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By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia will extend help from her personal funds to festival choreographers and visual artists who are among the informal sectors affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. (Junjie Mendoza)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will extend help from her personal funds to over 60 choreographers in Cebu Island, one of the informal sectors affected of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Ang labaw nga naapektuhan gyud mga choreographers kay wa naman tay festivals, wa nay fiesta activities. Mga choreographers sa probinsya og naluoy kaayo ta, duna tay itabang ninyo,” Garcia said in her virtual presser on Monday, June 15.

Victor Cuenco, a known choreographer of Pasigarbo sa Sugbo and Sinulog, contacted the choreographers and handed their complete names and addresses to the governor. 

“I think mga 60 kapin nga choreographers. Unya nihangyo pud intawn ang pipila ka choreographers sa Cebu City og Lapu-lapu City ato nalang to iapil kay ni-choreograph man pud to sila sa Pasigarbo sa Sugbo,” Garcia said.

Pasigarbo sa Sugbo was a grand celebration that showcased the different festivals in the Province of Cebu’s 44 municipalities and seven component cities.

Aside from the financial assistance, Garcia will also give rice and canned goods. She also told them not to expect too much because the funds to be given are from her own pocket.

“Ayaw intawn mo pag-expect og dako ha kay igu-iguon rani nato,” she said, adding she learned that some choreographers even sell food online. 

Garcia also committed to extend help to visual artists, or those who made props for the festivals. (Mylen Manto)