P2.5M finale retraces Cebu, Sinulog history

FOR nearly two hours last night, around 20,000 revelers in the Cebu City Sports Center were treated to live performances of Cebuano artists and a 20-minute fireworks display that capped the Sinulog celebration.

Around 600 performers brought the audience back to the old Cebu, showing dances and innovations from the different periods, from the Spanish era to the American period and to Cebu at present.

Led by Cebu City first lady Margot Osmeña, they also showed the 30-year history of the Sinulog and how it evolved to become the festival that we know today.

The finale that featured Cebuana singers Dulce and Pilita Corales, as well as the life-sized structures of Cebu City’s landmarks, cost organizers P2.5 million to stage.

“There were minor lapses but overall, I think everybody did a good job in paying attention to the tiniest detail,” said Sinulog Foundation Inc. executive director Ricky Ballesteros.

Margot said she opted not to join the Cebu City contingent so she could focus on her dance numbers during the finale, which she said were her offering to the Sto. Niño. (more)

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