CIS marks family day, holds Sinulog sa Kabataan

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

CEBUANOS, young and old, waited for the third Sunday of January to celebrate one of the most joyous festivals in the country–Sinulog.

As the celebration gets grander year after year, not only has it lately been anticipated by the entire Philippines, but also by the rest of the world.

This is proven by the Cebu International School (CIS) as they celebrated a Sinulog Family Day last Jan. 11.


Now on its sixth year of having it themed after the local religious festival, CIS hosted for the first time a Sinulog sa Kabataan competition with four different contingents from schools all over Cebu City.

“This competition is our way of extending to the local communities. A lot of them are going out of their way to look for sponsors in order to join the grand mardi gras, and this is the very best way we can think of to help them out,” said CIS receptionist and administration assistant Ella Almario-Ebrado.

Coming out as the champion of the pack was Banilad Elementary School with an under the sea-inspired choreography.

“For the visual aspect, the colors are so vibrant and it reflects a lot of the Cebuano culture. At the same time, the upbeat music draws everyone to dance along,” said CIS Student Council president Hye Rhin Kwon.

Bagging the second place was Quiot Elementary School followed by the Cebu City Don Carlos A. Gothong Elementary School, and Ramon Duterte Night High School.

CIS’s Sinulog sa Kabataan competition was also graced by some of the industry’s highly accredited judges, namely, Sinulog Foundation Inc. executive director Ricky Ballesteros as the chairman of the board, and executive council member of national committee on dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts engineer Junjet Primor, executive director of Cebu City Tourism Cinbeth Orellano and a member of Dancesport Team Cebu City Ryla Obiso as the panelists.

The entire celebration kicked off with an early morning zumba followed by a series of Pinoy games, like kadang-kadang sa Bao, limbo, and luksong sako participated by the students and their families.

And when asked about what they loved most about Sinulog, a high school senior student Ann-Sophie Miller answered, “I really love the spirit Filipinos have. Things like the earthquake and the typhoon happened and they still find ways to lift themselves up.

That’s the same thing that I see during Sinulog.” Jayneil Louise Enriquez, STC Mass Comm Intern

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 27, 2014.


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