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Apas National High School (shown above in a previous year's performance) will portray the revolution during the Spanish period and the eventual winning of Philippine Independence. (Photo by Alex Badayos)

Apas National High School

Second Place: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan secondary division
Other Awards: Best in Musicality

For this year's Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan and Grand Parade, Apas National High School goes back centuries in Philippine history.

Its dance portrays the revolution during the Spanish period and the eventual winning of Philippine Independence.

"Through prayers to and our deep veneration of the Señor Sto. Niño, we succeeded in defeating the Spaniards," said school principal Carmelita C. Bala, citing this is the central concept of the Apas contingent's presentation.

Among the school's props are the different flags related to that revolution, such as older versions of the country's current one as well as that of the revolutionary group KKK headed by Andres Bonifacio.

Large tarpaulins showing images of the country's heroes also feature in the contingent's presentation.

The group is mostly made up of third year and fourth year high school students. The number of dancers and props handlers combined exceed 300, said Bala.

Apas National High School is a consistent winner in the yearly Sinulog street dancing competitions.