Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cebu schools shine in 'Sinulog sa Kabataan' fest

By CARINE ASUTILLA, ABS-CBN Central Visayas | 01/10/2009 11:06 PM

CEBU CITY - Pajo Elementary School in Lapu-Lapu City and Carcar National High School grabbed the top spot of yesterday’s Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan at Cebu City Sports Center.

The event started with a street dancing from Capitol to Cebu City Sports Center. Seventy-two Philippine flags were carried by CAT cadettes of Abellana National High School leading the street dancing of the 18 school participants.

Silveria Arce, Principal of Pajo Elementary School, said that they did not expect to win, but they were already hoping to move a place higher from the 5th place they were last year.

Arce said that they did not have enough time to practice but the students were able to catch up.

“We only had two weeks of practice, but the students were able to learn fast the blocking and the dance steps,” said Arce.

March Mandal, choreographer of Pajo Elementary School, which represented the Lapu-Lapu City Division, said that their dance concept was all about lovers brought together by Sr. Sto. NiƱo.

He also said that the dance theme was patterned after Leyte’s Binuyugan Festival.

Pajo Elementary School also won for their orange Filipiniana the Best Costume award.

Aida Babao, Principal of the Carcar Central National High School, said that they were already expecting to snatch the first place, saying it has been easy for them to prepare for the said contest.

What they have presented for Sinulog sa Kabataan was the same with their presentation in Kabkaban Festival in Carcar City last year, where they also won first place.

Other winners for the High School category were; Kulturang Tayuranon from Tayud National High School in Consolacion for the 2nd place; Mandaue Integrated Dance Group, 3rd place; Lilo-an National High School; and Guinsay National High School.

For the Elementary category, Kawayan Elementary School in Dalaguete won the 2nd place followed by Tugbongan Elementary School in Consolacion; Naga Central Elementary School; and Sogod Central Elementary School.

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