CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES- The Pasigarbo sa Sugbo is definitely to be held again. “It will be on August 25,” Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia told iNews.Ph in a chance interview in the Ninoy Aquino Intl. Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 last Tuesday night.
The Governor attended the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte last Monday and was on her way back to Cebu when she was chanced upon. She was with Karla Kintanar-Fernandez, the wife of Phil. Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner and PBA legend Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez. According to Garcia, the holding of the activity dubbed “Festival of Festivals” of Cebu will be at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) as Mayor Edgardo Labella has already approved the request to use the facility for the purpose.
The Governor said the street dancing of all the contingents will be from the provincial capitol grounds up to the CCSC. The Pasigarbo sa Sugbo was last held in 2012 when Garcia was on her way to finished her third term as Governor then. In 2013 she was elected as Congresswoman while then-Governor Hilario Davide lll who is now the Vice Governor became Governor for two terms.
Davide stopped the Pasigarbo sa Sugbo where each local government units (municipalities and component cities) under the political jurisdiction of Cebu province will showcase each of their festivals through street dancing and parade. Incidentally, the “Rosquillos Festival” in Liloan where the Governor’s daughter, Atty. Christina Garcia-Frasco is the Mayor is the festival’s defending champion as it won in 2012.
The contingents to watch this year include Carcar City, Consolacion, and Bogo, 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. The highly respected Victor Hao-Cuenco is the festival’s director and choreographer./AAJ