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Bonok-bonok Surigao City contingent declared Sangyaw Festival 2009 Champ

The Bonok-bonok Mardjaw Karadjaw contingent of Surigao City walked away victorious from this year's Sangyaw Festival after bagging the championship crown in the competition held Monday, June 29, 2009 in Tacloban City.

The Surigao City contingent brought with them P500, 000 as their winning prize. It was learned that prior to the competition, several contingents backed out upon learning that the Bonok-bonok festival of Surigao City joined the event.

In this year’s festival, the Banigan Festival from Basey, Samar was named as second prize winner with P300, 000 cash prize. The third prize winner was the festival from Santiago City in Isabela, the Pattaraday Festival: Araw ng Santiago, that won a P200,000 cash prize.

Also, special awards for Best in Musicality, Best in Costume, and Best in Street dancing all went to the Bonok-bonok Festival contingent.

Ms. Malou Tabal, City Tourism Officer of Tacloban in a radio interview extended her congratulations to the Surigao City contingent.

“Maganda talaga ang Bonok-bonok festival, the costumes are very very colorful. Deserving talaga ang Surigao. Congratulations.”

Tabal assured the Surigaonons that the city of Tacloban will also participate in the 2009 Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival this coming September.

Meanwhile, Harold Antallan, choreographer of the Surigao City contingent thanked all the Surigaonons for their prayers.

“Sa tanan mga Surigaonon na nag-ampo sa amo kadaugan, salamat karajaw sa ijo tanan. (To all Surigaonons who offered prayer for our victory. Thank you very much),” Antallan said.

Tourists, neighboring townfolks and covering journalists were once again treated to a cultural festivity as Surigaonons showed off not only their rich culture but also their unique rhythm in Tacloban’s Sangyaw Festival 2009. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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