Mayor Yap supports National Arts celebration



City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap and City Administrator Leonides Borja congratulated the working committee behind the successful celebration of the National Arts Month celebration in the ICM Activity Center led by the Chair of the City Council for Culture and the Arts (CCCA), Prof. Joshibiah Gaa De Juan and its council members, Tagbilaran City DepEd Superintendent Dr. Virginia Zapanta, Fiel Araoarao-Gabin, Jcel Cinchez Espejo Inting, Sherwin J. Sapong, Joey Labrador, Madame Nila Itac, Ursesio Amon, Engr. Jess Tirol, Faustino Culpa, EJ Relampagos, Teresita Piquero, Aleli Antoni, Albert Lacang, Joseph Gara, City Events Culture and the Arts Joseph Alexis Cadelina and staff, the participating schools, coaches and mentors, the distinguished panel of judges led by Madame Enriqueta Butalid, Marianito Luspo, Elma Canuto, Rosalinda Paredes, Rene Eune Ponte, Lutgardo Labad, Nila Itac, Arnel Libot, Engr. Jes Tirol, and Vida Tirol de Juan.


Mayor Yap said that Arts is important in the development of the entire potential of the human being. “The City Government is well-entrenched in sports programs, thus, it is also fitting that the nurturing of our students’ inclination in the Arts should also be prioritized. I am optimistic that we would go for a holistic approach in harnessing the skills of our youth.” The City Mayor has evidently shown his all-out support to the advancement of Tagbilaran City’s Culture and Arts, specifically with the resurrection of the CCCA after almost a decade of inactivity.


The culmination program witnessed the best of the best from Tagbilaran City schools with performances from the grand champions of the different Art forms. Balitaw, a dialogue of songs in which a young woman and a young man compete to see who is better at improvising romantic verses tickled the audience with the witty pair from Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS) funny repertoire. The orators who excelled in Balak wowed the audience with their love for country. The romantic pair from the Tagbilaran City Science High School wooed the young girls crooning Kundiman love songs. But it was the hiphop dancers who brought the house down with its precise moves and fast routine. The dancers from DCPNHS and BIT International College enthralled the millennials with its jaw-dropping breakdancing moves. The National Arts Month was themed, “Malikhain…Mapagbago…Filipino.”


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