By Joeylen A. Dela Cruz
After showcasing their best dance moves, Dumaguete’s Pride emerged third during the grand finals of the top-rating noontime television show It’s Showtime.
The dance group is Dumaguete City’s representative to the reality talent show with dancers from the Skip Dance Crew, Kabilin Dance Troupe, and the Tightbeat Crew of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU).
Dumaguete’s Pride Trainer Jerome Culanag said that he is happy and thankful with the result even though they were not hailed as the champion and that the city government of Dumaguete, with Congresswoman Jocelyn Limkaichong and NORSU President Henry A. Sojor, aided them financially.
To note, the dance group made its way to the top by winning the daily and weekly eliminations where the remote performances were held inside the university gymnasium.
“The experience was great and it taught us to be more responsible, patient and respectful towards our teammates,” Culanag shared.
Meanwhile, performing with them live in the remote during the grand-finals were The Most Wanted Crew, New Born Crew, Silent Crew, Sole Extreme Crew, Kids Supremacy Dance Crew, Teenage Crew, School Boys, Skip Dance Crew, Kabilin Dance Troupe, Street Dance Crew and other Dumagueteños.
City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. opined that the group did their best in the competition. Though Dumaguete’s Pride did not win the Grand Champion title, Maquiling said that they “are still the champion for me.”
Mariz Cellona, a sophomore Bachelor of Mass Communication student said that she is contented with the result since it was adjudged fairly.
Moreover, sophomore Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student Shienna April Fausto shared that she is proud of Dumaguete’s Pride for giving another name for NORSU in the national level.
Two of the remote performers, Steffany Cox and Jexter Majan, expressed their gratitude to all the people who supported them all throughout the practice. The two disclosed that the hectic schedules of their practices did not hinder them from obtaining the 3rd spot.