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  • City offers P3.3-M in total prizes for Pasko Fiesta’s events


A TOTAL of P3,345,000 worth of prizes await winners of the Parada sa Pasko ug Banda Dasig, and the anticipated Giant Torotot, which are among the highlights of this year’s Pasko Fiesta sa Davao. 

During Wednesday’s Habi at Kape, event organizer Harold Quibete said the Banda Dasig and Parada sa Pasko were mostly inspired by Kadayawan’s Hudyaka and Pamulak competition. 

Quibete mentioned the following prizes: the grand winner of the Parada sa Pasko, also known as the lighted float parade, will receive P500,000; the first runner-up will get P300,000; P200,000 for the second runner-up, and seven consolation prizes of P100,000 each.

For Banda Dasig, also known as the drum and lyre band competition, the grand winner will receive P500,000; P300,000 for the first runner-up; P200,000 for the second runner-up; P100,000 for the third runner-up; P75,000 for the fourth runner-up, and 10 consolation prizes of P30,000 each. 

For the Giant Torotot, a competition that will be slated for Paghinugyaw, the champion will get P50,000; P30,000 for the first runner-up’ P20,000 for the second runner-up; and seven consolation prizes of P10,000 each. 

He said the major competitions are also open for all nearby cities and provinces of Davao City. 

The Banda Dasig ug Parada sa Pasko, which commences on Dec. 22, will initially start from Roxas Avenue straight to CM Recto, San Pedro Square, going to Magallanes, exiting to Colasas, going to Quimpo Boulevard. Lighted floats will also return to Roxas Avenue for the final look until midnight. 

The Giant Torotot, which is incorporated for Paghinugyaw, the LGUs’ New Year countdown, will be set up at the center of Roxas Avenue. 

Quibete urged craftsmen to participate in the Giant Torotot competition. 

“It is very important that it should not only be visually attractive, but it should really not defeat the purpose of why it was made. It’s a torotot so it should sound,” he said. 

Several local-based bands, 16 stand-up comedians and drag artists, drum beaters, fire dancers, Pilipinas Got Talent performers, silk performers, contemporary dancers, and other artists will also showcase their talents. 

“We will come up with a show that is child-friendly, so you don’t need to worry na kahit may mga drag artists tayo, may mga stand-up comedians, it will be curated. As if you will be watching a more conservative version of them,” he added. 


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