Comparsa sa Mandawe 2010

August 20, 2010

From the known Mantawi Festival of Mandaue City, another festival which will be held this coming August 28, 2010 is so called Comparsa sa Mandawe 2010. There will be a Streetdancing competition which start at 3pm followed by Musical Dance Theater Competition at 7pm at Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex. This event is part of the 41st City's Charter Day that will be happening on August 30, 2010. Comparsa sa Mandawe is organized by the City Mayor’s Office- Mandaue City Tourism and Historical Office and Mandaue CHEST Foundation, Inc. which aims to make the Mandauehanons cultural, united, competitive and strong.


COMPARSA - a dance theater competition between different youth groups that used to be held in Mandaue in the late 50’s and 60’s. Sometimes spelled with a Z, it is a Spanish word that means competition. As in most comparsa traditions in different parts of the Visayas, dance presentations were accompanied by a live band or stringed ensemble.

MANDAWE - This was how the name of the City was spelled until the granting of the City Charter in 1969.

Photo credited by Jay Dalumpines

As one of the highlights of the annual charter Day Celebration, The main event of the Festival will be the Street Performance and Musical Dance Theater Competition among the different Barangay Clusters.

There are 27 barangays of the city who are divided into 10 clusters will be participating on the said festival event.

1. Centro, Alangalang Hon. Diosdado P. Suico
2. Bakilid, Banilad Hon. Jimmy C. Lumapas
3. Basak, Pagsabungan, Labogon Hon. Demetrio C. Cortes
4. Jagobiao, Paknaan, Tabok Hon. Bethooven C. Andaya
5. Guizo, Mantuyong, Casuntingan Hon. Benjamin H. Basiga
6. Canduman, Cabangcalan, Tawason Hon. J. Jefferson C. Ceniza
7. Umapad, Cambaro Hon. Emmarie O. Dizon
8. Ibabao, Opao, Looc Hon. Nenita C. Layese
9. Maguikay, Tingub, Casili, Cubacub Hon. Elstone C. Dabon
10. Subangdaku, Tipolo Hon. Editha F. Cabahug

The competition is a kin to the traditional “comparsa” except that it now accommodates all types of live instrumentation. Themes, storyline or concept must be culled or inspired from Mandaue’s history, heritage, culture and values, outstanding Mandauehanons, achievers, best products and other prides of the City. By using the old spelling of the name, it is easily understood that the nature and focus of the festival is the city’s history, heritage and culture. By using the trajectory of the past, the festival allow its audience and participants to reflect on its present and exhibit the hopes and dreams of the Mandauehanons for their city. Thus in a subtler way, pride of place and belongingness is embedded especially among the young Mandauehanons who are expected to be the major participants and beneficiaries of this program.

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