Tribu Manubiaw dancers were all emotional when the verdict was announced.

When Tribu Kudong, their toughest opponent, was announced 1st runner-up, they knew that they already got the crown.

Tribu Manubiaw of the Central Tacurong District is the champion of this year’s street dancing and field demonstration competition dubbed Lumbayag sa Dalanon kag Kiay-Kiay sa Talakudong held on September 18, 2014.

Lumbayag and Kiay-kiay are the known highlights of Talakudong Festival every year.

Manubiaw bested four other tribu (tribes). Manubiaw was also recognized as the tribu with the best music and best field exhibition.

Last year’s champion, Tribu Kudong, put up a very tough battle yet failed to defend its title. However, Kudong was adjudged as best in street dance and best in street showdown. Tribu Kudong is composed of students in the North Tacurong District.

Meanwhile, Tribu Kadsayap of South Tacurong District was adjudged 2nd runner-up.

Participating delegations rehearse months prior to the competition hence Tacurongnons and local tourists always look forward to the event. Tribus never fail to amaze spectators with their exhibitions using the ‘talakudong’, a native headgear wherein Tacurong got its name.

“Every year, each delegation seems to blend the pressure to win and the excitement to deliver grand performances. I am always in awe,” said Mayor Lina O. Montilla. The mayor also thanked the City Schools Division of Tacurong for its support year after year.

Talakudong Lumbayag and Kiay-kiay showcase Tacurong’s culture and history. At the same time, it gives opportunities to schools and students to show off their competitive edges.

This year, it was an honor for the delegations to perform before Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and before other government leaders. Other guests during the event were Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo, Mayor Peter B. Miguel of Koronadal, Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue of Isulan, Mayor Rolando Garcia of Kalamansig, and Mayor Abubacar Maulana of Palimbang. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)