Local talents shine in “Talentadong Catbaloganon”


Talentadong Catbaloganon (TC), a two-day competition aimed at discovering fresh, homegrown talents pushed through last June 10 in Brgy. Silanga. Jake Santos, a resident of Brgy. Guinsorongan, bested nine other contestants to claim the grand prize of PhP 3,000. A former semi-finalist in the nationwide talent show “Pilipinas Got Talent”, Santos wowed the audience and judges with his ability to change vocal range from male to female in his “doble-cara” style of singing “Aray Naku!”. GV Rondalla, a 12-member group comprising students from the Special Arts Program of the Samar National School placed second. Maikee Mendiola, an 18-year old girl from Brgy. 03 Poblacion completed the top three with her rendition of “And I am telling you, I am not going”. The second and third placers received PhP 2,000 and PhP 1,000 respectively.

All of the winners will have the chance to showcase their winning talents on the fellowship night on June 15, 2012 in front of city officials and other important guests.

TC was patterned after today’s popular talent competitions such as American Idol and Pilipinas Got Talent, where a panel of judges would critique contestants’ performances. But whereas the latter depended largely on viewers’ votes in determining the winner, here, the judges themselves carry the task of choosing the winner based on a set criteria which included Performance (50%), Entertainment Factor (40%) and Costume (10%).

The panel judges comprised of Vien Aying, the President of the Waray-waray Youth Advocates (WARAYA); Mr. Anecito Sultan, a Physical Education Instructor from the Samar State University; Hon. Dexter Uy, the SK Federation President; Mr. Juniel Tagarino, Catbalogan City’s first ever Catbalogan Idol, and Ms. Arlene De la Torre, who is the current Officer-in-Charge of the Music, Arts Physical Education and Health Department of Samar National School.

TC is among the activities cooked up by the City Government in anticipation of its 5th Charter Day Celebration. It was opened to all singing and dancing groups and individuals. WARAYA, the youth City Government’s youth partner and organizer, thought of holding the event in the outer barangays so as to ensure that the Charter Day spirit will not just be limited to the Poblacion area.

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