By Kezia Grace Jungco
Strong winds and a chance of rain did not stop hundreds of people of Los Baños to watch the 12th Himigsikan: Battle of the Bands last September 21 at the Paciano Rizal Park.
The band “New Veins” won over the eight bands from different parts of Los Baños, Laguna which competed this year. “Dark Brown Tribe” placed second and “Nikita” placed third.
The bands played different song genres such as Pop, RnB, Rock, and Reggae.
According to Cheryl Laviña-Gonzales, events chair, the Himigsikan this year was exclusive for Los Baños residents only. Yet, many still auditioned for the competition.
“Isa nga sa mga challenges na hinarap namin ay ang dami ng mga gustong sumali. Tapos na kami ng screening, marami pang gustong sumali,” said Gonzales.
“Siyempre, gusto naman naming mas maraming makapag-participate kaya ginawa namin ang aming makakaya para ma-accomodate lahat,” she added.
The winners received trophies, certificates, cash, and scholarship from sponsors. They were also the highlight of Grand Revelry, the culminating activity of Bañamos Festival 2013 held at the New Municipal Hall, Barangay Timugan on September 22.
“Succesful ang event dahil nagtulong-tulong lahat. Saka suportado ni Mayor [Perez] lahat ng request,” mentioned Gonzales.
Himigsikan, which was established alongside with the Bañamos Festival 12 years ago, continues its tradition to celebrate music and talents of the people of Los Baños.