NINE years ago, a late afternoon fire destroyed the dance studio of award-winning choreographer Val Sandiego.
The fire happened just two days before he and his famous Sandiego Dance Troupe were scheduled to dance in the annual Sinulog Mardi Gras.
Along with their dancers’ costumes and props, more than a hundred of the Sandiego family’s antique Sto. Niño icons were destroyed in the blaze.
Sandiego, in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, recalled how he saved two Sto. Niño icons while his studio was being swallowed by the flames.
On that fateful day, he was baffled why God was punishing him, despite the faith and devotion he and his family had shown.
“Pinakagrabe gyud to (That was the worst). It was really a test of faith for us,” said Sandiego.
“It was the only Sinulog that na-feel namo nga gihuboan gyud mi,” he added, referring to the aftermath of the fire, when they opted to perform with no props and costumes, but only wearing white shirts and jeans. (more)