Its my third year witnessing Talakudong Festival street dancing and I am still amazed at the level of competition for this contest. Obviously, the prize is an attractive offer (75K for the grand prize) but I think what the participating groups is more attuned to is the pride of being called the “champion”. I mean the months of practice, the elaborate costumes, the massive number of participants and the dance moves, I don’t think the prize money could even pay for half the efforts of the participating group.
Starting in 2001 and then celebrated every year there after, Talakudong festival tells the story of how Tacurong City got its name. Talakudong refers to the “headgear” of our tribal ancestors and symbolizes the affluence and pride of Tacurong’s early settlers. Often depicted in a dance, and sprinkled with some religious storytelling, the current “renactment’ is as spectacular as the festival itself.
This year I was lucky enough to get a place on the front of the demo field, thus these “nice” photos. Here are some of those pictures taken using my 2.1 MP point and shoot camera!
Hope next year, I can better shots with a better camera.