Fifteen drum and bugle corps in Visayas and Mindanao had already confirmed their participation in this yearâ€™s Alturas Drum & Bugle Corps Showdown, scheduled at the CPG Sports Complex, this coming November 21, in time for the 30th Anniversary of Alturas Mall on November 24.
According to the Project Director, Mr. Ariel Fullido of the Alturas PR & Marketing Department, entries are still accepted until the deadline on Tuesday, November 3.
Listed in alphabetical order, the participating contingents in three categories are Category A â€“ 16-time champion Bohol Island State University (BISU)â€“Main Campus, Tagbilaran City; 2-time defending champion Davao Blue Eagle Marching Band, Davao City; last yearâ€™s 2nd Runner-Up Geronima Cabrera Natâ€™l High School, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte; a first-timer and one of Eastern Visayasâ€™ best and finest drum corps, Naval State University (NSU), Naval, Biliran; and Tres San Miguel, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; Category B – Nahawan Natâ€™l High School, Clarin, Bohol; defending champion Mayuga Natâ€™l High School, Guindulman, Bohol; and last yearâ€™s 2nd Runner-Up Sandingan Natâ€™l High School, Loon, Bohol; and Category C â€“ first-timer Bagumbayan Elem. School, Pilar, Bohol; last yearâ€™s 2nd Runner-Up Bonbon Elem. School, Clarin, Bohol; first-timer La Victoria Elem. School, Valencia, Bohol; defending champion Manga Elem. School, Tagb. City; first-timer Mayuga Elem. School, Guindulman, Bohol; first-timer Nahawan Elem. School; Clarin, Bohol; and last yearâ€™s 1st Runner-Up Ubay Central Elem. School.
More than a million pesos of cash prizes and allowances are given away in this year’s Showdown. The prizes to be awarded are Category A: Champion, P100,000 plus trophy; 1st Runner-Up, P70,000 plus trophy; 2nd Runner-Up, P50,000 plus trophy; Category B: Champion, P80,000 plus trophy; 1st Runner-Up, P60,000 plus trophy; 2nd Runner-Up, P40,000 plus trophy; Category C: Champion, P80,000 plus trophy; 1st Runner-Up, P60,000 plus trophy; 2nd Runner-Up, P40,000 plus trophy.
A P3,000 plus trophy will also be awarded to the drum corps in each category adjudged as Best in Production Design, Best in Instrumentation, Best in Choreography, and Best in Rhythm and Dynamics. For all categories combined, a cash prize of P1,000 plus trophy is awarded to the Best in Uniform, Best in Discipline, Best in Parade Impact, Best Corps Major, Best Corps Majorette, Darling of the Crowd, Best in Entertainment, Most Colorful Corps, Best in Boholano Ambience, Best in Synchronization, Best in Jingle, and Miss Alturas Showdown.
In addition, handsome trophies are awarded to the Liveliest Corps, Most Elegant, Best in Projection, Most Promising Neophyte, Neophyte of the Year, Most Impressive Neophyte, and Most Inspiring Corps.
Dubbed as the â€œGreatest Show in Townâ€, the Alturas Showdown pits the best and the finest drum corps in Visayas and Mindanao. In recent years, contingents from General Santos City, Zamboanga del Norte, Davao, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Biliran Province, and Leyte had already participated in the Showdown. It is one of the most awaited events of the year in the Province of Bohol.