Surigao del Norte, Inayawan win Sinulog Festival 2023

SURIGAO del Norte’s Omega de Salonera won big-time in the Sinulog 2023 as it was named champion in two of the festival’s major categories -- ritual showdown (free interpretation) and street dancing -- on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Barangay Inayawan’s Talent Guild and Cultural Group was also named champion in the ritual showdown’s Sinulog-based category, as well as in Best in Musicality.

Omega de Salonera also won the Best in Costume award (free interpretation), while the Inayawan Talent Guild and Cultural Group took home the same title in the Sinulog-based category.

In an interview, Mark Ivan Quiban, choreographer of Omega de Salonera, thanked the Province of Surigao del Norte for the support and Senor Sto. Niño for their win.

“Salamat sa tanan labi na sa Ginoo nga mao ra gyud ang nag giya kanamo. Walay dancer nga naaksidente o naluya tungod kay nisalig kami sa Ginoo nga magmalampuson kami sa among pagsalmot diri sa contest. Salamat gyud sa tanan, labi na ni Balaang Bata, Sr. Sto. Niño,” he said.

He added that Sunday’s victory is his biggest achievement as a choreographer.

“This is my first time to join the Sinulog. I started as a choreographer in Surigao del Norte in 2016, but this is my biggest achievement as a choreographer,” Quibna said in Bisaya.

Quiban won P50,000 for being the choreographer of Omega de Salonera, while the contingent won the P1 million grand prize.

The other winners are the following:

RITUAL SHOWDOWN (Free Interpretation):

Champion - Omega de Salonera, Surigao del Norte

2nd - Lumad Basakanon

3rd - Bailes Deluces, La Castellana, Negros Occidental

4th - Barangay San Roque Ciudad

5th - Tribu Mabolokon

RITUAL SHOWDOWN (Sinulog-based):

Champion – Inayawan Talent Guild and Cultural Group

2nd - Barangay Tejero

3rd - Banauan Cultural Group

4th - Banay Labangon

5th - Alpha Kappa Rho

BEST IN COSTUME (Free Interpretation):

Omega de Salonera, Surigao del Norte

BEST IN COSTUME (Sinulog-based):

Inayawan Talent Guild and Cultural Group

STREET DANCING:

Champion - Omega de Salonera, Surigao del Norte

2nd - Lumad Basakanon

3rd - Banay Labangon

4th – Banauan Cultural Group

5th - Tribu Mabolokon, Barangay Mabolo

BEST IN MUSICALITY (Free Interpretation):

Champion - Lumad Basakanon

2nd - Omega de Salonera, Surigao del Norte

3rd - Barangay San Roque Ciudad

4th - Bailes Deluces, La Castellana

5th - Hugpong sa Kabatan-onang Tisaanon

BEST IN MUSICALITY (Sinulog-based):

Champion – Inayawan Talent Guild and Cultural Group

2nd - Barangay Tejero

3rd - Banay Labangon

4th – Banauan Cultural Group

5th - Alpha Kappa Rho Cebu Supreme Council

PUPPETEERS:

Champion - Niño Mateo

2nd - Orly Johnson Fuentes

3rd - Angelie Marie Aranas

HIGANTES:

Champion - #5 Barug Siblings and Friends

2nd - #4 Gerald Billones

3rd - #6 ABC Friendship

FLOAT:

Champion - #16 IPI

2nd - #11 Friends Philippines

3rd - #4 Tuburan Coffee

(LMY/With reports from IRT)