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Sinulog as homage, thanksgiving for Cebu’s blessings
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Friday, January 15, 2021
Even if the Sinulog festivities are cancelled this year, Gov. Gwen Garcia will still keep her tradition of dancing the traditional Sinulog dance as homage and thanksgiving for Cebu Province’s blessings received despite the difficulties in 2020. (FILE PHOTO)

In 2020, Cebuanos’ strength and resiliency shined through the challenges and difficulties. 

Cebu Province recorded high recovery rate from Covid-19, Capitol projects continued to be implemented, and the economy, though put on a standstill for a few months, is now moving forward.

With all of these blessings, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is set to offer a traditional Sinulog dance to Sñr. Sto. Niño on Sunday, January 17 in keeping with her tradition of paying homage to the Holy Child.

“I feel that it is my moral duty to still give homage to the Sto. Niño who has blessed the Province so much,” the governor said in a press conference on Thursday, January 14.

“And on a personal note, He, too, has blessed me so much, protecting me against all false charges and accusations, vindicating my name and my family’s name,” she added.

Garcia will be dancing to the traditional Sinulog beat at the Capitol grounds without an audience and with less than ten dancers.

The governor started dancing to the Sinulog grand stage during her first term as governor in 2005 until her third term in 2013.

She went back to the stage in 2020 a year after her return to the governorship in 2019. This will be her 11th year to dance in the Sinulog. 

“Gamay ra kaayo unya lagyo pero still my dance is a dance of homage and thanksgiving,” Garcia said.

Last year, she danced with the Capitol department heads and some members of the Provincial Board.

“Possibly one or two but we are concerned man gud kay ang practice mag-converge na pud. We are just following the protocols and we are just sensitive to the concerns of the general public and the city government kay anhi man diri,” she said.

“But still, dili mahimo og di ko mosayaw. Kay gawas sa I always pray for the protection of the Province of Cebu, this time I really must thank the Señor Sto. Niño sa iyang pagproteher nako ug pag-vindicate sa akong pangalan ug sa pangalan nga Garcia,” the governor added.

Reknowned Cebuano choreographer Victor Cuenco will choreograph her dance. (Vanessa L. Almeda)