“The concept and how they (the contingents) interpret it into a dance forum.” This, according to Dolly Suzara, the project director of the Sinulog Foundation, Inc (SFI), is what makes a contingent get the nod of the judges.
Be it in the Sinulog-Based category or Free Interpretation, Suzara said that a contingent must be able to flawlessly execute their concept, meaning everything in their performance must jive from the concept, to the costume, music and dance moves. “Everything must be in harmony.”
She added that the dance steps must be in harmony with the concept. “They can use foreign steps provided it is in harmony with their concept.”
Suzara said that contingents must be mindful of the category that they are competing in. “Some contingents in the Free Interpretation category do a Sinulog-Based performance and that will not sit well with the judges.”
Sinulog-Based must have the theme pertaining to Filipino tradition while in the Free Interpretation, a contingent can interpret their homage to the Sto. Nino in any way they can.
There are 17 judges for the Grand Parade alone, five for each category and seven for the street dancing.
According to Suzara these judges all come from Manila and are members of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.