OUT-OF-TOWN contingents from Abuyog, Leyte and Placer, Masbate are eyeing back-to-back wins in this year’s Sinulog Grand Parade.

Tribu Buyogan of Abuyog and Kulturang Placereño are the defending champions in the free-interpretation category and Sinulog-based category, respectively.

Frenil Palang, choreographer of the Abuyog contingent, said the crowd can expect more surprises from them this year, but they will still feature dancing bees like in the previous years.

History

“Our surprises will be in form of our scenarios and our dance. Our concept will have a very big contrast to what we did last year. We will focus on the life of the bees and our creator,” he told Sun.Star Cebu in an interview yesterday.

Palang said the number of “bees” they will be using this year will be “10 times” more compared to last year.

Abuyog celebrates the Buyogan Festival on Aug. 28 every year.

The town started joining the Sinulog in 2009 where they immediately bagged the top prize in the free-interpretation category.

In 2011, they placed second. In 2014, they did not join Sinulog after the town was hit by super typhoon Yolanda in November of 2013. They returned last year and won again.

The contingent from Abuyog is housed at the Zapatera Day and Night School along with contingents from Panglao, Bohol.

As for Placer, Masbate, Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) executive director Ricky Ballesteros said they will be one of the seven out-of-town contingents that spectators will look forward to watching.

Biggest contingent

Ballesteros said Placer will have the biggest contingent this year, since it also sent an entry in the free-interpretation category.

If the group successfully defends its title, Kulturang Placereño will earn a grand-slam win, or a three-year winning streak, for the grand parade.

The contingent from Placer is housed at the Cebu City Central School.

Aside from Abuyog and Placer, the other out-of-town contingents are from Tangub City, Misamis Occidental; Lanao del Norte; Panglao, Bohol; Catbalogan, Samar.

As of yesterday, a total of 32 contingents will be joining the grand parade, which is scheduled on Jan. 17, according to the SFI.