"Pandanggitab" of Mindoro is a variety of the popular "Pandanggo sa Ilaw" of the Tagalogs in Luzon. The word came from the combination of the words "Pandanggo" and "Dagitab" (Flicker). This dance depicts the life of the fisherfolk of the province whose main source of income is through fishing.
Every year, the government of the Province of Oriental Mindoro sponsors the festival in order to promote tourism in the province.
Different contenders from different municipalities in the province contend to win the grand prize and for the slot to represent the province in the ALIWAN Festival held in Manila.
This year's competition was a really tough one. Every team did their best in order to win, but only one prevailed.
Jose J. Leido Jr. Memorial National Highschool's Pandanggitab Dancers and Fire Dancers won the first place and the chance to represent the province in the upcoming ALIWAN Festival 2012. Different to the other teams, they had a live band, headed by their teacher, Sir Najib; the school's Banda Kawayan, Rondalla and Brass Band.
"We've put our 101% on it", says one dancer of the winning team. "We practice practically everyday in order to win this".