Costanilla: Puppeteers could add color to the Sugat festival

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By Sam Costanilla


Sunday, April 27, 2014

SUCCESSFUL. We saw and felt the highly successful staging of this year’s Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival in the municipality of Minglanilla in celebration of Christ’s resurrection last Easter Sunday. We commend Mayor Lani Peña, Vice Mayor Jojo Selma and the rest of the town leaders and officials for joining hands to make sure that the festival would be another smashing success. Mind you, it is now the 10th year of the colorful festival, which features annual street dancing and ritual/showdown competitions.

Attraction. The Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival, since its birth in 2004, has become a major tourist attraction in Minglanilla and we appreciate its leaders for sustaining it as a yearly event. We should also give our two thumbs up to overall director Victor Hao Cuenco and his production staff for a job well done. His meticulousness and passion to go into details in all events he directs should inspire other festival organizers and directors to emulate him and his style in managing and executing them.

Artistry. On the artistic aspect of the entire Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival, we have also observed the major improvement that all the participating contingents have displayed.


The dancers represented the different public and private schools in Minglanilla. Based our observation, having been the festival’s emcee for 10 consecutive years now, the contingents have truly improved a lot in terms of overall production, so as a public presentation, the festival is a showcase of world-class talent which Minglanilla has a surplus of.

Suggestion. We also suggested to Cuenco that next year, he should also invite puppeteers as contestants to add color to the festival, aside from the usual higante entries. But will we see the participation of non-Minglanilla dancing contingents next year? If the municipality allows it, then we will start to witness a grander and bigger Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival 2015.

Vow. Elsewhere, the Inayawan St. Augustine de Hippo Chapel Association (established last year) staged last March 18 what its leaders vowed to be a yearly Good Friday event. Dr. Librado Macaraya Jr. and his co-officers deserve our encouragement so that they will continue to implement other worthwhile activities. Another Inayawnon, Doy Montaña, one of Cebu’s top composers/musical arrangers, superbly conducted the association choir during the Siete Palabras. Kudos to them!

Entries. We encourage local composers to start preparing their entries to next year’s Cebu Popular Music Festival. The genres are R & B, ballad and rock.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 28, 2014.


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