By Chooli Julia Nuyana
Eight thousand erupted in cheer after the Antipolo Immaculate Conception Elementary School and the Antipolo Immaculate Conception High School were announced champion of the Yes Drum and Lyre Competition at the Ynares Center last December 7, 2017.
After winning 1st runner up in last year’s competition the Antipolo Immaculate Conception School elementary and high school squads went home with P100,000 and a trophy each for winning the Junior and Senior categories over 20 public and private schools in Antipolo.
The competition was divided into two categories: the junior category, composed of students from grades one to six; and the senior category, students from grades 7 to twelve.
Other winners who bagged major awards were: San Isidro Elementary School (junior) and San Jose National High School (senior), first runner up with prize of P75,000; Our Lady of Peace School (junior) and Our Lady of Peace School (senior), second runner up, P50,000; Bagong Nayon Elementary School (junior) and Hillcrest School (senior), third runner up, P30,000; and Isaiah Tapales Elementary School (junior) and Sumulong National High School (senior), fourth runner up, P20,000.
The event was staged by city government of Antipolo under the leadership of Mayor Casimiro “Jun” Ynares III as part of the city’s annual Christmas festivities.
Special guest former MMDA chairman and now political adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte, Francis Tolentino gave a brief speech commending the city government of Antipolo for initiating such an event for the students of the city. Kenji Norie, a representative of the Filipino- Japanese Friendship in Antipolo City joined the event and stayed until the awarding ceremony. Norie promised to raise next year’s prize money to P200,000 and encouraged the students work harder and do better.
With themes inspired by local and international movies as well as reference to pop culture, performances ranged from the classic Dekada Sisenta, Sound of Music and Zorro, to all-time favorites like Star Wars, Twilight and many more which kept the audience off their seats.
Antipolenos once again showcased the talent and creativity that they’ve always been known for.
Masters of Ceremonies, Lloyd Libutan and Dodie Coronado declared the winners of the intense and spirited battle for supremacy.