Do you know that on the evening of that fateful Sunday in December 2008 when the whole country was raving over Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Oscar dela Hoya in Las Vegas, USA, another group of “generals” was also fighting brilliantly in their own battlegrounds in Sydney, Australia and later taking home the Silver?
The group – the EXQUIZYTH Dancers, General Santos City’s top hip-hop artists who were representing the Philippines at the 5th World Supremacy Battlegrounds (Hip-Hop Dance Competition) at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in Sydney, Australia.
The Exquizyth Dancers during their courtesy call on Mayor Jun Acharon, a week after their victory in Sydney, Australia.
The Exquizyth Dancers, all 16 of them including manager Richie Mulders arrived at Sydney two days ahead of the date of the competition and were mobbed by fellow Pinoys and Fil-Australians everywhere they went. The Pinoy factor was crucial during the competiton since they provided the GenSan hip-hop performers with the morale support by way of their presence and collective cheers.
Making their trip to Sydney a reality were assistance from various groups such as GenSan Mayor Jun Acharon and the local government, Congresswoman Darlene Custodio, former Mayor Adelbert Antonino, Barangay San Isidro Captain Renato Salangsang and other generous generals.
Below is the video of performance of the Exquizyth Dancers.
In the end, however, Auckland, New Zealand’s SWEET & SOUR, captured the prestigious Open crown while Australia’s PSYKE! placed third overall to gain the bronze. Not bad though since 32 groups competed for the championships.
Below are the actual results of the competition.
WORLD SUPREMACY BATTLEGROUNDS HIPHOP DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec 7 2008 Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
1. SWEET & SOUR (New Zealand)
2. EXQUIZYTH (Philippines)
3. PSYKE! (Australia – NSW)
4. FEARLESS (New Zealand)
5. DVP (Australia – VIC)
6. TMC (New Zealand)
7. CLOCKWORK (Australia – QLD)
8. ELECOLDXHOT (Singapore-Malaysia)
9. DEJA (Australia – NSW)
10. ALPHA DELINKWENTZ (Australia – VIC)
11. Odyssey (New Zealand)
12. Reborn (New Zealand)
13. Infinite Dance Crew (New Zealand)
14. Dance Central (Australia – ACT)
15. Celcius (Australia – NSW)
16. Unbreakables (Australia – WA)
17. Vikings (Australia – VIC)
18. KaLADYscope (New Zealand)
19. Trick Nasty (Australia – QLD)
20. Grand Jester (Australia – ACT)
21. XC!TE (Australia – WA)
22. Limited Edition (Australia – NSW)
23. Flava (Australia – SA)
24. Raw Flava (Australia – SA)
25. Bounce (Australia – QLD)
26. Lockdown (Australia – ACT)
27. Fresh Funk Flava (Australia – ACT)
28. Fresh Funk Force (Australia – ACT)
29. Chaotic Funk (Australia – NSW)
30. B3BOP CR3W (Australia – NSW)
31. Sweet (Australia – NSW)
32. Pure Funkstaz (Australia – SA)
Now, if you want to compare the Exquizyth with the declared Champion, New Zealand’s Sweet and Sour, watch first this video below of that group’s supposedly gold medal-winning performance. Then, tell the whole world what you think. 🙂
Sayang naman ng kanilang grupo,napakagaling nila.
Sana babalik sila ulit sa entamblado. and part sila sa nag contribute para tawagin ang Gensan na home of the champions.
@rees, tuluyan na yata silang nagkahiwa-hiwalay. Ang iba, nagpe-perform na sa ibang mga dance crews.
im proud to be filipino go exquizyth keep up the good work proud jud ko na ang exquizyth ni 2nd man lang ana jud ang life mga tol pero para sa amo kamo ang champion wala nay lain…sa way pag dapig gahe man jud kaayo ang exquizyth oie sa sayaw palang daan gne mka tindog na ug balahibo 🙂 hehehe kad2ng tad2x series dretso salto bah wala man ang sweet and sour atoh!!! oie hand stand lang man ila kaya dah!!! ka gahe sa mga taga gensan.. tanawa ang xb gensan ron gahe kaayo dli man jud mag palupig ang pilipno oie
busy po kasi ang ExQuizyth dancers,.others are stilL studying while the others nmn ay busy sa mga pamilya nila..
pero stilL sumasali pa din po cLa ng mga Competitions,.last oct.1,2010 nga lng ngcHampion ulit cla sa isang dance competition in koronadal.,and watch out coz they’lL be having their mindanaowide dance battle in davao this coming oct.17,.
thE exQuizyth dancers stiLL rocks..
ano na nangyari sa exquizyth bakit wala na nagparamdam?
[…] They will be joined by local artists Datu Prince, Kinetic Boyz, Experience Kids, Creepin’ Crew, the Corpillians and Internationally-acclaimed Hip-hop group, the Exquizyth Dancers. […]
Gensan’s Exquizyth – 2nd place Battlegrounds Australia 2008
Cagayan de Oro’s XTATIC – Champion Battlegrounds Australia 2007
Manila’s Phil.Allstars – Champion World Hip Hop championship U.S.A. 2008
Grabeeeh mga pinoy…ASTIG Talaga,,
keep it up… GOD BLESS TAYO LAHAT
the performance and the audience’s reaction just gave me goosebumps.. in a good way..
@bariles – San po sir during their ABS CBN contest? Sana nagkaroon man lang ng motorcade or streamer man lang around the city, though kung meron man hindi ko nakita.
