Everybody dance now! UAE's Watawat won $3,000 prize in Filipino TV talent contest

Everybody dance now! UAE's Watawat won $3,000 prize in Filipino TV talent contest
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Published June 13th, 2013 - 08:10 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Watawat dance crew (Photo from the crew's Facebook page)
Watawat dance crew (Photo from the crew's Facebook page)
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Jan Christian
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Limuel Arias
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Carlo Santos
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Neil Basihan
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Mitchel Carlo Santos

UAE-based dance crew Watawat grabbed the second runner-up place in a regional Filipino TV talent contest.

The five-member dance crew netted a $3,000 prize in the ‘Talentadong Pinoy Middle East’ competition.

“It was great that we became second runner-up, but I was expecting to be first runner-up,” said Mitchel Carlo Santos, a member of the dance crew.

Santos, a professional dancer and choreographer, has been living in the UAE for the past five years. He added: “Through this competition, I wanted to show that next to our work we can also do some of the things that we love while living in the UAE.”

Haji Castor, another crew member, who is an electrical engineer, said it was an honour to be part of the competition. “We all have other jobs during the day and some of us are family men so we hardly had any time to practice,” he said.

He said they only had a couple of hours over three days to fine-tune the routine that bagged them the prize.

Watawat - named after the pledge of allegiance to the Filipino national flag - also comprises Limuel Arias, Neil Basihan and Jan Christian.

The men are not new to winning competitions. In 2009 they became grand champions of the CodeH2 international dance contest, and in 2011 they won the ‘Kabayan It’s Showtime Competition’, a popular talent contest in the Philippines.

Talentadong Pinoy is one of the most famous talent shows on Filipino television. It is showcased exclusively on OSN’s Kapatid TV5 channel.

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