‘It’s strictly an offering’

SEVENTY-FIVE young and old dancers in Mandaue City, their faces glistening in sweat in the cold morning air, danced to the Sinulog beat from the St. Joseph National Shrine to the Ouano wharf, as part of the two-kilometer procession.

“Ako ning halad sa Señor Sto. Niño (It’s my dance offering to the Child Jesus),” said Francisca Ceniza, 70, who has been dancing yearly for the last 30 years. She said she expects nothing in return for performing the “halad.”

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The “halad” took place before the images of the Sto. Niño, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Naza-reno were taken from the national shrine for their trip back to Cebu City to start the fluvial parade.

Its organizer was Ba-rangay Looc Councilor Jose “Jun” Lozano Jr., who spent P30,000 of his money for the group’s costumes.

Asked if they plan to join today’s Sinulog contest in Cebu City, Lozano shook his head. (more)

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