WHILE the prizes at stake for the winning contingents will go up, the Sinulog organizers announced that the prices of tickets for this year’s event remain the same.
Ricky Ballesteros, Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) executive director, said the price for the white tickets is still at P1,000.
Yellow tickets, on the other hand, will still be sold at P800; P700 for the pink tickets; and P500 for the green tickets.
Annually, Sinulog organizers sell an estimated 6,300 tickets for the grand parade. Of the total number of tickets produced, 700 of these are white tickets, 2,200 are yellow tickets, 1,700 are pink tickets and 1,700 are green tickets. These tickets are based on the seating capacity of the grandstand of the Cebu City Sports Center.
As for Balikbayan guests, Ballesteros said the tickets for the grand parade will still be sold at P2,500.
For the Sinulog sa Kabataan, the ticket price will still be at P75; P50 for the Sinulog Festival Queen; and P100 for the Sinulog awarding ceremony.
On why there is no increase in ticket prices, Ballesteros said this is because the increase in the prizes for the Sinulog winners will be shouldered by the Cebu City Government.
For this year’s celebration, the City has an approved a total of P25 million for the Sinulog, which is P5 million higher compared to last year’s P20-million budget.
It was earlier reported that SFI has increased the prizes for the second place winners from P500,000 to P700,000, while third place winners will now get P500,000 from P300,000.
For fourth placers, they will already get P300,000 from P200,000 and P200,000 from P100,000 for the fifth place winners.
The prize money for the first placers remain at P1 million.
Ballesteros had said they increased the prizes to help offset the expenses the dancing contingents incur for their participation in the Sinulog. Some contingents spend as much as P10 million for their production.
Last year, SFI had increased the ticket prices for the grand parade at P200.
On the security preparation, Senior Supt. Conrad Capa, officer-in-charge of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), requested an augmentation force of over 100 police personnel from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 to be deployed during the Sinulog festivities.
Although the CCPO is expecting a lesser crowd for the Sinulog because of the Pope’s visit in Leyte this month, Capa said more police are needed to ensure security.
Capa, who admitted it will be his first time to experience the Sinulog event, said the security plan, which includes sustained police visibility and crowd management, is already mapped out.
He advised the crowd to remain vigilant and avoid wearing/bringing expensive jewelry or gadgets. PDF/JTR