ORMOC CITY – STI-College or “Pundok Nagkahiusang Ormocanon” is this year’s Ritual Showdown Grand Champion of the recently concluded “Piña Festival”, garnering a cash prize of P 500,000.00 from the LGU and another P 50,000.00 as “Best in Streetdancing.”
Adding to their loot was another P50,000.00 donated by Festival guest Rep. Bong Manggudadatu, who openly admitted he was sent around the country by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to announce his senatorial bid.
On the other hand, this year’s Festival Queen was Western Leyte College’s bet Charibelle Faith Dizon, whose beauty and
dancing prowess stood out among the 10 candidates. She received P 35,000.00 from the LGU, and another P 50,000.00 from congressman Manggudadato. NEWS Media treated to a “Sip and Paint” STI- College, which was contingent No. 2, was an early crowd favorite, drawing the most cheers from spectators with their colorful and lighted costumes. “Gigastuhan gyod,” were the delighted exclamations from the audience.
First runner-up, on the other hand, was the Ipil National High School or “Pundok Madasigon” which received P 400,000.00, and 2nd runner up was the Eastern Visayas State University-Ormoc Campus with P 300,000.00.
Ipil once more got the 2nd prize of P40,000.00 for streetdancing, and the St. Aloysius Institute of Technology (SAIT) won the third prize of P 30,000.00. Other special awards were Best in Costume and Best in Choreography which was captured by the EVSU-Ormoc Campus.
The school got P50,000.00 and P40,000.00 as cash prizes, respectively. The Piña Festival is on its second year. It is a revival of the first festival of the city staged in 2003. The Ormoc Festival and Cultural Foundation (OFCF) heads the organizing committee of the Piña Festival. This year’s chairman is Estrella Serafica-Pangilinan.
It was also noted that the Festival was orderly. Sr. Supt. Ramil Ramirez, police city director, said some 1,000 policemen and multiplier force were deployed in the festival route and showdown venue. Stalls and restaurants nearby were visited by the police and politely requested not to sell or serve beer and intoxicating liquors before the festival is finished. Beer and liquor were only served by the revelers by 10:00 PM, after a grand fireworks display.