Newcomer steals limelight in Panagbenga streetdancing contest

Newcomer Tuba Central School grabbed the limelight in the grand streetdancing completion of the 24th edition of Panagbenga, popularly known as the Baguio Flower Festival, when it emerged as the overall champion in the elementary division of the contest held at the Baguio Athletic Bowl Saturday morning.

Tuba Central School edged erstwhile overall champion Apolinario Mabini Elementary School which placed second, Baguio Central School which landed in third place, Manuel Quezon Elementary School – fourth place, Jose P. Laurel Elementary School – fifth place, Lucban Elementary School – sixth place and Dontogan Elementary School – seventh place.

In the high school division of the grand streetdancing competition, the Baguio City National High School Special Performing Arts was the overall champion followed by the University of the Cordilleras Senior High School in second place, Saint Louis University High School which placed third, Pinsao National High School – fourth place, Pines City National High School – fifth place and Remnant International College – sixth place.

SLU College bested three other competitors in the open category and was the overall champion followed by the Mana-it group of Burgos, La Union in second place, Pinablin festival of Calasiao, Pangasinan – third place and Sagpat, Kibungan – fourth place.

Tuba Central School took home the grand prize of P300,000 in the elementary division with P200,000 as the cash prize while P40,000 will be the subsidy to the school and the additional subsidy of P60,000 will be given by the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) to the students. Mabini settled for the P250,000 cash prize, including a similar subsidy while Baguio Central School settled for the P200,000 cash prize including the same subsidy.

BCNHS went home with P250,000 cash prize, including the P50,000 subsidy from the foundation, while UC senior high school settled for the P200,000 cash prize and a similar subsidy and SLU high school will be receiving P150,000 cash prize including the same subsidy.

For the open category, SLU College will be bringing home the cash prize of P200,000 while the Mana-it group will be receiving some P150,000 and the Pinablin festival will be getting the P100,000 cash prize earmarked for third placers. - Dexter A. See