A CONSISTENT winner and a dark horse ruled yesterday’s Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan in the elementary and secondary division, respectively.
Michaed Dax Barlaan, choreographer of Pundok sa Kabataang Mananayaw sa Danao, is no stranger to winning first prize in Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan and Sinulog grand parade. He was a consistent winner when he was the trainer of Compostela National High School (NHS).
For the secondary division, Asturias Mayor Allan Adlawan said this is their first time to win Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan.
Asked if they will join again next year, Adlawan said they will if they win in the election.
”Kay ang budget ani gibabagan sa among kaatbang sa politika, so nag-amotay mig maayo ani (The budget intended for this activity was blocked by our political detractors so we chipped in to raise funds),” Adlawan said. He said they raised almost P1.2 million.
Yesterday, Danao Central School dancers in the elementary division won first prize in the ritual showdown.
Barlaan said the performance is about a boy who reads Pilipino komiks before going to bed until he dreams of being attacked by the bad characters, prompting a dancer carrying a Sto. Niño icon and the “Ang Panday” character to save him.
The boy wakes up and learns it is just a dream. He eventually finds out that his mother is Darna and his father is Captain Barbel.
“Pambata gyod siya (It’s really for kids),” Barlaan said.
A physical education teacher in Mandaue City College, Barlaan ruled Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan from 2002 to 2005 as choreographer of Compostela NHS.
In 2002, Compostela bagged first prize in a Sinulog sa Kabataan ritual showdown. The school won second place in the Sinulog Grand Parade a week later, in the Sinulog-based category.
In 2003, Compostela won first place in Sinulog sa Kabataan and third place in the Sinulog grand parade.
In 2004 Barlaan’s dancers captured three grand prizes – first place in Sinulog sa Kabataan, first place in the Sinulog Grand Parade and best in costume for the grand parade.
In 2005, Barlaan’s team got four prizes – first place in Sinulog sa Kabataan, second place in the grand parade, grand parade’s best in costume and third place in grand parade’s street dancing.
In 2007, Barlaan trained Cabangahan NHS dancers of Consolacion town, which was considered “dark horse”. And for the first time Cabangahan NHI ruled the Sinulog sa Kabataan, with its “tribute to the Cebuano-Chinese community”.
Cabangahan defeated the three-time champion Compostela NHS.
Adlawan and his choreographer Walter Betito, an amputee, was also happy to be first-time winners in the secondary division.
They merged Sinulog with International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) for their theme.
“The IEC is the most important thing that will happen in Cebu this year, and this is a religious affair in honor of the Sto Nino de Cebu,” said Adlawan.