By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Dumaguete City has officially joined the 2017 Sinulog Festival slated January 13 to 16 to compete against world-class contingents from around the country under the Free Interpretation category in Cebu City.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that the city’s Sandurot Festival contingent will compete in the Sinulog to maximize the exposure of local talents and promote city’s own proud culture, arts and heritage to the national stage with wide and international media reach.
The Sandurot delegation will be composed of 100 dancers, 250 props men, 70 drummers, creative team, aesthetics, dance masters, make-up artists, instrumentalists, and coordinators.
Sinulog Foundation will be granting a P 300, 00 subsidy to the Sandurot contingent and designated Abellana National High School as the billeting quarters where rehearsals can be staged prior to the grand parade on January 15.
Winning contingents will receive cash and trophies: P1 million and P30,000 for choreographer (1st Place); P500,000 and P 20,0000 for choreographer (2nd Place); P300,000 and P15,000 for choreographer (3rd place); P200,000 and P10,000 for choreographer (4th place) and P100,000 and P5,000 for choreographer (5th place).
There are about 12 contingents expected to join the competition based on last year’s roster of entries.
Some 450, 000 local and foreign tourists are expected to converge in Cebu City to witness Sinulog tagged as the country’s biggest pageantry of sights, sounds and colors as it honors and pay homage to Senior Sto. Nino. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first publishedat PIA Website on Jan. 10, 2017)