Tinglayan, Kalinga – Bangad’s Manichut Band wowed the judges on Thursday, August 31, during the live band competition, garnering first place for their overall performance.
Launched just this year, the competition was joined by five bands whose members are youth, who shared their talent and excellence in singing and playing instruments – traditional or modern, before the judges and audiences.
Centered on the theme "Community Health Kontra Bisyo: Ili Manlin-awa' Sumangan Laweng Way Opya", the winning group and other participating bands composed and performed an original song, both through a music video and through the live performance.
In the scoring, 30 percent was derived from the music video, while 7 percent was based on the group’s live performance.
Criteria set include originality, 25 points; musicality, 20 points; stage presence, 20 points; audience impact, 10 points; and relevance to the theme, 25 points.
Manichut Band garnered most of the top scores in all of the criteria, allowing them to bring home the top prize.
Buscalan Band came in second place, followed by Luplupa Band. Meanwhile, Butbut Proper Atanchan Band and Bugnay Band have won consolation prizes.
First-place winners brought home P25,000, second-placers P15,000, and third-placers P10,000. Consolation prizes were likewise given to other participants.
In a message, Mayor Sacrament Gumilab conveyed his felicitation to the participants for showcasing their God-given talents in the contest.
He then urged them to continue doing their craft and put emphasis on songs empowering the youth and those that would inspire youth to engage in worthwhile and productive activities that will promote a healthier lifestyle and increase awareness of the consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use.
To recall, the live band competition aims to unite communities and foster a sense of community pride for a healthier, alcohol- and drug-free community in support of the Department of Health's "Don't Smoke, Lessen Alcohol, Say No to Drugs" health promotion playbooks.
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