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CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES – With almost 100 percent of the Mayors agreeing to participate, the “Pasigarbo sa Sugbo” of Cebu province is back. Dubbed “Festival of Festivals” and a brainchild of Gov. Gwen Garcia, will again be showcased during the 450th founding anniversary of the province next month.

Garcia who presided over a meeting to know the pleasure of the Mayors was very elated of the commitment of almost all the local chief executives, which included those who did not support her in the just-concluded May 13 polls. “Sa atong mga kaigsoonang Sugbuanon nindot kaayo ni nga atung gipakita nga ning pagbalik sa Pasigarbo halos tanan nga mga Mayor mukooperar so daghan gyud kaayong salamat ning inyong gipakita nga panaghiusa alang sa atung pinalanggang probinsya sa Sugbu,”

Garcia said over the microphone, albeit in a hoarse voice, showing the workaholic in her, whose schedule is very hectic since she started her office last Monday. The venue of the event is still to be determined through but the suggested places are the Cebu City Sports Complex (Abellana), Mandaue City, Naga City, and Carmen town. Garcia said that the event will push through as she will request for the passing of a supplemental budget in the provincial board, revealing, that the former administration merely left P89, 000.00 (eighty-nine thousand pesos) in the budget for aid to LGU’s, barangays and development fund.

The 2019 budget for such is P266, 354, 265.09 but the administration of then Gov. Hilario Davide, who is now the Vice Governor, almost spent it all. Some of the towns need subsidies for there would be contingents as the Mayors themselves aired during the meeting. The highly respected choreographer Victor Hao Cuenco will direct and choreograph the event. Last held in 2012, the “Rosquillos Festival” in Liloan where the Governor’s daughter, Atty. Christina Garcia-Frasco is the Mayor and is the festival’s defending champion.

The contingents to watch this year are Carcar City, Consolacion, and Bogo City, among others. Carcar City (Kabkaban Festival) won the best in street dancing for the Sinulog based category in the Sinulog festival in January this year. Consolacion (Sarok Festival) for its part won the best in ritual showdown for the Free Interpretation category while Bogo grabbed the second place for best in ritual showdown for the Sinulog based category./AAJ


Gov. Gwen Garcia during the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo conference. (Photos by Allan Defensor)

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