A regular event every Talakudong Festival, the Kantahan ng Kabataan showcased once more the talent of Tacurongnon youth. On September 9, 2016, twenty three contestants competed in the Bulilit (6 to 9 years old), Children (10 to 13 years old), and Youth (14 to 18 years old) categories. The program began with an opening number of the contestants followed by the contest proper. The top three were announced in the Children and Youth categories, and they competed in a battle round.
With one final song each category, the top three rendered their own interpretation of the piece. In the end, the champion for the Youth category was Zayra Duhaylungsod. For the Children category, it was Clareus Myrald Tubaña. For the Bulilit category, Deonna Dindi Delgado took home the trophy.
The judges for the Bulilit category were Mr. Jemuel Dael, Mr. Ritchie Jamorabon, and Ms. Gay Cusi. For the Children and Youth, the judges were Mr. Jay Ruel, Mr. Tomas Robles, Ms. Rema Allado, and Ms. Nelly Bragado.
The Kantahan ng Kabataan committee was headed by Hon. Dave Salazar and Ms. Amelia Bochorno, and was composed of TACEA officers and members and the Office for the Development of Cooperatives headed by Mr. Nestor Leguro. The Kantahan ng Kabataan was aired live via Radyo Natin. (Yen Robles, LGU-Tacurong Information)