[Shown at LEFT is the LEGIT STATUS DANCE TEAM; while shown at RIGHT is the ALLIANCE DANCE TEAM, two (2) hiphop teams who will represent the Philippines in the 2017 WORLD HIPHOP INTERNATIONAL CONTEST to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on August 6-12, 2017 at the ARIZONA GRAND RESORT & SPA. LET US ALL PRAY THAT THEY BRING HOME THE GOLD! The ALLIANCE Team will compete in the MEGA CREW DIVISION; while the LEGIT STATUS Team will compete in both the MEGA CREW and the VARSITY Divisions.]
When my daughter campaigned for a win at the WHHI 1,
It was a challenge that I cannot DENY2;
I was sort of AWAKENED that they’ll be dancing on WORLD STAGE,
It was something that I would want to be referred to a SEER3 and a SAGE4!
But as their team was then merely a NOVICE in international ARENA,
‘Twas a bit sure that I’ll not as yet jump with JOY like a HYENA5;
But I did have to work like a tireless CARABAO6,
To insure that they’ll not turn into a miserable C.O.W.7!
But as it turned out and as it is NOW,
They’ve become an ubiquitous presence…oh WOW!
They have made it as a yearly summer DESTINATION,
As though they’ve been lured with enticing LOVE POTION!
Still aspiring for more TERPSICHORE MOTION!
They’ve even invaded the DOWN UNDER NATION,
It was in Sydney in SEPTEMBER of LAST YEAR,
We were sheltered by my FIRST COUSIN8, who’s so LOVELY & DEAR!
But PRAYERS indeed would be the BEST,
It would bring the TEAMS unto their BEATINEST9!
Indeed however, the SUPPORT is most IMPORTANT,
That would embolden them to dance with a courageous STUNT!
But with neither STUNT nor even a KRUMP10,
I still believe one of our TEAMs will be the CHAMP,
For the CHAMPIONSHIP spirit is imbedded in their PSYCHE,
Am sure their TEAM’s name will be hailed through the MIKE!
And as a DOTING FATHER & DEFENDER,
I have to ask KITH and KIN to become SUPPORTER;
For it is not just for their TEAM and their NAME,
It would also be an HONOR for our country just the SAME!
MABUHAY ANG BANSANG PILIPINAS! MABUHAY ANG LEGIT AT ALLIANCE!
[Legend: 1 – WORLD HIPHOP INTERNATIONAL CONTEST (“WHHI”) is an international hip-hop dance competition created in 2002 by Hip Hop International. Countries that have participated in the past are Dominican Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Chile, Italy, Mexico, France, Japan, Switzerland, Morocco, Philippines, United Kingdom, China, Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, India, Colombia, South Africa, Nigeria, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, Uruguay, Thailand and the United States of America. Starting in 2006, my daughter Shayna commenced their quest to snatch the GOLD at the WHHI when they first participated in the 2006 WHHI held in Los, Angeles, California. In 2012, the UP STREET DANCE TEAM using their team name as THE CREW won the CHAMPIONSHIP crown in the ADULT DIVISION. In 2013, the UP STREET DANCE Team was adjudged RUNNER-UP winner in the MEGA CREW Division.
2 – I was initially unsupportive of my daughter’s passion for DANCE of the HIPHOP genre as I was even asking Shayna to quit her affiliation with the UP STREET DANCE TEAM before as she would almost always be benighted coming from their daily/nightly training sessions. But when they told me that they will compete at the WHHI in 2006, my NON-SUPPORT turned into TOTAL SUPPORT.
3 – I was then compelled to seek the help of a SEER to check what were their chances into this first try at the WHHI; but I told myself that a DANCER-SAGE, one who is most skilled at dance of the HIPHOP genre, is the best guide that could spell a win for them. But I was unsuccessful to consult either a SEER or a SAGE.
4 – SAGE is used here to mean someone who is so skilled in HIPHOP DANCE.
5 – HYENA is used here to refer to the LAUGHING HYENA. The usage of the term HYENA is to impart the JOY that could have been achieved if Shayna’s team would have WON at their very first TRY.
6 – The CARABAO is considered as the most hard working work animal in the Philippines. And I was able to really work hard to mobilize my fraternity brothers in the PI OMICRON FRATERNITY to help in the logistics such as transport requirement, food and meals as well as moral support in terms of cheering and rooting. Principal among those brods who helped by coordinating the action were: Brod Monching Ramos and his wife Alice and Brod Lestie Lampiño.
7 – C.O.W. – I came up with this acronym to mean used CASUALTY OF WORLD HIPHOP. But they never became a C.O.W., as they, my daughters: Shayna as well as Cheska (both being members of the UP STREET DANCE TEAM), became a yearly fixture (particularly the UP STREET DANCE TEAM; thence the LEGIT STATUS and ALLIANCE) in the WHHI.
8 – The FIRST COUSIN I am referring to who is based in SYDNEY is the beautiful and bongacious ARLENE “BETH” LLORCA LEVER, married to his debonair Aussie hubby, STEVE LEVER.
9 – BEATINEST is an adjective which connotes reaching the most unusual and remarkable level of dancing skills.
10 – KRUMP is a difficult hiphop dance move which entails the fine art of KRUMPING via a dance move of putting the hands up, arching the back and pushing hips forward in a gyrating dance movement.]
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I am a litigation lawyer in the Philippines and a graduate of the UP College of Law. I am married to a culinary chef, my wife Criselda, endearingly called as Dang, who is now preparing her masteral thesis at UP; and have four (4) children: three (3) daughters (i.e. Shayna, a UP Masscom grad; Cheska, a UP Visual Arts grad; and, Alee who is a Grade 12 student at Miriam High) who are all passionate advocates of the hiphop culture particularly the dance genre (i.e. regular participants in the annual World Hiphop International Dance Competitions in the US) and one (1) son (i.e. Anthony who is an Ateneo graduate in European Studies) who lustily plays the guitar and the electronic drums.
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