The Divisoria Elementary School drum and lyre corps romped away with the grand prize of P20, 000 in the 2008 Drum and Lyre competition held Monday as part of the city’s tourism week celebration.
No less than Mayor Celso Lobregat, along with some members of the City Council handed over the cash prize and trophy to the winning team.
Lobregat expressed elation over the enthusiasm and sportsmanship of the participating schools and urged other schools to also join the fray in future competitions.
Reden Ariston, Divisoria’s trainer also went home with P3, 000 as he was automatically named as the best trainer during the 3-hour competition.
A total of 8 elementary schools, mostly located in the far flung barangays vied for the title which was earlier held by the Boalan Elementary School.
Boalan this year landed second, with P15,000 cash prize and a trophy.
Third place winner was the Sta. Maria Elementary School with a cash prize of P13, 000 and a trophy; 4th was the Lunzuran Elementary School with a cash prize of P11, 000 and a trophy and 5th was the San Roque Elementary School with a cash prize of P9, 000 and a trophy.
Non-winners received consolation prizes, these were the Ayala Central School, Sangali Elementary School and the Zamboanga City West Central School.
The 2008 Drum and Lyre competition was one of the three activities organized by the City Tourism Division under the Office of the Mayor for the Tourism Week observance from Sept. 20-27 and themed “Tourism: Responding to the challenge of climate change”.
The other activities held included the “Ayuda Limpiesa” a massive clean up of the market, Cawa-cawa boulevard and coastal areas last Sunday and the Libre Paseo, a free educational tour for secondary and elementary schools located in far flung barangays.
The drum and lyre tilt, now on its 9th year, was initiated by the City Tourism Division under the office of Mayor Lobregat. — Sheila Covarrubias