Tribu Lumad Basakanon in the semi-finals of 2022 Powerful Daegu Festival

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - CDN Digital Multimedia Reporter | July 10,2022 - 10:13 AM
Photo of the Tribu Lumad Basakanons during their introduction performance at the 2022 Powerful Daegu Festival.

The Tribu Lumad Basakanon in their introduction performance during the opening ceremony of the Powerful Daegu Festival held Friday night, July 8, at the Commercial District of Daegu City in Daegu, South Korea. | Photo courtesy of Ricky Ballesteros

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu’s pride, the Tribu Lumad Basakanon, made it to the semi-final rounds of the 2022 Powerful Daegu Festival in South Korea.

According to Ricky Ballesteros, co-chairman of the Korean-Philippine Festival Cultural Exchange Association and former executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc., the competition is scheduled at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Philippine time.

“Those who will make it to the finals will perform again,” he said.

The Tribu Lumad Basakanon, the country’s representatives to the festival that is participated by various contingents worldwide, left the country for South Korea last July 7.

They first appeared on stage for their introduction performance Friday night, July 8.  They again performed during the street dancing competition on Saturday, July 9, that was held at the busiest commercial center district in Daegu in South Korea.

The Basakanons were chosen to represent the country in the competition in South Korea after they won the virtual competition last year.

Four Philippine groups passed the qualification round.  But the Basakanons were eventually chosen as the country’s representatives since they were also the Free Interpretation Category winners in the Sinulog Festival 2020, the last competition that the Cebu City government and SFI organized before the pandemic hit.

They also won a bronze medal in the World Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival in South Korea last 2017.

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