TOMORROW, IT’S TALAKUDONG DAY IN MY HOMETOWN
TOMORROW at sunrise when the City PNP strike the button, a loud ang long SIREN will disturb the full length and the entire width of the city poblacion. The siren signals the unfolding of TALAKAUDONG’s final beat – LUMBAYAG SA DALANON – the street dancing, the FINALE of over a month Talakudong Festival that began on August 3 every year.
Lumbayag sa Dalanon will surely bring boisterous sounds and outlandish street dancing of tribes. City folks and visitors alike would unwittingly find themselves shaking off their hips and shoulders to the beat of drums. Tourists too would perhaps be charmed of unsparing but choreographed display of headgears by the dancers.
PARTICIPATING TRIBES, like squirming worms will move and assemble at the city plaza half hour before the street dancing beats the thoroughfares. Just an imagination … how would the street dancers look- like and be dressed- like. Music and musicians – again in all exotic, antics and strange acoustics. The drummers forming like phalanx pushing or pulling cartful of drums not just an ordinary drums but redesigned empty oil drums. The sticks are no ordinary wooden stick but also redesigned scrap iron bars ball-headed with composite materials to produce hard-hitting beats and spound !
The headgears or the TALAKUDONG , would there still be elements of multi-sized, multi-colored, multi-fabric, multi-fashioned and multi-forms creation as originally meant. Creativity among the choreogrpahers and costume designers, I am certainly sure, would be at play with the fad.
TOMORROW THE MAIN THOROUGHFARES OF THE CITY WILL BE OVERFLOWING OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND SIZES. SPECTATORS, VIEWERS, TALAKUDONG FANS, TALAKUDONG FANATICS, TOURISTS – LOCALS AND FOREIGNERS. THERE WILL BE MOTHERS WITH A CHILD ON HER HIP, ONE TAGGING BEHIND HER SKIRT, OTHERS CLASPING HER HANDS – ALL RUSHING TO GET A PERFECT SPOT ON THE SHOULDER OF THOROUGHFARES READY TO CHEER OR JEER THE PASSING STREET DANCERS IN ALL SMILES AND PERSPIRATION CLEARLY SEEN THROUGH THE LIGHT OF HOT DAY SUN OR FALLING RAINS .
There will be lovers and friends too trying to look for a vantage point to have a VANTAGE VIEW of lumbayagers.
I am sure, my idol blogger, photographer, writer DOC REMO AGUILAR would be there with his powerful camera and handy note pad to shoot and record the best sides , the ups and downs of Talakudong Festival 2016.
Will there be shadows of Ike Saulog, Rudy Solomon, Gerry Magno and Vic Amborgo, the original choregraphers…then Petok dela Pena, Juaren Javier, Silubrico, Ochinang, Pilotos, Casador and Nelly Bragado !!!
The original MUSICIANS – Glenn Lazado, Ryan Umadhay, Val Gunay and Regie Runa . I hope they would be there too to listen to the new music. The first WITCH – Abbe Vittori and the firs GOLDEN MAN Anthony Elvas.
In an open stage fronting the SHOWDOWN AREA, I know my idol emcee ALAN FRENO would be behind the microphone to introduce the board of judges and to call out the number of appearance of SHOWDOWNERS. And Mayor LINA O. MONTILLA to greet and welcome everyone including the GUEST SPEAKER , perhaps, from the National Capital.
All, inside and outside the plaza , perspiring spectators continue to squeeze off the dripping sweats as they endure looking for a better space. Pop corn and talakudong peddlers pushing their way through thick and thin to sell their wares. But look alongside of the plaza fence are stalls of foods, beverages, drinks, men’s high balls, arts, crafts are abundant.
Yes, TOMORROW IS TALAKUDONG DAY IN MY HOMECITY.