High School Dance Team Wins Peace-themed Virtual Dance Competition

High school dance team, Indayaw Dance Company, from Taguig City won as the Grand Champion of
the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) Virtual Dance Competition for Peace during the final
deliberation held on July 7, 2022.

They received the cash prize of ₱50,000 and plaque during the
Turnover Ceremony held on July 25 at the HWPL Peace Room, Parañaque City Public Library.


Organized by the IPYG in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Manila Metro, the competition was
opened in March 2022 to Filipino youth dance groups of all genres to participate.


The finalists were determined through the judges’ deliberation and the scores collected on social
media posts in the preliminary round on July 1. In the final deliberation, the performances of the top
six finalists were showcased from all over the Philippines.

One of the essential evaluation factors of the final score was the ability to convey to viewers the role of youth in spreading a culture of peace.


Indayaw’s dance performance was inspired by recent global issues such as the ongoing war between
Russia and Ukraine. The performance started with a girl who slept disturbed with the news about
war.

Through an interpretative dance, they expressed chaos, poverty, and conflict over human rights
– the girl’s nightmare. Upon waking up, the girl starts to promote peace carrying the hope that one
day, there will be no more wars and the people will be united for the future generations. In the act,
they also incorporated a short poetry on peace and recited the 10 articles of the Declaration of
Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).


The group name “Indayaw” came from the Tagalog words “indak” and “sayaw” which both mean
‘dance’. The group of 25 students from Signal Village National High School, which performs different
types of dances such as folk, modern, and festival dance, had won championship awards in various
regional and divisional dance contests representing their school and hometown prior to the
competition.


“As the first-ever Champion of the IPYG Dance for Peace Virtual Competition, we promise to
continue promoting peace by listening, helping and being kind to each other. With that, there will be
peace in every human’s mind and this world will go on peacefully,” said Mr. Jason T. Digneneng, the
mentor of Indayaw Dance Company.


The judges of the event were Coach Lowell Tan of the UST Sinag Ballroom Dance Company, World of
Dance Philippines Choreographer for DanceSport, and Core Member and Educator at the Philippine
DanceSport Federation Academy; Lala Dinglasan, a choreographer and dancer; KP Morales, a
content creator and event graphic designer; and Genesis Uz Espina, a content creator and previous
performer.


Among the finalists are P-Squad Marawi who bagged the 1st Runner-up, Sining Timunato Dance and
Theater Collective as the 2nd Runner-up, Tha’ BC Illest Vibe as the 3rd Runner-up and Newbreedz as
the 4th Runner-up.


P-Squad Marawi moved the judges with their performance dedicated to the soldiers of the tragic
Marawi siege. The group previously competed on “It’s Showtime” and garnered full marks from the
judges during the weekly finals in 2019.

Indayaw Dance Company and P-Squad Marawi signed partnership through a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) and IPYG Affiliation during the Turnover Ceremony.

The three more finalists are yet to sign to become official “peace messengers” of IPYG. Through the partnership, the groups will regularly perform on the national and international events of IPYG and HWPL, and conduct
various activities to promote peace among the youths.


Moreover, guest performer, NEWSTYLE, a four-member Filipino Pop Rock boy band also performed
their debut single ‘Hanggang Sa Awit Na Lang’ during the intermission.

IPYG is a peace organization established by united youths whose purpose is to protect themselves
from threats brought by war and conflict around the world and to leave peace as a legacy for future
generations.

The organization’s vision is to cultivate a culture of peace and promote its values to all
corners of the world through active youth engagements. IPYG also focuses on the Youth
Empowerment Peace Workshop (YEPW), a youth consultation platform designed to solve the various
challenges the young people are faced with, and the Youth Empowerment Peace Class (YEPC) to solve
various problems that threaten the youth and the future of the global village.