The Tribu Hangaway sang Tagukon of barangays Tagukon and Camingawan was the champion in the 36th Sinulog Festival showdown and tribe dance competition of Kabankalan City that peaked yesterday, Mayor Isidro Zayco said.
Among the 14 tribes that participated the first runner-up was Tribu Atiklan of Barangay Binicuil, followed by Tribu Gurang of Barangay Tapi – second runner-up and Tribu 9 of Barangay 9 – third runner-up, he said.
A total of P427,000 cash prizes and P1.4 million worth of projects were given to the winners.
The other participating tribes were Tribu Nonoy Anti of Brgys. Linao and Talubangi, Tribu Ka’Tagbak Tan-awanon of Brgy. Tan-awan, Tribu Balicaocao of Brgy. Orong, Tribu Salong of Brgy. Salong, Tribu Kabanwa of Brgy. Da-an Banwa, Tribu San Juan of Brgy. Camugao, Tribu Kalye Coloso of Brgy.6, Tribu Miano of Brgy. 4, Tribu Ilahas Ylaga of Brgy.8, and Tribu ni Galo of Brgy. Camansi.
Zayco said the festival was a success because of the efforts of the barangay officials who sponsored the tribes, sponsors, members of the Sinulog Foundation, and the candidates of the Miss Sinulog Queen 2012.
“The event was very successful and I am very happy with it and it was all for Sr. Sto. Niño to which the festival is celebrated yearly,” Zayco said.
Zayco also said they will address traffic problems next year to spare passengers from delay in their travel, but added that the traffic congestion only showed that more tourists are coming to Kabankalan City to celebrate Sinulog and it does not put the city in a bad light.
Meanwhile, Zayco also said that he is willing to buy sheep from the province since they also have a genetic breeding center in Kabankalan, though the number heads will depend on the capacity of the breeding center. *LTG