students to all public schools in Sarangani, while vaccines for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) were given to ages 9-13 in barangay health centers. (Jake T. Narte /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)