Bigger prizes at stake in this year’s Rampada

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By Ray Christopher A. Booc

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City Councilor Harry Don Radaza reveals prizes and criteria for Rampada 2013 during a press conference at the Lapu-Lapu City Hall. (Fritz John A Menguito)

There will be bigger prizes for the winning participants in this year’s Rampada and Higante competitions, which are among the activities that will be held during the Kadaugan Street Party scheduled this April in Lapu-Lapu City.

Other events include the cosplay contest, carnival, gourmet walk, fireworks show, car show, and live bands, said Councilor Harry Don Radaza. The higante competition will be happening for the first time in the 2013 Kadaugan Street Party, which also has Rampada as one of the highlights.

Councilor Radaza said Rampada performers can wear sexy but tasteful costumes. He added they will be checking all of the performers’ outfits a week before the event to make sure these fit with the City’s standards.

“That’s one of the highlights of Rampada. Anyway, this is not a religious competition wherein the Rayna Bulakna will hold a religious image. The sexier the better, di ba? That’s what we like but not too much,” he stressed.

There will also be a separate competition pitting the main dancers, called Rayna Bulakna, of all performing groups. Each contingent’s Rayna Bulakna has to prove she is worthy of the award by showcasing her skills in dancing.

Compared to last year’s Rampada, this year’s prizes will be much bigger for the different categories.

Prizes for the barangay division are:
1st Prize: 150,000
2nd Prize: 100,000
3rd Prize: 75,000

The open division has the following prizes:
1st Prize: 200,000
2nd Prize: 150,000
3rd Prize: 100,000

A group should have a maximum of 30 dancers, 15 of whom should be women. Any group that is seen to be promoting a running politician in its costumes or props will be disqualified, pointed out Radaza. At least nine contingents have registered for the barangay division. The deadline for the registration is April 5, 2013.

On the other hand, prizes for the higante competition are the following:

1st Prize: 50,000
2nd Prize: 35,000
3rd Prize: 20,000
4th Prize: 15,000
5th Prize: 10,000

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