The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) officially turned over 400 red Viper sneakers to dancing inmates last June 25.
The distributed shoes do not cover every member in the dance troupe yet, said CPDRC Warden Romeo Manansala, but they are aiming to provide for the rest next month.
“Guba naman gud ilang mga sapatos. Luoy kaayo ang uban, nag-tsinelas ra (Their shoes are already damaged, others only wear slippers),” said CPDRC Consultant Marco Toral.
Inmates’ Mayor Lito Granada facilitated the distribution.
He said that the shoes were purchased using donations from dancing inmates’ visitors. He added that Toral also shelled out personal funds for the purchase.
Granada told the dancers that shoes are to be left behind when they get pardoned.
“If mulaya, ibilin lang gyud siya ha. Dili lang nato dad-on inig-laya (shoes are to be left behind),” he said.
The dancing inmates were overjoyed by their new shoes.
Macario Cambarijan, 32, member of the dance troupe, expressed their gratitude to Warden Romeo Manansala and Toral for their all-out support.
He added that the new shoes motivate them to perform even better in their next performances.
“Madasig gyud mi’g sayaw kay nindot among bag-ong sapatos (We will really be motivated to do dance better because we now have new shoes),” said Cambarijan.
CPDRC dancing inmates consist of around 600 dancers. They have monthly performance every last Saturday of the month.