Last night, twelve starry-eyed boys left the port of Makar, Gensan onboard SuperFerry 2 to battle it out with at least thirty hip hop crews from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. They are gunning for the chance to represent the Philippines to the World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The Grand Finals of the Philippine Leg will be held at Crossroad 77, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City on October 24, 2009.
Gensan’s Intensity Boyz bested out more than twenty groups in the Mindanao Leg of Groove Philippines: World Supremacy Battlegrounds which was held in Pagadian City last September 26. They are among the top five groups (which included Cabadbaran’s Next Block, Gensan’s Experience Kids, Davao’s Bandila Fusion and Infinity Crew) who will showcase their dancing prowess and aim for the bragging rights of being called as the Philippines’ top hip hop crew for the World Supremacy Battlegrounds 2009.
This international dance competition started in Australia (in 2002) and was then called as Groove Australia. Their main objective was to provide an outlet for young people to express their energy on the dance floor. It was considered as the ultimate event for the savvy and younger audience – funkier, edgier and in-your face, bringing together the exciting world of dance with the street-smart urban culture. It was year 2006 when Groove’s popularity spread across the Tasman, New Zealand, Japan and the Philippines. It was renamed as World Supremacy Battlegrounds International Championships. Now on its 3rd year in the Philippines, Xtatic Crew from Cagayan de Oro was the first champion followed by Exquizyth Dance Group from General Santos City in 2008. Both groups represented Philippines on the World Supremacy Battlegrounds International Championships on Australia. Exquizth ended up as second-best. New Zealand’s Sweet & Sour crew won as the 2008 Grand Champion.
Gensan’s Intensity Boyz is considered to be the leading hip hop group in the city. They started as a group of young guys who shared the same passion for dancing. Through the years, crew members came and went but the group remained dedicated to their craft. Group Leader Russel Borbon believes that they are here to stay. “Maraming mga dancers ang nagmimithing makasali sa Intensity Boyz pero hindi lahat ay napipili,” Russel shares. It has been the group’s dream to compete in a nationwide competition. This is therefore the ultimate realization of their dream. Despite the difficulties in financing this trip, the group was able to overcome them – thanks to the generous support of the Generals. Gensan’s Intensity Boyz extends their heartfelt gratitude to the following: (1) Asia United Bank; (2) Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Fatima, Gensan; (3) Sangguniang Kabataan of Barangay Bula, Gensan; (4) Gensan Chamber of Commerce; (5) Madam Tess Napala of Gregoria Printers; (6) Madam Tess Pacheco of Planters Bank; (7) Robinson’s Place Gensan; ( 8) SuperFerry Gensan. Let’s all pray for the success of Gensan’s Intensity Boyz!