DAGUPAN CITY – The Zaratan Educational Institute, Inc. (ZEII) of Aguilar, Pangasinan was adjudged as winner after besting four other contingents during the Mayor Belen T. Fernandez drum and lyre competition held at the city plaza on December 19.

ZEII won a cash prize of P50,000, while Umingan Central National High School received P30,000 as first runner-up and San Nicolas High School received P20,000 as second runner-up.

Other contingents that participated in the competition were St. Philomena’s Academy and San Jacinto National High School. Both received P10,000 as consolation prize.

Meanwhile, exhibitions were performed by the Our Lady of Manaoag Marching Band and Dagupan City National High School Drum and Lyre Corps, the latter showcasing the musical instruments and costumes that were given by the city government.

Each performer was judged according to their tonal quality (musicality, clarity, blending and dynamics), performance (technique, style, mastery and coordination) and ensemble blocking and choreography.

They were judged by MAPEH Instructor Dino Estepa of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMSU) as chairman of the board, Department of Education (DepEd) Music coordinator and former National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation, Inc. (NAMCYA) Regional Winner Edlyn Jane Fabian Flores and former  International Music Teacher Edward Calica.

The Drum and Lyre Competition was one of the fiesta highlights in this year’s Dagupan fiesta. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)