“SAD-SAD”: COMPOSTELA’S WAY OF DEFINING ITSELF
by Pepot Garcia - PepotGarciaShares.com
The poetry behind the lives of the people of Compostela, Compostela Valley, showed in the motion, tools and colors of the street dancers, was a revelation connecting the dots of the town’s past to the present and of the future.
Under the heat of the burning sun, the dancers artistically and enthusiastically performed with lots of gusto just to tell everyone “Compostela Love Ko… Padayon sa Paglambo”, the banner theme of the 69th Araw ng Compostela and 11th Buganihan Festival.
Compostela is one of the sixteen municipalities of the province of Compostela Valley. Created on August 1, 1948 through Executive Order 156 signed by President Elpidio Quirino, Compostela has been a progressive and competitive town branded as the “Gateway to the East Coast” as it is one of the shortest way to the coastline municipalities of Boston, Cateel, Caraga and Bagangga of Davao Oriental.
Since 2007, along with the founding anniversary celebration, a festival of thanksgiving of food, resources, harvests and life of the people of Compostela has been a simultaneous attraction. It is known as Buganihan Festival.
From the start, a street dancing competition has been a major highlight. The contest started with a Filipino title “Indak-Indak”, later replaced with same meaning tag but in vernacular called “Sad-Sad”.
In the morning of July 31, 2017, “Sad-Sad” started with the parade of contingents from participating schools of Compostela, where sounds, sights and choreographed movements lighten up the day of the people aligned along the major thoroughfare of the Poblacion area. The contingents ended at the venue where their performances were judged.
The actual contest were performed through combinations of songs, music, dances and shouting prowess accessorized by custom-made props, backgrounds and tools. The show expressed well-intentioned interpretation of the stories of people, places, events, ideas and circumstances which gave living definition of what is meant to be called true-blooded “taga-Compostela”.
Each contingent had their piece, depicting a story-line, performed. The stories behind every performance revealed the lives, living conditions and means of livelihood of Compostela. While the end of every story favorably wins in favor of the people, the aimed results did not end up without challenges and catastrophes. And like happy endings in movies, where protagonist survives mishaps and trials, the people who makes history were ultimately the collective heroes.
All of the performances showed how the people of Compostela stood tall socially, economically, politically and culturally amidst the challenges of time, space, resources, disasters and adversities in the past. Thus, “Sad-Sad” was a capsulized meanings of what Compostela was in the past, what it is in the present and what it will be in the future.
Because “Sad-Sad” was a contest, winners were declared. Topping the five contingents was Compostela National High School, followed by San Miguel National High School, then Assumption Academy of Compostela, Compostela Christian School and Maparat National High School. As conceived, the top performer will represent Compostela in the next year’s Kadayawan Festival of Davao City.
By thousands in attendance, with festive and jubilant modes and atmosphere, “Sad-Sad” ended with absolute justification for the people to scream and howl “Compostela Love Ko!”