LONE CITY. As I write this, I am in the lone city in the province of Capiz to emcee a portion of the opening ceremony of the second One Visayas Festival. This morning, I took a 45-minute flight from Mactan Cebu International Airport with Gani Villarojo, Irving Guazon, Josil Marino and Henry Jabonero (collectively known as Sakdap, Cebu’s only male quartet), Gloria Villarojo, the group’s manager, and Girlie Lapinid-Laspinas, one of Cebu Popular Music Festival’s grand champions. From the Iloilo airport, the seven of us proceeded to this city by taking a three-hour land trip.

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FESTIVALS. Actually, the seven of us were the last batch of Cebuanos invited by Gov. Gwen Garcia to join the rest of the delegations made up of male and female dancers. They represent the five colorful festivals of our province, like Mandaue City’s Mantawi, Danao City’s Karansa, Toledo City’s Hinulawan, Sibonga’s Bunga and Bantayan’s Palawod. The governor ensured the sending of a substantial number of dancers to this city just to dance and bring the name of Cebu and the Cebuanos to this major cultural event. Modesty aside, I can say that our five festivals presented the best performance compared to the other provinces coming from three regions in the Visayas area.

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LESSON. This is not to belittle the performance of the other provinces during the afternoon’s opening ceremony. They also did their best, but they can learn a lesson or two from Cebu’s festivals in terms of execution, costumes, props, etc. It was not a competition but a mere presentation of festivals—and Cebu’s five festivals stood out after the opening program.

We Cebuanos who were there felt so proud of being from this province that has already earned its rightful mark as the country’s festival capital.

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KODUS. I should congratulate and commend Bantayan Mayor Geralyn Escario for attending the opening ceremonies and giving the necessary moral support not only for her town’s contingent but the rest of the Cebu dancers as well.

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TRANSPORTATION. This city’s mode of transportation is the tricycle. They dominate the city streets. You think it is a traffic situation that you only experience in small municipalities, but not here. Instead of public utility jeepneys, only multi-cabs are available. Taxis are not that plenty in this city.

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SONG. Of course, the One Visayas Festival song had to be played repeatedly during the four-day event, aside from the festival songs from each contingent. As lyricist of this particular work, with Gani Villarojo of Sakdap doing the music, I also felt so proud that our collaboration has become the official festival song since the launching of the very first One Visayas Festival last year in Cebu .

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PROMISE. This telco bigwig has promised to give a broadcaster the latest cell phone model for reasons only the former knows. That was three years ago. Until now, no cell phone in sight. (E-mail: samcost@yahoo.com or call/text 09163999909)