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Tindog gud balahibo nko while watching the perfromance of EXQUIZYTH
DANCERS.. pero 2ng sa taga New Zealand wa jud tawon…HEHEHEHE
mas kusog bya ang audience impact na2 kay sa ilaha…heheheheh
di ba kuya avel?
@balong, korek! I don’t know why Sweet and Sour won. 🙁
@bryan tablazon – Tama jud na, kung wala Bariles Republic wa pud ta kabalo ani. Wala jud nako nadunggan sa ABS CBN, sila man unta nagpasikat sa exquizyth, basi naay nagkaconflict or unsa ba… Basta ako, before pa jud dili ko satisfied sa quality sa atong local ABS CBN station diri…
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@nate, I must have seen ABS socsargen feature them once after they won. Yun lang. 🙂
The bottomline is that the Exquizyth Dancers of Gensan, just like Manny Pacquiao, are world-class! Congratulations, Generals!
Everyone is invited to the Hinugyaw Festival of Koronadal City (Jan. 7-10, 2009). For the schedule of festivities see http://www.koronadal.gov.ph/
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Galing ng Exquizyth, Tunog na tunog na talaga ang General Santos City. . . Sayang sana sila ang champion. Sana next year taga Gensan pa rin representative ng Philippines…
Sa video sa 2:13 tatak Gensan yan..hehehe… kiddin…
I’m glad grabeh ang suporta dun sa AU sa mga dancers ng pinas.
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Sa walay pagdapigdapig lang guid no,…ay nakoh…kailangan pa bang i-memorize yahn?! 😀 layo ra gyud sa patad ang eskaBITCHe ambot ngano nadaug…naay magic siguro hahahaha
CONGRATULATIONS EXQUIZYTH!! AND MORE POWER!!! believe me, naniniwala sa inyo ang mas nakararami…Thanks for bringing honor to our city again. ;D
nganong wala lagi gina balita ang EXQUIZYTH sa mga T.V networks unta ila pud nang hatagan og pagtagad ui…pra ang iban na wla pa kabalita ila nang makit-an fake diay nang ABS-CBN oh…nga naa mn untay station dri unta ila pud unta nang hatagan og pagtagad……unta dunggon ang akong hiling whahahahahah……….
Congratsssss…..Wow huh…..grabe gyud mga tga GEnSan mga astig gyud wahaha….bisag asa dal-on champion …..im proud to be a GENERALS
I’ve watched the two performances and from all angles, I truly believed that GenSan’s Exquizyth should have taken the Champion’s trophy. Their routine was more electrifying and to think that they managed their synchronization well considering their number compared to the sour winners, well, kanya-kanyang taste yung mga judges siguro. BTW, that one-hand stand by the sour winners might have given them half a point advantage over the ‘generals’, say nyo?
Congrats Exquizyth Dancers… Were very proud of your success. maintain
Hurraaahhhh…to the excellent performers of GenSan!!! Bravissimi.. Our boys executed a rather much difficult act and movements. Kodus to the choreographers!!
But, I’d still accept the choice of the judges, Mr Bariles..
hehehehe…they (judges) were rather hooked to the precision and synchronized execution of the movements (however much simpler and ordinary) by the New Zealanders, compared to our hip-hoppers.
Anyhow, talaga maraming talents ang mga Filipinos na pwede’ng ipagmamalaki sa buong mundo!!!
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Ang galing, judging from the way the two groups performed, without bias being a Filipino, and a ka-general at that, mas magaling and mahirap nga ang dance routine ng Exquizyth, and they performed well ha, mas mabilis ang steps… mas okey talaga!
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Exquizyth performed a more difficult dance routine owing to the rather abundant number of flips and handsprings executed. However,I think Sweet and Sour’s number had a more urban and energetic feel to it. The footwork was excellent and their movements were more synchronized (maybe because they had fewer dancers compared to Exquizyth).
Still, I am so proud of Exquizyth. Lahi rajud ang GenSan basta sayaw na dah!!!
Btw, did any of the TV networks feature Exquizyth in one of their programs already? Just recently?
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proud to be a Filipino! and proud to be a GENERAL!
thnx for sharing. may ipagmamalaki na naman ako here in bangkok!
sikat nga ako nung nanalo si manny. ininterview ako about him, geeeeee,,,,,, as if kapitbahay ko c pacquiao.hehehe
thnx again. God bless po.
I have heard from Mr. Bebot Haw that there were rumors that a lot of those who witnessed the event thought that the judges had been biased in favor of the New Zealanders. The spectators really thought the Exquizyth desrved the top prize.
Kudos to our fellow southerners! Some of them are from Alabel. One of them was a classmate in grade school. I salute them and all those who are supporting them.
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hmm…hindi ko type iyong performance ng New Zealand..hindi siya solid, in fairness. Exquizyth should’ve been the gold winner!
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watched and compared the two groups, no doubt mas magaling ang pambato natin.
i think 50% ang audience impact kaya panalo ung taga NZ.
well anyway, placing 2nd among the many groups is still a great feat!
congrats ulit! cant wait to watch them live.
congrats Exquizyth! PADAYON!
Mr. Bariles! better late than never huh!HIHI
no place in this country is more proud of your achievements than GenSan!
Galing ng Generals…ang dami na nating awards and recognition…
if i may propose to our city officials to organize a special day every year to celebrate this city’s achievers…i could not imagine a day with exquizyth, manny pacquiao, philip nadela, etc. in one place in one big celebration…what do you think?
ung last part lng nung winner ung nagustuhan ko sa buong sayaw nila..hahaha
GenSan dancers rock!!!
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wow. bongga naman tong gensan team natin. congrats! 🙂
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