TRIBU Gawasnon of Barangay San Roque, Cebu City offered a dance to open the minds of individuals that they can be freed from depression through their devotion to Sto. Niño.
San Roque residents are always the first to witness the arrival of the images of the Sto. Niño and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pier 1 after the seaborne procession, since they live beside the port.
Barangay officials decided to join the Sinulog grand parade for the first time this year.
Being a first-timer, the contingent encountered financial problems and challenges.
Choreographer Jeoffrey Caballero said they had to borrow money for the group’s costumes before the City Government’s subsidy was released.
He said officials also had to find ways to provide food and water to the performers.
The group continued to face challenges during the grand parade.
Caballero said that the costumes of their dancers and props men got soaked during yesterday’s downpour.
Caballero, who has been working as dance master and choreographer since 2006, said the group thought of overcoming depression as their concept to show something different to the spectators.
“Win or lose, we offer this to the Sto. Niño,” he said.
Christopher Ian Urgel, 10, who is the youngest dancer of Tribu Gawasnon, said it was his first time to join a competition.
Urgel woke up at 2 a.m. yesterday for the grand parade. His group performed inside the Cebu City Sports Center around 1 p.m.
“I am very tired, but I offer this dance to the Sto. Niño,” he said.
Tribu Mahugyawong Pasil also had 10-year-old Jonnah John Lupoan, who is the contingent’s youngest props man.
A first-timer in the Sinulog tilt, he carried a huge clapper that is roughly as tall as he is.
Jay Ann Lupoan, 18, said she encouraged her brother to serve as a props man to show his devotion to the Sto. Niño.
Jay Ann has been performing with the Pasil contingent for five years.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on January 22, 2018.
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