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Once again, our local talents have made a remarkable achievement that is recognized worldwide! 

A team of four students from Keningau Vocational College in Sabah have emerged as storytelling champions of “Paints of The Spanish Sun”, an international arts festival based in Spain on 1 September 2021.

The team consisting of Aldiedianie Alexander, Dedryana Alessha Vitalis, Abbeylala Atirah Leminit and Beatrice Verus won first place in the competition organized by the European Association of Folklore Festivals.

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According to Sabah Post, the team members, all of whom are currently pursuing their tertiary studies in Early Childhood Education, had sent their storytelling video online to the festival. In the video entitled “Sabah Folklore“, the team told their respective folklore stories individually. Each story carries the background and cultural tales from Sabah.

Here are their award-winning folklore stories;


Three Boys & The Tombiruo by Aldiediane Alexander

Aldiediane Alexander tells the mythical story about a forest keeper known as The Tombiruo, who protects the place from all kinds of threats.



Grandma Lampikut The Healer by Dedryana Alessha Vitalis

Told by Dedryana Alessha Vitalis, this folklore tale centres around the Bobolian, which means shaman in the Dusun language.



Mondowoi by Abbeylala Atirah Leminit

This story revolves around a giant called ‘Mondowoi’ who loves helping the villagers with their daily routines.



The Misasawo & Hinava by Beatrice Verus

Beatrice Verus tells the story of a married couple who await their firstborn.



Previously, Aldiediane had also participated in a Russian Festival ‘Friends In Moscow’, where she teamed up with another member by making a puppet show video, entitled Soyang.

For that, both of them were awarded an excellent diploma by the Northern Rainbow Cultural Unity, based in Moscow, reported Sabah News Kini.

Puppet Show 1


Not only that, but their video also achieved the third highest votes from the public.

We’re so proud of these Malaysians for showcasing our cultural elements on a worldwide stage. Well done ladies!

What do you think of this? Let us know in the comments below.


Also read: These M’sian Students Invented An Award Winning Device That Makes Ocean Water Drinkable!

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