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Surigao City invites cultural groups to join Bonok-Bonok Festival 2008

The Bonok-Bonok Culture and Arts Association, Inc. through the Surigao City Tourism Office is inviting all cultural contingents in the country to participate in the 2008 Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival on September 9 this year.

The Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival is an ethnic Mardi gras marked by street dancing and stationary festivities held in line with the annual fiesta celebration of San Nicolas de Tolentino on September 10.

The criteria for the Bonok-bonok Festival are storyline theme and concept—20%; choreography—20%; performance—25%; street dancing—25%; production design that includes costumes, music, props and sets—10%.

The dance entry shall take in the forms of street dancing (done during the parade in progressive steps) and the main dance drama or stationary dance will be performed in a place designated by the organizers.

The main dance/ritual shall be given an allotted time of 6 minutes excluding entrance and exit.

The dance entry may present a storyline or dance scenarios taken from the place being represented or inspired from various literary forms.

Prizes at stake are P250,000 plus trophy for the grand prize; P200,000 plus trophy for the 1st runner-up; P150,000 plus trophy for the 2nd runner-up; and P100,000 plus trophy for the 3rd runner-up. Participation prizes at P10,000 each and certificate of participation for non-winners.

Special awards for Best in Street Dancing is P50,000 plus trophy; Best Choreographer is P10,000 plus trophy; Best in Costume is P10,000 plus trophy and Best in Musicality is P10,000 plus trophy.

Sr. Tourism Officer Ms. Roselin Armida B. Merlin disclosed that all contingents will be provided with modest accommodation, food subsidy of P10,000 each and 5 containers of mineral water.

Interested groups who want to participate in the said festival may inquire from the City Tourism Office at Luneta Park, Borromeo Street, Surigao City for more details call the Bonok-bonok Festival 2008 Secretariat at telephone numbers (086)826-8064 or 232-7228, telefax (086) 826-4131. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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