On a starry, moonlit night of September 6, 2017, highschool students from 8 participating campuses impressed the crowd as they danced the night away with their lights for the 18th SidlaKasilak “Dance of Lights” Competition.
Winners of this year’s competition are as follows:
1st Prize (Php30,000 + Trophy) – Gov Jacinto Borja National HS of Cantaungon
2nd Prize (Php20K+ Trophy) – Cabilao
3rd Prize (Php10K + Trophy) – Sandingan
The Provincial Government office of Bohol awarded all the 8 participating schools with Php50,000 each by way of IT equipment packages.
Initiated by Mr. Rey P. Monreal in 2000, the SidlaKasilak “Dance of Light” was brought forth in honor of Loon’s patroness, “Birhen sa Kasilak” (Our Lady of Light). The only evening street dancing event in Bohol, SidlaKasilak started with candles in paper lanterns. As candles and Japanese papers couldn’t withstand the wind and the heat, the props have now evolved into using flashlights, magic sticks, and LED lights. Recognizably different from other street dance competitions, the SidlaKasilak Dance of Lights doesn’t need lavish costumes and props. The contest criteria which remained the same for years focus mainly on the lights: lights design, color harmony and brightness (20%); choreography or movement and formation of lights (40%); and dynamics or manipulation and synchronization of the lights with the music (40%).
Other highlights of the festival were the traditional “Pagtagbo sa Kasilak” from Barangay Napo to the Our Our Lady of Light Parish Church passing through the historical Inang-angan Stairway at 4PM. Following the rite was the Street Dancing Offering at 6PM.