The celebration of the 72nd Araw ng Dabaw highlighted by the Parada Dabawenyo on Monday was generally peaceful with the biggest participation of 178 contingents, according to Davao City Police Office Director, Sr. Supt. Ramon Apolinario.
Apolinario said the peaceful festivity could be attributed to the 1,500 military and olice personnel dispersed in the city’s major areas of convergence to ensure peace and order.
Maj. Patrick Cinco of Task Force Davao said troops were placed for the security coverage of Araw ng Dabaw’s engagement areas. Day and night patrols and random checkpoints throughout the city were also conducted.
James A. Zimmerman, chariman of the Parada Dabawenyo, said the parade drew in the most number of contingents with a total of 178 groups from all sectors in the city joining the event.
“This is the biggest so far and we thank the people for their support,” Zimmerman, who handled the five-hour parade, said.
The Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Central Elementary School Drum and Bugle Corps bagged the best contingent award in the Parada Dabawenyo. The group brought home P50,000 as prize.
The university of the Immaculate Concepcion Folkloric Band Ensemble placed second to win P40,000, while the Bolton Elementary School and Community Brass Band landed third, bringing home P30,000.
The Matigsalog Tribe settled for fourth place, bringing home P20,000. The Davao City Youth Symphonic Band bagged the fifth spot, with a P10,000 cash prize.
The Davao Volunteer Fire Brigade, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Airsoft Warfare Operatives Legion – Davao, Maranao Tribe and the Crossing Bayabas National High School were each given P5,000 as consolation prizes.
Meanwhile, the Bolton Elementary School emerged grand champion in the First Sayawan sa Dan’s street dancing competition also on Monday.
The grand champion in Sayawan brought home P10,000 cash and a trophy.
Winning second and third place, respectively, were Magallanes Elementary School and Sta. Ana Central Elementary School. They took home P50,000 each, plus trophy.
Twelve other groups were each given P10,000 consolation prizes.
The contest, participated in by different schools and barangays, was divided into two parts – the street performance and the showdown performance.
The street performance traversed the streets of San Pedro, Legaspi, Rizal, and Bolton to the tune of the Araw ng Dabaw official theme: Bahaghari Tayo.
On the other hand, the showdown performance was held at San Pedro St. facing Rizal Park with the performers dancing to the music of their choice. Gold Star, Wednesday, March 18, 2009