Proud students of the Matalam National High School representing LGU Matalam beats five other contingents of the Kalivungan street-dancing competition 2013 at the North Cotabato provincial grandstand yesterday morning.
Around 25,000 people comprising parents and relatives of the participants, barangay, municipal, city, and provincial officials of North Cotabato, and guests and visitors from other provinces flocked together to witness the major event of the long-week festivity.
Six delegates battled for the most awaited event of North Cotabato’s 99th Founding Anniversary hailed Kalivungan Festival 2013: the municipalities of Pigcawayan, Kabacan, Matalam, Makilala, Carmen, and the lone city of Kidapawan.
Matalam bagged Php150, 000.00 cash and a trophy for the grandprize. Carmen received PhP100,000.00 cash and a trophy for the 2nd prize. While Kabacan gets PhP75,000.00 cash and a trophy for the 3rd prize.
All six delegates each received a plaque of recognition and a subsidy worth PhP20,000.00.
Of the three top placers, Matalam depicts “grupong mascuvado”. Mascuvado is a spanish term for the sweetest sugar generated out of sugarcane, the major product of their town.
Carmen ensembles “Grupong Pulangi” and Kabacan represented the “Grupong Kabaceños”.
In the middle part of the competition, 3rd District Board Member Ivy Dalumpines delightedly introduced Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito Estrada as the guest of honor.
Senator JV Estrada expressed his appreciation to the warm welcome of the people of North Cotabato especially to Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza for the successful conduct of the occasion.
He took the opportunity to thank the people of Cotabato for supporting him during the May 2013 election, making him ranked 3rd in the province beyond other senators.
“Because you have endowed and greatly contributed on my victory, I will make sure that your province will benefit my legislations, this will serve as your incentive in return for choosing me as one of your policy-maker,” he said.
“We will work hand in hand in uplifting the economic stability of your province,” in his final message.
Meanwhile, Governor Taliño-Mendoza announced that the upcoming Centennial celebration of the Kalivungan Festival or the 100th Founding anniversary next year will be a grandiose and pompous one.
She said the Provincial Government of Cotabato is looking forward into making the events bigger, more enjoyable, and entertaining.
Given this, she also made known that the same day is the launching of the 100th Founding Anniversary of North Cotabato.
After the launching, the Provincial officials proceed at the ground breaking and capsule-laying of the Centennial Pavilion and Centennial Museum at the capitol grounds.
The Cotabato Hymn entitled “Ok sa Cotabato”, composed and performed by the MAKI-RUDY band was also officially launched.
This year’s champ will compete on the Aliwan Festival at Pasay City while 1st runner-up will contend for Sinulog Festival in Cebu, both conveying Cotabato Province. //sgjh/pgo//