On its 6th year, street dancing competition again highlighted the 2013 Corn Festival of Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan. Sto. Tomas is the smallest town of Pangasinan having a land area of 1,429 hectares. Farming is the main source of livelihood and the main product of the town is corn, glutinous and yellow, which made way for the birth of the festival in 2008 as the town celebrates its centennial anniversary. In that year, they got the Guinness World Record certificate for the longest barbecue where residents grilled 93,540 glutinous corn on the 1,559 meters long grills traversing its 10 barangays. Santo Tomas’ longest barbecue record beat the previous record of 1,493.2 meters set in Montevideo, Uruguay (grilled red meat).
The street dancing competition is being joined by the elementary and secondary schools of the town. This year, the competition had 2 categories: 2 secondary schools competing in the High School category while 4 elementary schools for the Elementary category.
The different competing teams showed their best and wit to grab the champion tilt. Colorful costumes and props made from indigenous materials also added a pleasing look to their performances. The San Antonio National High School defended their title as the champion of the High School category while the Ernesting Gonzales Central School who won the title way back in 2011 emerged as the winner of the Elementary Category.
Highlights of the performances of the different tribes are shown below:
Corn Festival in Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan is being celebrated every third week of March.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take a Victory Liner bus going to Baguio City or Dagupan and tell the conductor to drop you in SM Rosales. Fare is around 300 and travel time is 4 to 5 hours. From SM Rosales, take a tricycle ride to Sto. Tomas, the fare is 20 pesos.