Ilocano heroism tops mini-dance fest

By Cherry Joy D. Garma
LAOAG CITY – Ilocano heroism captured in a dance showdown won the recent ‘Mini Tan-ok’ competition of dance performances among 23 local governments in Ilocos Norte.
Ianree Raquel, the province’s tourism officer said the Mini Tan-ok is distinct from the annual Ilocano Tan-ok Festival celebration staged every November.
“This is a smaller version of the annual Tan-ok festival … Participants (in the mini-fest) are from 12-15 performers only while the grand Tan-ok gathers 150 performers,” Raquel said.
He added the mini-fest performances are intended for a small gathering or for regular tourist-goers in Ilocos Norte.
Sarrat town bagged the top place for its dance routine that symbolized the heroism of the Saratenos in 1899 during their struggle against the Americans.
Using bamboos and bolos and colorful costumes, 15 young performers reenacted the victory of Ilocanos in their struggle against American occupation.
It was the first time that Sarrat town won the battle in the Mini Tan-ok competition over its four-year run since 2011.
Former three-time champion Laoag City placed second runner up while the towns of Currimao, Nueva Era and Batac City bagged third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
Some pillars of the Philippine arts and culture served as the panel of judges during the event namely: Prof. Childe Liberatd, president of Philippine Folks Dances Society of region 1, Ma. Elena Laniog, a resident choreographer of the University of the Philippine Dance Company and Edred Piamonte from the neighboring city of Vigan.
The winning municipality got a P20,000-cash prize and a trophy. (MCA/CDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)


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