Occidental Mindoro wins MIMAROPA Street Dancing Showdown 2017

MIMAROPA Street Dancing Showdown 2017: Highlight of the Festivity

Odiongan, Romblon Philippines

The Street Dancing Showdown marks the remarkable celebration of the MIMAROPA Festival. It was held on the third day of the 5-day festivity, November 22, 2017.

Oriental Mindoro’s lively performance during the street parade
Here’s Puerto Princesa’s delegation bringing the Tandikan Festival in Odiongan
Puerto Princesa’s fiery number at the competition
Non-stop beating of the drums at the street parade

With different activities happening in the province, this is probably the highlight which everyone waited for.

Tourism Night

Before the main events happening the next day, a tourism night was held at the Virginia Centurione Bracelli School. LGUs and related establishments were awarded for their contributions to the development, support, and promotion in the region.

The night was dedicated to the organizers, denominators, nominees, and the members.

Governor Firmalo gave a speech and mentioned the regional directors who helped to make this festival a successful one.

Freestyle performing their classic hits during the Tourism Night

Jazz and R&B Band Freestyle entertained the guests and performed their well-loved hits such as “Before I Let You Go”, “Slow”, “Half Crazy”, “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” and few other cover songs from Michael Jackson, and Earth Wind and Fire’s “September”.

Winners of the MIMAROPA 3rd Street Dancing Showdown

At 2 p.m., participant and viewers of the parade face the scorching heat – but amusingly still has their smile on their faces. As they struggle with the heat and weight of their costumes, they managed to smile, dance and cheer at the top of their lungs. Photographers roaming around the streets – sweating as they documenting every second of the parade. Locals and tourist eagerly waiting for the parade’s highlight. It was a momentous moment.

Oriental Mindoro proudly bringing their Bahaghari Festival at the street parade.

One of the groups which wowed some of the locals are the visual feast from the Oriental Mindoro group. Each participant have costumes which are intricately made, from the gown’s embellishments and impressive dance routines.

Bahaghari Festival is celebrated every April 25 in honor of the importance of the rainbow in the history of the town of Pinamalayan.

MIMAROPA Street Dancing Showdown 2017
Marinduque’s lively and upbeat performance
MIMAROPA Street Dancing Showdown 2017
Occidental Mindoro’s momentous number during the competition – MIMAROPA Street Dancing Showdown 2017

The street dance was followed by a competition at 6 p.m. at the Odiongan Sports Complex. Thousand of spectators has filled the venue with endless cheers on their favorite provinces. I have also seen some foreigners that were left in awe with each performances. I have heard one said “I have never seen anything like this before. It was festive, I hope we can have one in our country.”

With each provinces showing their best costumes, musicality, concept, and performances, here are the following winners of the 3rd Street Dancing Showdown.

Winning on 3rd place, bringing home a trophy and Php 100,000 is the Calapan City. 2nd place, bringing home a trophy and Php 200,000 is the Puerto Princesa group.  The group has also won the Best in Sound and Musicality and a Php 50,000. Lastly, Occidental Mindoro wins 1st place with trophy and a cash prize amounting to Php 300,000.

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