by Nathan Angelo Cruz | News Writer
The Dumaguete-based dance troupe, Sidlakan Dance Company (SDC), was declared champion in the International Youth Fellowship’s (IYF) World Cultural Dance Festival held in South Korea last July 11.
The SDC, composed of 32 members, won over 15 other participants from around the world, including West Africa, China, and America, who earned the gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively. Of the 32, 13 are from Silliman University: 11 graduates and two students.
The group performed the “Fiesta sa Nayon”, which showcases the various festivals held in the country.
“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,” told Vic Nocete, the group’s dance director and choreographer, to GMA News.
Nocete stated that after their registration, which included submitting a video, was accepted, the group prepared for three months, facing challenges along the way.
“We had a hard time looking for funds, for our airfare, costumes props etc. But again God is really good. People did help us accomplish the things we needed. We solicited from local governmentand also with our family and friends,” Nocete added.
As the champions, the troupe received both a glass trophy and $5,000.
“We feel so grateful we didn’t have any expectation or whatsoever. We really danced our hearts out because we were bringing our country against 15 countries,” Nocete said.