On the other hand, Tribu Buyoganon failed to defend its title as The Land of Beauty and Bounty contingent from Lanao Del Norte took home the crown in the Free Interpretation category. But, the contingent from Abuyog, Leyte did not go home empty-handed as they snatched the street dancing category crown from Lumad Basakanon, the winner last year. Tribu Basakanon was placed fifth in this category.
Each of the winners in the three categories took home P1 million.
The performance of Lanao Del Norte was described by Nestor Jardin as laudable.Jardin was the overall chairman of the judges for the free interpretation category. He added that the contingent was able to sustain their energy throughout the event while they had an exemplary production design. Jardin also said the choreography was well-synchronized with the props they used.
On the other hand, the decision to give the top prize to Tangub City in the Sinulog-based category was unanimous, according to the chairman of the panel of judges Josefina Guillen. She said the contingent highlight the appropriate places.
Tribu Katbalaugan, Buyogan Festival-Tribu Buyoganon, Tribu Himag-ulaw and Lumad Basakanon rounded up the top five palces in the free interpretation category. While Carcar City Division, Tangub City Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, Pundok sa Kabataang Mananayaw sa Danao City, and Municipality of Tuburan placed second to fifth respectively in the Sinulog-based category.
The other winners in the street dancing competition were the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, Kulturang Placereño, Carcar City Division and Lumad Basakanon.