Kapatid Band (Credit to:Raul V. Abejuela)
(Date:12-07-2015 Published: 12-22-2015)

Buglasan brings to the fore the aspirations of our home grown talents to strive for success for personal glory and prestige for Bayawan City. It doesn't come easy for talent per se doesn't make one excel unless anchored on perseverance, hard work and of course passion in the pursuit of excellence. Up against champions in their own right, from a strong field of contenders, every contest was a not a walk in the park but more of a foray into the unknown where winning seemed next to impossible. However despite the odds, Bayawan City's triumphs in this year's edition of the Buglasan have proven that we have what it takes to reign supreme over the very best in the province.

Kapatid Band's championship win in the Live Band Competition, which was participated by ten bands from the LGUs, was one for the books for it came after an eight-year drought, since the Night Herons earned a 2nd place finish in 2007. The triumph clearly manifested that Bayawan City has come of age and is a force to reckon with in this modern day rock n roll musical genre. The band also won the coveted minor award Best Vocalist for Miss Eliza Beth Nodado whose electrifying rendition of Freddie Aguilar's "Anak" sealed the deal for Kapatid under the guidance of band leader, Pastor Paul Damasco.

Another first was in the Minus One Singing Competition Senior Division when the City's top balladeer, Mr. Eric Estrellanes provided continuity to Mr. Erwin Dianson's championship triumph in this event last year. Never in the history of the Buglasan had an LGU won the competition for two years in a row and Bayawan City established a record of sorts with Eric's flawless rendition of "Ikaw ang Aking Pangarap" by Martin Nievera in a select field of twenty one contestants. Obviously, the contest was extremely difficult to judge but Eric's top notch voice quality was the key factor in winning the championship

Another dramatic triumph was in the Hip Hop Dance Competition wherein Bayawan City won last with a 3rd place finish by a dance group from Bayawan National High School in 2005. After a decade of mediocrity, Bayawan City's Next in Line Dance Crew was catapulted to stardom by notching a 2nd place finish in a field of twenty five contestants. The group with its "Spartan" concept, an innovative idea of trainer and dancer, Mr. Rodolfo Lape, almost made it to the championship but a minor hiccup, in the execution of a difficult dance move by one of its dancers that resulted in a one point deduction, sealed the win for Skip Dance Crew of Dumaguete City.

Saint Augustine Academy Elementary Marching Band contingent, who joined the contest for the first time, pulled a pleasant surprise by winning the championship participated by ten marching bands from the different Schools Divisions of the province. Coursed through the DepEd, the band's participation largely due to the initiative of DepEd Coordinator, Mr. Jeger Zamora, was made more dramatic when the contingent romped with all the minor awards Best Band Uniform and Best Band Majorette. The band was trained by Band Master Manuel Entac, whose achievements in this musical genre have established himself as a fixture in Bayawan City's triumphs in this event both for Secondary and now Elementary category.

Other winners included second place wins in the Duet Senior Division through Jade Escobar and Randel Namacpacan's rendition of the classic "Matud Nila"; the Balitaw that featured a new talent as the female protagonist, Miss Vivelyn Mandantes with Balitaw veteran Ronnie Pabello; in the Minus One Bulilit Division with Alexandria Benedian from BCSTEC; in the Children's Choir from the BSTEC choir ensemble trained by Mrs. Gemma Omundang and Celso and a disappointing third place finish in the Festival of Festivals represented by Brgy. Poblacion Tawo-tawo Festival contingent. Aside from the performing arts, Bayawan City garnered the championship in the Heritage of the Place, Sidlakang Negros Booth Awards.

Our diverse triumph was an effort for self promotion that complemented our drive towards making our City to become an investment destination in this part of our province, and what a better way to do it than in a bigger stage like the Buglasan. It significant that aside from the Tawo-tawo Festival, out of the twelve events Bayawan City joined in the Buglasan performing arts Bayawan City won eight, five of whom were 2nd places and three, the championships. Congratulations!

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