Salakayan Festival of Miagao declared Grand Champion in the 2012 Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition
The Tribu Salakayan of the Municipality of Miag-ao was declared Champion in the first Regional Kasadyahan Cultural Competition 2012 held in Iloilo City on January 21, 2012. The Tribe also won the following minor awards: Best in Performance, Best in Choreography and Best Choreographer. It bested eight other participating tribes coming from Bago City, Negros Occidental; San Jose , Antique; Silay City, Negros Occidental; Roxas City; Buenavista, Guimaras, Sibunag, Guimaras and Tibia, Antique.
Other winners of this year’s Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition are Tribu Mandaragat of San Jose, Antique – 1st runner-up; Hubon Sinulog sang Oracon of Sibunag, Guimaras – 2nd runner-up; Sinadya sa Halaran of Roxas City, Capiz – 3rd runner-up; and Tribu Maragtas of West Visayas State University, Iloilo City – 4th runner up.
As champion, Tribu Salakayan won P125,000 cash prize and trophy. The tribe is also invited to perform in the Aliwan Festival in Manila on April 2012, a gathering of best festivals in the country.
Tribu Salakayan was jointly put up by Miagao National High School (MNHS) and Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College – WVCST Miagao Campus. The performers were composed of students from both schools. The major sponsors were the Municipality of Miagao, Miagao National High School, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) VI, Western Visayas College of Science & Technology (WVCST), and Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College-WVCST Miagao Campus. Tribu Salakayan was supervised jointly by Dr. Raul F. Muyong, SIPC Campus Administrator and Mrs. Merlita Montenid, Principal II of MNHS. Tribe Choreographers were Mr. Ramon Emmanuel, Jr. of SIPC and Miss Rosemarie Fortaleza of MNHS. The Tribe Leaders were Hon. Julieta N. Flores, Municipal Mayor of Miagao, Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Mrs. Merlita Montenid. (rfm).