Surigao City invites groups to join Bonok-Bonok Festival 2011

The Surigao City Tourism Council is inviting all cultural groups throughout the country to participate in the much anticipated annual ethnic mardi gras in the city, the 2011 Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival on September 9 this year.

Sr. Tourism Officer Roselin Armida B. Merlin revealed that this year’s competition has two categories: the Free Interpretation (FI), which is open to barangays, schools and municipalities within and outside the province of Surigao del Norte and the Bonok-bonok (BB) based which is open to barangays of Surigao City only.

As stated in the contest mechanics and guidelines, the criteria for the Free Interpretation are storyline theme and concept—20%; choreography—30%; performance—35%; production design that includes costumes, music, props and sets—15%. For the Bonok-Bonok based includes storyline theme and concept—20%; choreography—35%; performance—35%; 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.

“For the FI, the time starts from the first movement of any musical instrument while for the BB, the time starts as the music played. Any contingent going beyond the time limit shall be deducted 20 points from over – all average score,” Merlin said.

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

Merlin also said that musical accompaniment should be live for the free interpretation and canned for the barangay-based.

Prizes at stake for the Free Interpretation are P200,000 plus trophy for the 1st prize; P150,000 plus trophy for the 2nd prize; P100,000 plus trophy for the 3rd prize; and P20,000 each for the consolation prize.

Special awards for Best in Street Dancing is P50,000 plus trophy; Best Choreographer is P20,000 plus trophy; and Best in Musicality is P20,000 plus trophy.

Meantime, prizes for the Bonok-Bonok based are P100,000 plus trophy for the 1st prize; P75,000 plus trophy for the 2nd prize; P50,000 plus trophy for the 3rd prize; and P20,000 each for the consolation prize. Special awards for Best in Street Dancing is P50,000 plus trophy; Best Choreographer is P20,000 plus trophy; and Best in Costume is P20,000 plus trophy.

Merlin disclosed that interested groups must submit their entry on or before July 29, 2011 or they can inquire at their office at the Luneta Park, Borromeo Street, Surigao City.

For additional details, they can call the Bonok-bonok Festival 2011 Secretariat at telephone numbers (086)826-8064 or 232-7228, telefax (086) 826-4131.

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. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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