Silliman University (SU) was named overall champion in Dumaguete City’s Sandurot Festival 2017, besting nine other contingents.
The win was a comeback for the university after being the champion in 2015 and losing the title last year.
Aside from the championship, SU also bagged all eight major and minor awards in the festival including Best in Pasigarbo (street dance competition) and Best in Pasundayag (showdown competition).
They also got the Best Choreography award for both the street dance and showdown contests. SU also garnered the best instrumentalist, most innovative music, and best costume awards.
The university was also named the most disciplined contingent during the streetdance competition.
SU bested nine other contingents from Barangays Cantil-e, Banilad, Daro, Junob, Looc, and schools Asian College, Dumaguete City High School, Junob National High School, and Piapi High School.
Sandurot festival showcases the history and culture of Dumaguete City through dance, music, and festivities.
Its name was derived from the word “pakig-sandurot,” a Visayan word for fellowship and reaching out.
Kathleen Dellona, Festival Director of Silliman group and faculty of the Physical Education Department, said words are not enough to share how happy she is for winning all the eight awards.
Artistic director of Silliman group, Angelo Sayson, expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped in making the performance come to life.
“Indeed Silliman deserved it! Aside from the fact that the university is gifted with music, it is the innate spirit and passion in arts of each member that made me feel so proud of them,” Sayson said.
SU’s performance was divided into three segments namely the ‘PulangYuta,’ the long history of pottery industry in the city; story of ‘Daguit’ from which Dumaguete City took its name; and ‘Sandurot,’ the start of foreign influences brought into the city.
The group narrated the story of how the city embraced different cultures, most importantly the coming over of the missionaries to establish quality education.
According to Sayson, the performance was a collaborative effort of Silliman University Dance Troupe, Silliman University Dance Company, College of Education MAPEH Majors, Senior High School, and Silliman University Band, and all the crew and props personnel.
SU is expected to represent Dumaguete City in the upcoming Buglasan Festival of Festivals this October.
The group won a cash prize of P405,000.
Dellona said that they still have to decide as a team on how the cash prize will be divided, but that part of it might be spent to do some repairs on the SU Gym floor.