It’s a show on Sinulog grand parade, rain or shine

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CEBU CITY -- If heavy rains will continue on Sunday (January 19, 2014) the street dancing part of the Sinulog Grand Parade might have to be cancelled, City Mayor Michael Rama said.

Rama and the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) will not postpone the celebration if bad weather continues.

Rama said he already suggested to the SFI to use the barangay gyms as alternative venues for the competitions.


“We cannot postpone it. We just have to pray for good weather during that day,” said Rama in his regular press conference Monday.

The contingents, like floats, higantes and puppeteers, usually join the street dancing on the carousel route before performing inside the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).

The gyms in Barangays Sawang Calero, San Nicolas and Tinago were among those identified by Rama as venues for the judging of the final performances of the dancers.

“These are big enough to accommodate the dancers and their props,” said Rama.

Rama also instructed the organizers to prepare the Cebu Coliseum.

“There are really things that we cannot stop. What is important is, the contingents can dance and be judged by the judges,” Rama said.

Rama said the judges will be the ones to go to the barangay gyms for the judging.


“It will be easier if the judges will go around instead of the contingents going to where the judges are,” said Rama.

He also wants SFI to determine a holding area for the contingents so they can rest and prepare for their performances.

Rama’s decision came after incessant rains affected the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan and Dakbayan over the weekend.

Organizers were also forced to cancel the street dancing for the safety of the dancers.

Rama hopes the weather will improve this weekend for the fluvial parade, foot procession and the Sinulog Grand Parade.

He said the City is expecting a huge crowd for the festivity.

Sinulog 2014 grand parade route
Sinulog 2014 grand parade route (Graphics by Sun.Star Cebu)

Meanwhile, the Province will have “Rebuilding Lives, Rebuilding Homes” as theme for their participation in the Sinulog Grand Parade, said Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera.

The theme is in line with the Province’s rehabilitation efforts for areas in northern Cebu that was affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Natera said their float costs P40,000. The Provincial Engineering Office estimated that the materials needed will cost P20,000 excluding the designs.

In a separate interview, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said 10 years ago, the Capitol joined the float competition and won second prize.

Natera said the float will feature a bahay kubo.

Magpale said it is unlikely that Capitol officials will ride on the float.

“There will probably be employees on the float, not local officials. It is not my nature to join those activities. It is not the nature of the governor either,” Magpale said.

Natera said Governor Hilario Davide III will not be on the float.

Also on Monday, Ambassador of Portugal His Excellency Joaquim Moreira de Lemos paid a courtesy call to Davide.

De Lemos said he will recommend the restoration and improvement of the Magellan’s Cross. A Portuguese foundation also restored the cross in 2006.

The cross and its concrete enclosure were damaged by an earthquake last October 15.

“We may contribute again,” De Lemos said.

De Lemos and Portugal honorary consul Samuel Chioson visited Magellan’s cross yesterday before going to Davide’s office. He noted the concrete enclosure is strengthened and reinforced with wood planks. The concrete walls are starting to chip off.

He also learned, from a plaque beside the structure, that Portuguese Foundation Fundacao Gulbenkian restored the historic landmark in 2006.

He said this foundation has been improving Portuguese-related monuments and protecting Portuguese heritage all over the world.

“Definitely we will convey the message and pass it to the foundation (for immediate action),” De Lemos said.

He said he wanted the whole structure, including the concrete enclosure, to be strong. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 14, 2014.

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