December 7, 2010, SM City Lipa – Ten mini-bands signed and showed up for the Drum and Lyre Competition, one of the main events of the celebration of the 429th Founding Anniversary of Batangas. For the first time, this competition is being held outside of the Batangas Capitol in Batangas City, and this year’s host is Lipa.
At exactly 1pm, the competing mini-bands paraded from the left side of SM Lipa going to the front parking where the actual performances took place. The participating schools drew lots for their respective numbers, and it seemed from the spectator’s point-of-view that no one wanted to go first. But once call time begins, the participants, aged 6 years old to 12 year old, showed their talents in music and dancing to the audience with enthusiasm no matter what order they performed, and whether the sun was shining directly on them or there was a drizzle.
Each band was identified through their colorful costumes and remarkable musical arrangement. Some opted for rock music, while some others went for classical and contemporary. One notable performance was from one of the trainers who headbanged with their band members. Another trainer, Buddy Arnigo of Maghinaw Elementary School, Bauan, Batangas said that the preparations were not that easy in terms of the musical instruments and costumes. He was a trainer since 1994 and he speaks from experience about how easily anything from costume, to wrong notes and choreography can go wrong.
The winners were chosen based on 1) the musicality and 2) overall performance. The judges were Mr. Ambrose Azucena, Mr. Bobit Macapagal, Mr. George Cabullo, Mr. Jun Mapa, and Mr. Floy Quintos, who is the chairman of the board of Judges.
Different emotions from the contestants and parents showed all throughout the announcement of winners. Kids were already crying even before the 2nd placer was announced, and some were even hugging their fellow bandmates. Suddenly, it dawned on them that the weeks of hard practice will either be compensated or disappear into nothing in the next few minutes while the judges read their verdict. With their outstanding performance and uniqueness, the mini band from Lemery, Batangas (total score : 93.5) declared as the first place and received 75,000 pesos and trophy. Second place was Maghinaw Elementary School Band from Bauan, Batangas (91.5) and thry received 50,000 pesos and trophy. The third place went to first-time joiners from Tuy, Batangas(91.25) and they received 25,000 pesos and trophy.
JR got to pose with arguably the best dancer/majorette of the competition from Grand Winner mini-band from Lemery. See most of the pictures that we took just hours ago.
Article and pictures contributed by WOWBatangas Correspondents Rachel Garing and Edison Manalo.(Sorry, we’re having trouble uploading the pictures right now. You can see all uploaded pics at our facebook page. Just click here.)