Placereños Got Talent
I was looking through a Department of Tourism list of Philippine festivals in the newspaper about a week before my trip. And guess what I found out? There was absolutely no mention of Masbate at all! What’s up with this?
During fiesta time, there are parades, beauty pageants, a marathon, all balikbayans come home, basically it’s about a week or more of events that no one else will ever learn about unless they’re related to someone from Masbate. Isn’t that sad?
My hands-down favorite is the street-dancing competition. Placer is home to the Himag-Ulaw dance troupe, famous for bagging first place in the dancing competition held at Cebu’s Sinulog Festival from 2010 to 2011. So you can imagine how much they take dancing seriously over here.
Entrance to the event
A massive crowd even under the punishing heat
I’m sure there’s a good view up there.
But probably not as good as being seated next to the judges
These are seven groups that dance to the theme of harvest. It’s all kinds of fruits everywhere. And I really wish I could’ve taken a good video to show you of my favorite group, but it wouldn’t have been the same as seeing them live.
Me with my favorite group’s props. They came in 2nd with this performance, but were able to take home the top spot from street dancing at the parades prior to this competition.
Here’s a photo of them when they passed by the house the night before.
Aren’t they the cutest?
If you end up getting lost in these parts during Fiesta, don’t miss seeing these talented kids. They’re really worth it.
Big thank you to Dana for letting me use some of her photos for this Masbate series. Prost!