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Bishop Anstey/Trinity East junior parang champions again
Bishop Anstey/Trinity East gave a rousing performance to emerge champions for the second consecutive year in the secondary schools division of the bpTT-sponsored National Junior Parang Festival 2010, which took place at the Chaguanas North Secondary School last weekend. Dressed in eye-catching gold and green outfits, the group thrilled both judges and an overflowing audience with their superb rendition of their two tunes, La Dedicacion and a parang medley, scoring 184 points.Their accomplished lead singers were Kenika Quash, and Letitia Andrews, with teacher Marvin Bethelmy as musical director.
Runners-up were St Augustine Girls’ High School, one of the crowd favourites, who scored 175 points with their performance of Maria Bendita and Dulce Parranda.Sacred Heart Boys’ RC of Port -of-Spain sang their way to the title in the primary schools category, earning 176.5 points with their tunes, El Angel Gabriel and Anda Parandero. Singing Cantanto Alegria and Ave Oh Maria, Basseterre RC placed second with 170.5 points. A total of 23 schools took part in the primary schools division on November 27, while 21 secondary schools competed on November 28. Energy company bpTT has partnered with the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT), in staging the National Junior Parang Festival for the past 20 years. The theme for this year’s edition was Es el Amor. Representing bpTT at the festival were Rupert Mends, senior advisor, Markets, and Joann Carrington, brand/advertising advisor.
They pointed out that bpTT was a great supporter of the country’s arts and culture, with involvement in initiatives like pan tuning, pan arranging and pan construction. “Parang is an intrinsic part of the Trinidad and Tobago culture, part of our rich heritage and what is happening this weekend is a celebration of our past, and the assurance that this tradition is being passed on from generation to generation,” Mends noted. NPATT President, Richard Mendez, said the festival presented a great opportunity for the development of Spanish as a second language in T&T. He praised bpTT for its longstanding support of the festival, which has grown tremendously since its inception.
Judges for the festival were Junior Howell, Freddie Luces, Francesca Allard, and Sharlene Flores. Founding member of the National Junior Parang Festival, Cynthia Ross, was honoured for her sterling contribution in keeping the event alive and her dedication to the art form. Creating a stir among the festive crowd were the legendary Lara Brothers, one of the oldest parang groups in the country, and a founding member of NPATT. Lead singer and group leader, Willie Lara, the only surviving member, was presented with a token for his longstanding dedication to the musical genre.
Results of the bpTT-sponsored National Junior Parang Festival 2010.
1st—Bishop Anstey/Trinity East—184 points;
2nd—St Augustine Girls’ High —175 points;
3rd—South East Secondary Port-of-Spain—173 points;
4th—Arima North Secondary—169 points;
5th—St Joseph’s Convent (St Joseph)—166 points;
6th—Holy Name Convent (Port-of-Spain)—164 points.
Best Musical Presentation—Bishop Anstey/Trinity East;
Best Stage Presentation—Bishop Anstey/Trinity East;
Best Costumed Band—St Augustine Girls’ High.
Best Lead Vocalist (Female)—Haleigh Lopez (St Joseph’s Convent).
Best Lead Vocalist (Male)—Michael Besson (Holy Cross College).
Best Chorus Rendition—Bishop Anstey/Trinity East.
1st—Sacred Heart Boys’ RC—176.5 points;
2nd—Basseterre RC—170.5 points;
3rd—Malabar Government—167.5 points;
4th—Newtown Boys’ RC and St Joseph’s Girls’ RC (tied)—164 points; 6th—Caparo RC and Arima Girls RC (tied)—160 points.
Best Musical Presentation—Sacred Heart Boys’ RC;
Best Stage Presentation—Cap de Ville Government;
Best Costumed Band—Caparo RC.
Best Lead Vocalist (Female)—Stockvst Lee (St Joseph Girls’ RC);
Best Lead Vocalist (Male)— Nicholas Lucas (Basseterre RCV);
Best Chorus Rendition—St Joseph’s Girls RC.
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