WITH Marigondon National High School not joining, Compostela National High School (NHS) vowed to do its best to take this yearâ€™s Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan crown.
Consolacion and Borbonâ€™s contingents might give Compostela a run for its money, but the ultimate winner will be multi-awarded choreographer Michaed Dax Barlaan, who taught all three.
Barlaan said Compostela, whom he steered to three championship plums, is ready for todayâ€™s competition.
He said that although he choreographed three contingents, their dance routines are distinct from each other.
Modesty aside, he said, Compostela, Consolacion and Borbon will show sterling performances.
After winning for three straight years in the high school category, Compostela was outclassed by Marigondon last year.
Marigondon, though, is not among the seven contingents vying for the high school categoryâ€™s top purse. Third placer Mantawi Integrated Dance Company of Mandaue City also pulled out from todayâ€™s contest.
In the elementary category, last yearâ€™s winner Simala will also not be around to defend its crown. Second-placer Pajo, however, will try to outpoint four other schools in the elementary category.
In tomorrowâ€™s Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, five-time winner Basak Elementary School will try to relive its glory as it competes against nine contingents in its category.
Sambag Iâ€™s Tribu Guardo, represented by Abellana National School, will not be joining this year after topping last year in the high school category.
In an interview, Barlaan said Compostelaâ€™s concept will be Cebuâ€™s liberation from Japanese occupation in 1946, with the Capitolâ€™s faÃ§ade as the setting.
Cabangahan NHS of Consolacion town will feature Cebuâ€™s trade relations with China in the pre-Spanish era.
And Borbonâ€™s storyline will feature a beauty pageant, where inner beauty is emphasized, Barlaan said. (RHM)