Three students of Cavite NHS emerged victorious in the recently concluded Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition 2017 (HCCDC) which was held on July 21-23.

Joseph Alvarez and Krisha Joy Ancajas from the Grade 12 Arts and Design Track for the contemporary/duo category, and Clarence Barrera from Grade 9 Special Program for the Arts in the classical ballet bested other students from Southeast Asia in the competition.

“Isa po itong magandang opportunity to represent the Division of Cavite City and the country, at napakasaya po namin na nabigyan po namin ng karangalan ang aming paaralan,” Ancajas expressed.

The three students were handpicked by SPA Artistic Director Brezhnev DJ. Larlar to represent the country in the said competition primarily because of their skills, hard work, and artistry.

It has been an unwavering dedication of the City Division of Cavite to continuously hone the talents and skills of gifted students through the Special Program for the Arts ever since its establishment in  2011.

Ancajas and Alvarez got the highest distinction when they were recognized with the gold cup for Best Performance in Contemporary/Duo with their interpretation of “Eagle’s Cartwheel (Mating).” Their number was choreographed by Teatro Baile de Cavite standout Rosemerine C. Domingo while Clarence Barrera, coached by Brezhnev Larlar, bagged silver for his solo act “Satanell” in the Classical Ballet category.

Out of the many students from 10 cities in Southeast Asia, the three were victorious because of their complete focus for five full months of strict and rigid training.

“Kasama na po sa mga challenges na kinaharap namin ‘yung hindi kami allowed na mag-blockings on stage, tapos ‘yung gap ng age namin sa ibang mga contestants kasi mas matatanda po sa’min, at lahat ay magagaling. Kasama na din yung first time naming lumaban internationally. Pero as partners, tiwala lang sa isa’t-isa plus maganda din yung mga technique na tinuro samin nung training namin,” Ancajas explained.

The students were very thankful for the encouragement given by their relatives, friends and the entire Cavite NHS family headed by School Principal Augusto D. Ferma Jr. who has given his all-out support right from the very beginning.

SDS Celedonio Balderas Jr. and ASDS Edgardo Militante personally congratulated the talented dancers and expressed their overwhelming joy in their win during their courtesy call held last July 25.

The team was accompanied by Daisy B. Bautista, Head Teacher VI in charge of the Special Program for the Arts.

HCCDC is an international dance competition organized by the Inspired Dance Company which aims to promote dance culture and to provide a platform and experience for young dancers and professionals. (Allan A. Balud, Teacher II, Cavite NHS)