SINULOG FESTIVAL QUEEN
This category focuses on the Lead Dancers in every participating contingent. The lead dancer portrays how symbolic is the receiving of the image of the Christ Child made by Queen Juana. What the search will emphasize will be the Lead Dancer’s performance skills and her ability to interpret the Sinulog dance with rhythm and grace and all other accompanying artistic considerations. The Festival Queen will not have the usual elements of a beauty pageant. It is simply a search for the Lead Dancer who possesses the most exceptional qualities, both in physical beauty and dancing skills, among others.
In the last 36 years of the Sinulog, a focal subject of interest among the participating contingents has always been their respective Lead Dancers. These lady dancers, aside from the fact that they are usually in the center front of their contingent, are easily identifiable by the fact that they have the privilege of carrying the image of the Christ Child.
The Lead Dancer, therefore, carries big responsibilities. For one, she puts focus on the street dancing presentation. Secondly, she string together and, ultimately, encapsulates the artistic and interpretative essence of the ritual presentation. Besides being symbolic of Queen Juana receiving the image of the Christ Child, the Lead Dancer also provides flare entertainment to the audience at large.
It is not surprising then that Lead Dancer has time and again been one of the most favorite subject among the photographers participating in the annual Sinulog Photo Contest. She has graced the covers in both daily broad sheets and glossy magazines. She has captured the admiration and adulation of the Filipinos and foreigners.And she has found her way into the hearts of many, young and old alike.
More often than not, the artistic directors of the various Sinulog contingents choose their Lead Dancer based on two attributes: Physical Beauty and Dancing Skills.
Festival Queen 2016 is not a beauty pageant. It is simply a search for the Lead Dancer who possesses the most exceptional qualities, both in physical beauty and dancing skills, among her peers. That makes her then the first among equals.
Hence, Festival Queen 2016 will not have the usual elements of a beauty pageant. There will be no swimsuit and evening gown competitions. there will be no interview or pre-recorded profiles of each participating lead dancer.
What the search will highlight will be the Lead Dancer’s performance skills and her ability to interpret the Sinulog dance with rhythm and grace and all other accompanying artistic consideration.
Now on it’s 13th year, the Sinulog Foundation, Inc. crowns a Sinulog Festival Queen anew, As the reigning Festival Queen will pass on her crown to his year winner.
Festival Queen, The Search for the Best Sinulog Lead Dancer!
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