Friday, February 1, 2013

Winning contingent of Sinulog 2013 Free Interpretation Category

The winning contingent of Sinulog 2013 Free Interpretation Category will not join this year's Aliwan Festival in Metro Manila, this coming April.

Mayor Loreto Yu of Alang-alang, head of delegation of the Linganay Festival, said that due to financial problem and with the conduct of the forthcoming election, they had decided not to join this year in the grandest festival of Metro Manila.

Their contingent won P1 million while their festival queen was awarded with Best in Costume.

Yu said that Linganay have at least 400 performers that included dancers, props men, musicians, and support staff.

Linganay was adjudge last year at the Pintados-Kasadyaan festival as the grand champion that gives them the right to compete in Sinulog and Aliwan Festival along with their first place winner Pasaka Festival of Tanauan.

The contingent was also the grand champion in 2011 at Pintados-Kasadyaan and the grand champion at the 2012 Sinulog Festival.

Although they will not join this year's Aliwan, Mayor Yu said that they are still happy that they were able to give honor and glory to their town and the province of Leyte.

Lingganay, which in the local dialect means "bell," was conceptualized in 1995 based on the legend of the town's lost golden bell. The legend goes that when the Moro pirates staged a surprise attack in the town, they tried to flee away with the bell.

With this achievement of Linganay Festival, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte in their regular session (Tuesday) approved a resolution commending their achievement. Philippine Councilors League-Leyte Chapter President and Ex-Officio Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Wilson Uy, said that the back-to-back winning of Linganay in Sinulog Festival only shows that Leyte can offer tourist best festival presentation.

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