While the year 2020 proved to be an awful one, Occidental Mindoro 1st District Board Member Philip Villaluna Ramirez capped it with the best possible meaningful way by coming up with youth and family-oriented projects.
BM Ramirez, for one, partnered with Occidental Mindoro’s premier youth-oriented group Youth of the Nation (YN) who, for the last couple of years, has been putting up a dance contest for God’s glory dubbed as SAYAWEH or ‘Sayaw Para Kay Yahweh‘.
Secondly, BM Ramirez emphasized the importance of family during Christmas holidays with ‘Kwentong Pasko’ focusing on three categories:
- Best Family Ever (#BestFamEver)
- Luto Ni Nanay (#LutoNiNanay)
- Baka Naman (#BakaNaman)
He then channeled this to giving praises and glory to God, thereby instituting a great sense of brotherhood and camaraderie among young generation that cut across different municipalities.
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Kuya Cado however left to fulfill his evangelical mission in Bacolod where he is currently residing. His core members however went on to let the good vibes flow and YN dance contest lives on.
By the first week of December, BM Ramirez sent his emissary to sit down with representatives of Youth of the Nation based in the Municipality of Mamburao headed by RJ Alvarez to discuss options on how they can stage the dance contest.
With threats of Covid-19 still high, YN is faced with the challenges of assembling dance groups from different municipalities to compete with each other while following health protocols. And since it’s a competition, warm bodies are expected to rub elbows any selected venue.
Everyone knows it won’t be easy. But with their commitment to annually showcase the youth’s dance moves, they are not to let the pandemic pin down their tradition for nothing this year.
‘Nung una ako nainform tungkol sa SAYAWEH, I understand na medyo mahirap gawin yun. Kasi nga pandemic. Pero hindi naman ako para palampasin ang pagkakataon ang mga kabataan na mapakita nila yung talents nila. Kaya ginawan talaga namin ng paraan para matuloy ang SAYAWEH’, says BM Ramirez in an interview.
Beforehand, BM Ramirez told his representative that he is more than willing to talk with some people who will also have the interest to support the event. He also suggested that venues be chosen for SAMARICA and MAPSA area that can accommodate participants from 1st and 2nd District of Occidental Mindoro. Such was then brought out and agreed upon during meetings with YN core members.
San Jose Pilot Elementary School (SJPES) came out as the best venue for SAMARICA participants, December 17 through the coordination of San Jose Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Christian Hennesy Cruz, while Occidental Mindoro National High School (OMNHS) welcomed those from MAPSA floor movers, December 16.
Sobrang thankful tayo kay SK Fed Pres. Christian Cruz at Sir Fred Magbanua, Principal ng OMNHS. Malagang instrumento din sila para mabigyang daan yung event. Maraming salamat talaga sa kanila.
Salamat din kay Kon. JB and Mayor Andy Dangeros dahil pinayagan niya tayo na magamit yung 3rd floor ng kanilang munisipyo.
Meanwhile, to avoid crowding the dance contest venue, participants were given time as to when they will have to come to perform. Everyone was required to wear a face mask. They were only allowed to remove it during the performance.
Mingling with other groups was also prohibited. They are to stay in their designated area.
A total of ten (10) dance groups joined the contest. They are as follows:
(Note: Click on to watch each group’s performance.)
Celebrity dancer Jhong Hilario graced the contest by choosing his favorite dance group through the videos uploaded at BM Ramirez’ Facebook page.
Christmas season is family bonding time. And BM Ramirez knows this perfectly. With himself missing his family, he felt the best way to get closer to them is to see how everyone value their family members through photo contest.
Malayo din ako sa pamilya ko. Most of the time nasa Manila sila and ako lang ang naiiwan dito. Pero yung makita ang mga kababayan natin kung paano nila pinapahalagahan ang kanilang kapamilya at magkakasama ngayong Pasko, happy na rin ako’, explains BM Ramirez on his Kwentong Pasko Photo Contest.
The contest’s concept is simple. Interested participants only need to comment a photo of their family picture for #BestFamEver category, and their favorite cuisine prepared by their Mom during Christmas holiday for #LutoNiNanay category.
The contest also includes #BakaNaman where participants are to send out their Christmas wish with the hope of BM Ramirez granting it.
Each photo entry is coupled with a description. BM Ramirez personally read all of them before announcing the winners last December 30 through Facebook Live with DJ Yuzo Raketero and DJ Dazel of The Bay 99.3 FM as hosts.
Raffle gifts were also given out during the announcement of winners.
List Of Winners
Here is the list of winners who captured the attention of judges and BM Ramirez.
SAYAWEH 2020 Dance
- Competition Champion | DIY P15,000.00
- 1st Runner-up | GIGATIME P10,000.00
- 2nd Runner-up | KSQUAD P5,000.00
- #𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 | 𝐊𝐲𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐝 𝐋𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐩 – P𝟑,𝟎𝟎𝟎
- #BestFamEver Most Liked Entry | Christianne Arvaie Rosco – P500
- #𝐋𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐍𝐢𝐍𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐲 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 | 𝐑𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐚 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐨 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐨 – P𝟑,𝟎𝟎𝟎
- #LutoNiNanay Most Liked Entry | Kreshziel Sayasa – P500
- #𝐁𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 | 𝐊𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐚 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚 – P𝟑,𝟎𝟎𝟎
- #BakaNaman Most Liked Entry | Carina Robles Vidal – P500
𝐊𝐰𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐨 𝐑𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐥𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 (P𝟓𝟎𝟎)
- Bea Carisza Agulan Teodosio
- Mhay’en Sophie
- Rosalie Ramirez Francisco
- Justine Bernabe
- Horezon Brual Aguirre
𝟏𝟎𝐤 𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐑𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐥𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 (P𝟓𝟎𝟎)
- Christian Catapat
- Elvie Yacarad Rover
- Norberto Ramirez Furto Jr.
- Kris Tinay
- Cath Sartorius
𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝐅𝐚𝐧 𝐑𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐥𝐞 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 (P𝟏𝟎𝟎𝟎)
- Gilda B. Melgar
- Leibe De Guia
- Julieann Tanedo
- *Plus 100 worth of load to all the Top Fan
BM Ramirez thanked everyone who joined the contest.
Maraming, maraming salamat po sa lahat ng nag-join. Sana po kahit paano ay naging bahagi po ako para maging masaya ang inyong Pasko. Magkita-kita po tayo para sa isang progresibong 2021!
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