The Kasadyahan Competition is one of the main highlights of the Dinagyang Festival will be held on January 26, 2008, a day before the Dingyang Ati competition.. The dance competition features the history and culture of the various towns of Iloilo through a choreographed cultural dance.
The tribes that will be joining the Kasadyahan Competition include: Tribu Tinuom of Cabatuan, Tribu Baylohay of San Joaquin, Tribu Sadsad of Leganes, Tribu Maragtas of West Visayas State University, Tribu Mandurriaonon and Tribu Kasag of the Municipality of Banate.
There are new changes for this year’s Kasadyahan Competition. The competing tribes are will only be allowed to use recorded music during their performance. They are discouraged to use drums as their background. Risers and heavy props are also discouraged. During the street dance competition, the contestants would dance to the tune of the “Hala Bira Iloilo” music. On the dance showdown, the competing tribes can have their own choice of music.
The Parade Route will start at Freedom Grandstand where there will be a judging area. Once the competing tribe is finished with their performance, the parade will move along J.M. Basa Street and through Iznart Street passing by Plazoletagay Rhotunda and proceeding to the Provincial Capitol where the second judging area will be staged. Once finished, the parade will move on to General Luna St. and turn left to Quezon St., where the participating tribes will be having their street dance performance until the corner of Quezon-Ledesma Sts., where the third judging area will be held. After their performance, the parade will turn left to Ledesma St. and Right to Iznart St., passing by Plazoletagay Rhotunda. During the stretch of the road, the competing tribes will have another street dance performance until the Maria Clara Monument, where the final judging area will be at.
Prizes are P100,000 for the champion; P50,000 for 1st runner-up; P40,000 for 2nd runner-up; P30,000 for 3rd runner-up; and P20,000 for the 4th runner-up. Minor awards include P10,000 for Best in Performance, P10,000 for Best in Choreography, P10,000 for Best in Production Design, and P10,000 for Best in Street Dancing. Awarding of prizes will be held in the evening of Jan. 27 at the Freedom Grandstand.
Last Year’s Winners were:
Champion – Tribu Kahilwayan of Santa Barbara
1st Runner-up – Grupo Ilahas of Cabatuan
2nd Runner-up – Tribu Tultugan of Maasin
Tribu Kahilwayan of Santa Barbara will not join this year’s Kasadyahan because they have already entered the Hall of Fame after having won the Kasadyahan Competition for 3 straight years.
If You want to view pictures/videos of last year’s Kasadyashan Competition, you can check out this page.