THE Talisay City Central Elementary School and the Tinubdan sa Kauswagan Cultural Troupe of Tuburan successfully defended their titles yesterday during the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.
Talisay bested six other contingents that joined yesterday’s competition in the elementary level, making it earn its first grand slam win.
Tuburan, for its part, had a back-to-back win after defeating three other contingents in the secondary division.
During yesterday’s activity held at the Cebu City Sports Center, Talisay showcased the discovery of the Holy Child Jesus, or Kaplag.
Kaplag started right after Spanish solider Juan Camus found an image of the Holy Child enclosed in a box in the burned village of San Nicolas on April 28, 1565.
In their performance, the Talisay contingent started off with a huge backdrop of the razed village.
Lady dancers in maroon gowns appeared together with men dressed as monks. They danced as the Gozos played.
A dancer playing Miguel Lopez de Legaspi carried the image of the Holy Child enclosed in a black box.
According to history, when the image of the Sto. Niño was discovered, it was turned over by Camus to Legaspi and then to five Augustinian friars.
The dresses of the lady dancers then turned to golden yellow gowns embellished with black laces, while the men wore black pants and golden yellow barong.
“The golden yellow represents the sunrise while the black embellishment represents doom because of the fire,” said Talisay’s choreographer Marvey Caño.
To celebrate the discovery of the Sto. Niño, the dancers picked up the pace with a huge backdrop of different images of the Holy Child Jesus looming over them.
Caño said they came up with the concept since this year is the 450th anniversary of Kaplag.
Caño, who is thankful for their grand slam win, said their production cost between P2 and P3 million.
As for Tuburan, it showcased a “bamboo dance” since bamboos are abundant in the town, said the contingent’s choreographer Fernando Cabrillas.
Their dance routine, which cost P4 million to stage, showed them giving thanks to the Sto. Niño for the products that could be made out of bamboo.
Some dancers were on bamboo stilts, which drew loud cheers from the audience.
For winning first place, Talisay and Tuburan earned P300,000 each.
Tuburan also won best in musicality (P50,000) and best in costume (P50,000) for the secondary division.
Other winners in the secondary were Carcar City Division (2nd, P150,000), Danao City (3rd, P100,000) and Cordova National High School (4th, P75,000).
The best in street dancing was earned by Carcar (P50,000), followed by Tuburan (P30,000) and Danao (P20,000).
For the elementary level, the other winners were Opao Elementary School of Mandaue City (2nd, P150,000), Bogo City (3rd, P100,000), Pundok Nagahonon of Naga City (4th, P75,000) and Tribu Kandaya, Maya Elementary School of Daanbantayan (5th, P50,000).
The best in musicality (P50,000) and best in costume (P50,000) went to Mandaue.
The best in street dancing was earned by Opao (P50,000), followed by Talisay (P30,000) and Pundok Nagahanon of Naga City (P20,000)
Winners of yesterday’s Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan automatically earned a slot for the Sinulog Grand Parade on Jan. 18. PDF