On February 18, a street dancing competition was held as a part of the Aurora Day Celebration. Different elementary, high school and college groups participated in this affair that started with a parade in the morning and then the main presentation at the capitol grounds. I think three locations along the Quezon highway were set up for the groups to do their thing in front of judges. Then they were judged again for their main presentation in front of the capitol stage. This year, provincial tourism officer Cristopher Gonzales personally commissioned an original song titled "Pagsibol" from some members of Manila's popular band Reggae Mistress. This was used or interpreted by the participating groups in the competition. This was a very colorful event and the parade is a must see. It's better than the Aurora Day parade where all you see are mostly color coded employees walking on the road, most of them doing it against their will. There were two categories for this competition, elementary and high school/college with each winning team receiving 17,000 pesos. This year Baler Central School and Aurora State College of Technology won the elementary and high school/college categories respectively. Enjoy the pictures!
United Colors of Aurora
The costumes are all about coconut and sabutan.
Not really packed with people, but you can say it's a hit.
A sweeping attire.
Ka Karding's house at the corner of Angara and Quezon. The banner is about a 3-cock derby.
This is not the 1000 meter relay.
The little komedyantes of Buhangin.
Doing the bilao thingy.
A tribute to selling vegetables.
It pays to be my kumpare, your daughter or pamangkin stands a great chance to be posted on batangbaler. The Baler Central School winners fronted by Dianne, my pareng Dan's daughter and pareng Metong's pamangkin.
Too many suns.
Not my inaanak.
Ms. Dulay from Aurora National Science High School, Ymay's pamangkin. Or pinsan.
And this is Maan.
Another sweeping attire.
Boys on skirts. Celebrate diversity!
One of the golden girls from ASCOT. This cheerless gal is named Cheerful. Really.
Three months early for Flores De Mayo.
Those sabutan dress must be very itchy.
And those tistis tubes too.
The agony of walking barefoot on sunbaked concrete.
Caption this pix and win a prize.
Sun as hat part 1.
Sun as hat part 2.
Sorry kid, no banig tonight. Ate made a dress out of it.
The second part of the gimmick is this field demonstration.
The kids from Ditumabo caused a sabutan shortage.
Higantes, the small version.
Now this is what i call the front row seat.
It's really a sabutan world. I'm guessing a sabutan fest next year.
Nice portable shades.
I don't know but they really look like trophies.