LINGAYEN— Mangaldan town grabbed this year’s grand prize for the float-design competition with its carabao design inspired by the town’s main product, the famous “Pindang” (thin slices of dried and cured carabao meat).
Besting more than 30 floats, Mangaldan won a cash prize of P100, 000 alongside with the Lingayen street dancers who romped off with P100, 000 for being the street dancing champions among 22 groups that competed.
The competition was held during the Parada na Dayew Float Parade and Street Dance Competitions held on the 434thanniversary celebration of Pangasinan day last April 5 at the Capitol Beachfront.
Mangaldan is famous for its sweet tasting dried carabao meat.
The Parada na Dayew Grand Cultural Parade proved to be a best selling event during the Agew na Pangasinan, drawing a huge crowd close to 20,000 onlookers.
The float parade and dance competition were among the main attractions of the province’s commemoration of the province’s birth date.
Spectators and revelers including the 7, 000 participants to the Grand Cultural Parade were unmindful of the scorching heat as floats and street dancing filled the roads with fun and excitement from the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center through the main raods leading to the Capitol Beachfront where everyone converged for the street dance competition.
To the amazement of everyone, the crowd stayed until all the street dancers finished their exciting and some breath-taking tricks.
After some four hours of presentation, the panel of judges composed of personalities from reputable art institutions and organizations announced the contingents that stood out in the competition won by Mangaldan for the floats and Lingayen for the street dancers.
Other winners in the float design include San Nicolas-1strunner-up with a prize of P75, 000, Rosales- 2nd runner-up and cash of P50, 000, Alaminos City-3rd runner-up with P40, 000 cash, Pozorrubio-4th runner-up and cash of P30, 000 and Mabini occupying the 5th runner-up position winning a cash prize of P20, 000.
The Lingayen street dancers were proclaimed as champion for the street dance competition which also earned for them P100, 000 in cash. Sto. Tomas was 1st runner-up, Villasis-2nd runner-up, Urbiztondo-3rd runner-up, San Carlos City-4th runner-up and Sta Barbara garnering the prize for the 5th runner-up.
The winning street dancers received prizes similar to the cash prizes received by the winners in the float-design competition.
All proclaimed winners received trophies and certificates while non-winners received a consolation prize of P5, 000 for each contingent.