“The bottom line of our celebration is our faith in God.” This is the message relayed by Gov. Isagani S. Amatong during the successfully celebrated Sinulog 2004 last Saturday at Punta Corro, Central Barangay, Dipolog City.

According to the governor that the unyielding faith of the people towards God is the ultimate reason why there is such a marvelous celebration taking place in the city.

On the other hand, Mayor Roberto Uy and Monsigñor Jose Manguiran delivered their clear and concise  message directed towards the celebration of the affair.

The Sinulog 2004 started with a Fluvial Parade which started from Looc Estaka all the way to the beach area of barangay Miputak then back to the shores of barangay Sicayab then finally ending to a stop at the famous Breakwater of Central Barangay.

Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Tourism Officer Edwin Bation hands the P15,000.00 cash prize and the symbolic 30-kilogram champions trophy to Mayor Ma. Teresa G. Caballero of the Tribo ni Tino contingent during the awarding ceremonies of the 15th Sinulog sa Dipolog Cultural Dancing Competition held at the ZN Sports Complex. (wesite Sinulog)

With all the devotional street dancing and the merry making of the cultural competition held at the grounds of the Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex, triumphant in its attempt to win the champions trophy is the contingent from the Tribo ni Tino of Barangay Sipulan of the town of Manukan.

The second place went to the tribes people of Tribo ni Jose of Don Jose Aguirre also from Manukan town while the third place went to Tribo Mangingisda of Santa Cruz Chapel of Central Barangay of the city of Dipolog.

Tribo ni Tino received the cash prize worth P15,000.00 and a very unique trophy shaped like a musical note whose top emblem symbolized the drum instrument. The champions trophy weighed around 20 to 30 kilos as announced by the announcers during the awarding ceremonies.

The champions trophy received by the Tribo ni Tino contingent was the first of its kind in the whole province of Zamboanga del Norte and was made possible through the efforts of the Provincial Government through the Office of the Provincial Tourism Office.

However, the second place winners also received a cash prize worth P10,000.00 and P7,000.00 went to the third prize winners.

The other five non-winners received the consolation prize of P1,000.00 each which represented contingents from Pundok Mangingisda ni Lando of Baybay Sicayab; Saint Peter Chapel or Barangay Miputak Chapel; Juvenile Tribes of the Upper Turno Youth Organization and Our Lady of Fatima Parish; Sinuyak Parish participated by the Sinuyak National High School of the town of Katipunan;  and Tribo Magbabaol of La Libertad Parish.

Special awards were also given by the Sinulog 2004 Committee where the most participated awards was garnered both by Tribo ni Tino and Tribo ni Jose, Barangay Miputak Chapel got the most lively award, the most unique award was given to Tribo sa Magbabaol, and most colorful went to Tribo ni Jose.

The most simple award went to the Upper Turno Youth Organization contingent; Central Barangay won the most organized award and the most disciplined went to the Tribo sa Magbabaol.

The Sinulog 2004 Committee would also like to thank the Devotional Category dancers who participated in the Sinulog Procession that took place from Sta. Cruz in Rizal Avenue all the way to the Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex.


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