‘Sequel’ wins top prize

DON Sergio Osmeña Memorial National High School (NHS) took the top prize for the second straight year in the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, with a sequel to its winning performance last year.

Its presentation yesterday started where it left off in 2008, when the performance ended with the baptism of a couple’s child, with an image of the Sto. Niño as a gift.

In yesterday’s show, after the baptism, the parents inadvertently left behind the crying “lola” when they rode a carriage on their way to celebrate.

The grandmother bore her hurt through the years until she met the family again.

Despite what happened, the grandmother’s love for her grandson prevailed so that they both danced the Sinulog in front of the altar of the Basilica del Sto. Niño.

Reconciliation

The presentation ended with the whole family, including the lola and the priest, their Señor Sto. Niño held aloft among them, posing in a big picture frame.

Choreographer Angelo Manapsal said their theme was about reconciliation, about people forgiving and loving as they love the Holy Child.

“Daghang mahitabo nga naa gyuy kakuli-an sa kinabuhi. Ang importante, pasudlon ang Sto. Niño sa atong kasingkasing (What is important is that we let the Niño into our hearts),” he said.

Lahug, on the other hand, took the top prize in the elementary category, an improvement from last year’s third-place finish.

The judges were impressed with the excellent use of its backdrops, which “set the mood, including the three-dimensional scene of a giant clam surrounded by tall seaweeds.”

The clam opened up showing the Sto. Niño.

Choreographer Manuel Caalim’s concept told the story of a blind man and several persons suffering stomach pains, later healed by the Holy Child.

Tough contest

Barangay Captain Mary Ann de los Santos, who said Lahug spent P400,000 for the contingent, said she got so nervous when she viewed the performances of the seven other contingents because the competition was also good.

Board of judges head Josefina Guillen said the choreography and performance of Lahug were superb, and set the contingent apart from the rest.

“We were unanimous in our decision. Lahug performed with precision, and there was grace,” she said.

Guillen is the president of the Philippine Folk Dance Society and director for dance of the performing arts department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

On Don Sergio’s performance, she said the three judges were one in their decision.

“Don Sergio was very focused. And they highlighted the Filipino values of love and tradition. They were able to connect very effectively the Sto. Niño and the Filipino as a family,” Guillen said.

High energy

She said Don Sergio managed to keep the intensity and high energy the contingent showed from the start of the presentation.

“The finale, of course, with the family picture, when all were together with the Sto. Niño in the middle of them, was just perfect,” she said.

And with the contingent’s good costumes and musicality, she said they did not have a hard time picking it as the grand winner.

Not that second-place winner Camp Lapulapu NHS failed to give Don Sergio a good fight.

Guillen said it was a close contest between the two contingents. “When we saw Camp Lapulapu, we thought ‘This is it.’ Kasi maganda rin sila. But when Don Sergio came, we saw the difference,” she said.

CLNHS, though, edged out Don Sergio it in the best in costume award, which came with a P20,000 prize.
For their efforts, first place winners get P40,000 each; second, P30,000; third, P20,000; fourth, P15,000; and fifth, P10,000. (RHM/Sun.Star Cebu)

2 comments

  1. elvira cabagte says:

    good job Don Sergio Osmena Memmorial High School. Im very proud, I too was part of the Sinulog back in the 90’s and we were too was on the top place… Bravo … im so glad that the school still number 1

  2. honeylyn guioguio says:

    can i have the picture of Pasil Elementary School entitled:
    A FIGHTING CHANCE:
    Pasil Elementary School places second in the Sinulog sa kabataan in Cebu City, and with it, a chance to compete in Sunday’s grand parade.

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