• A dance group from Dumaguete City won first place in a competition in South Korea
  • Sidlakan Dance Company performed Fiesta Sa Nayon — a portrayal of the annual fiestas in PH and its significance to Filipinos
  • Rigid screening process and lack of funds challenged their victory

A dance group from Dumaguete City bested 15 other troops from across the globe in an annual dance competition aiming to showcase different world culture.

Sidlakan Dance Company (SDC) brought home the grand prize via their “Fiesta Sa Nayon” performance in the International Youth Fellowship’s (IYF) World Cultural Dance Festival on Wednesday in South Korea.

Their piece is a dance portrayal of the annual fiestas held in the Philippines and its significance to Filipinos.

“The tradition of the Fiesta Sa Nayon dates back centuries to the rural areas and towns in the Philippines. During Fiesta Sa Nayon, Filipinos would gather for a fiesta in the middle of the town to celebrate a good harvest, and it would be a particular time for the people to focus on their neighbors, family, and friends,” SDC’s artistic director Vic June Nocete said.

SDC’s victory, however, has been challenged by the rigid screening process and lack of funds to shoulder their expenses — but luckily, local officials and other kind-hearted individuals shared cash for them to join the competition.

Nocete said, “I believe that if you have a desire to win and bring honor to your country, you can do everything.”

The 32-member dance company received a glass trophy and a cash prize of USD5,000 (Php267,000).

To note, Kahagyag Dance Company, also from Dumaguete City, placed first in the same competition in 2015.

Dumaguetenos are so proud!

Here’s a video from Gerrik Fred JJ Gonzales via YouTube: