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Out-of-town contingents triumph in 35th Sinulog Festival

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(CEBU CITY – Public Information Office) - Visiting contingents from Placer in Masbate and Abuyog in Leyte bested the hometown favorites as they clinched the top plum in the Sinulog-based and free interpretation categories respectively in the 2015 Sinulog Festival.

Tribu Lingganay from Alang Alang, Leyte came in close second in the Free Interpretation Category followed by Tribu Himag-ulaw of Masbate in the third place. First-timer Tribu Katbalaugan of Catbalogan City, Samar placed fourth, while last year’s champion Lumad Basakanon of Basak San Nicloas, Cebu City landed on the fifth place.

The Buyogan Festival Tribu Buyoganon was declared best in Musicality while the Best in Costume went to Tribu Lingganay.

In the Sinulog-based category, Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe snatched the second place, with Carcar City Division in the third place. The Tuburan National High School and Talisay City Central Elementary School grabbed the fourth and fifth places respectively.

In the meantime, in the Street Dancing Category, Tribu Lumad Basakanon defended its title as grand champion followed by Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe in the second place. Other winners included Kulturang Placereno, Tribu Buyoganon and Tribu Lingganay in the 3rd, 4th and 5th places respectively.

This year’s Sinulog Festival was a huge success featuring world class performances by at least 44 competing contingents within and outside Cebu.

The Grand Finale featured the Kaplag or the discovery of the Holy Child Jesus with the brief history of Cebu.

Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama was thankful to everyone who supported all the activities during the Sinulog. He reminded all to thank and honor Santo Niño as He is the reason why we celebrate Sinulog.

Rama enthuses that the Sinulog Festival will not be meaningful without the participation of the out-of-town contingents. As the chief executive of the city and at the same time the over-all chairman of the Sinulog 2015 celebration the mayor was very hands-on in taking good care of all aspects of the grand celebration.

Despite the Papal Visit and the threat of a bad weather, at least close to four million crowds coming from the different places here and outside the country joined and witnessed this year’s Sinulog celebration.

The concluding Mass of Pope Francis held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila was also flashed in three big screen placed at the top and two sides of the stage at the Cebu City Sports Complex while the Sinulog Festival was also going on last January 18 Sunday.

Bearing its original slogan, “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision” and this year’s theme, "Santo Niño: Hope of the People" the Cebu’s coral celebration of Sinulog Festival turned out to be a huge success.

Furthermore, blessed with the miracles of Señor Sto. Niño, the good weather, the smooth flow of the activities with no major bad incident occurred coupled with the unity of leaders of the Church, the Cebu Provincial and City Governments and the support of the millions of Devotees of the Holy Child, the Sinulog 2015 has made a marked difference. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)


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Exclusive for Pedestrians

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) - Starting today, six roads in the city are to be used exclusively for PEDESTRIANS for four days (Jan. 15 - 18, 2015). This is to decongest traffic going to Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.

These are:
1.) M.C. Briones St. 
2.) D. Jakosalem St.
3.) Lapu-Lapu St. 
4.) Burgos St.
5.) Legaspi Ext.
6.) Mabini Ext.

For churchgoers, PARKING is available at Compañia Maritima compound (at the back of City Hall).
NO PARKING ZONE within Plaza Sugbo (City Hall area).

FYI. For widest dissemination. Thank You!


UP grad crowned Miss Cebu 2015

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(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) - Another product from the University of the Philippines Cebu emerged victorious in the Miss Cebu pageant.

Wynonah Van Joy Buot, 20, bested other Eleven candidates as she was crowned Miss Cebu 2015 during the Coronation Night last Wednesday January 14 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of Cebu City Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

Buot, a Mass Communication graduate and the Miss UP Cebu 2012 title holder was the crowd favorite throughout the pageant. She impressed the audience especially the judges during the final question and answer portion.


"If I were to take Pope Francis for dinner in Cebu, I would bring with me the students of Cebu because our students are the hope of the future and our Pope Francis is the hope of our country," Wynonah underscored, adding that we can then talk about how we can strengthen, unify, and share love and respect, so that we can encourage our citizens to take part and make a change here in our society.

The top 5 candidates were asked the same question one-by-one while other finalists wore headsets with loud music. The final question which was crafted by the board of judges goes, “If you could host Pope Francis to dinner, who would be your Cebuano guests and why?”

Buot's answer was the only different as the other finalists answered they will bring with them the street children and the children of Cebu. Meanwhile, her court included Ms. Ma. Genefe B. Navilon as 1st runner-up, Ms. Aivy Mae R. Castro as 2nd runner-up; Ms. Lucena Rose M. Magdadaro as 3rd runner-up; and Ms. Domenic L. Reynes as 4th runner-up.

The UP's pride who is an advocate of student welfare and the environment also gathered all the special awards during the Coronation Night such as Miss Photogenic, Miss Friendship, Kapamilya Star of the Night, and Best in Evening Gown. She also bagged the Best in Fun Wear and the Miss Ayala Fiesta Island during the pre-pageant night held at Ayala Terraces last January 10 Saturday.

Aside from their sashes, plaques and bouquets, the top 5 winners all won a free trip abroad and various gift certificates. While the fourth to second runners-up went home with P30,000.00 each as cash prizes, the first runner-up got P40,000.00 and the Ms. Cebu title holder received P60,000.00.

As Miss Cebu 2015, Buot who is currently a sales and marketing associate at LOHAS Skin +Slimming House of Beauty will be representing Cebu City in the different local and international affairs. She will also work with the Cebu City Tourism Commission for its new tourism campaign dubbed as "Lakbay Lingaw".

Looking back, the Miss Cebu 2014 was also from UP Cebu. Political Science major Cheriemel Diane Muego bagged the coveted title and later used to be the Cebu City Mayor's Chief of Staff and now the Assistant Protocol Officer.

Meanwhile, bearing the theme, “Revving up Cebu,” the Miss Cebu this year celebrates its 31st year as a beauty-and-brain pageant that continues to present to the world the true beauty of a Cebuana and a search for the spokesperson of the city.

The Cebu City Government led by Mayor Michael L Rama in collaboration with the Cebu City Tourism Commission and Cebu City Tourism Foundation Inc., alongside with this year's various sponsors and supporters were behind the great success of the Miss Cebu 2015.

Furthermore, the Miss Cebu pageant is one of the highlights of the Sinulog celebration. The Coronation Night was also telecast live on Studio 23 and streamed on http://www.cebucitytourism.org. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:43
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