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Human Christmas tree formation at CPDRC

| by: Lee De la Cerna

Human Christmas tree formation at CPDRC

The world famous dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) form a big human Christmas tree last Dec. 24, 2014. Around 2,100 inmates showed their dancing prowess in a rendition of the Christmas song titled “Jingle Bells”.

Cebu dancing inmates aimed for a new world record for biggest human Christmas tree. The inmates wore red t-shirts during their presentation yet the Guinness World Records site said that Honduras holds the record for the largest human Christmas tree with 2,945 participants and was made last Dec. 1, 2014.

The inmates also presented a human CEBU formation underscored by a wave with the Mega Cebu Youth Ambassadors as part of the promotion for a Wholesome, Advanced, Vibrant, Equitable and Sustainable (W.A.V.E.S.) Cebu by 2050.

Cebu Provincial Jail Warden Romeo Manansala said that the activity was made for the inmates to feel and celebrate Christmas even if they are in jail.

Aside from the human Christmas tree formation, they also performed their viral dance numbers, including Michael Jackson’s You’ve Got A Friend and They Don’t Care About Us at the CPDRC compound, which were witnessed by their families and friends.

Miss Earth 2014 Jaimee Herrell witnessed the event with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) staff and Mega Cebu Youth Ambassadors.

Herrell, in her speech, thanked the inmates, saying she is grateful for having witnessed their performances. She danced with them during the CEBU formation.

As they celebrated their Christmas party, RAFI donated 60 roasted pigs to the inmates for their lunch.

The families of the inmates were allowed to stay overnight on December 24. They left CPDRC in the morning of December 25.

Meanwhile, a total of 89 cellular phones, two laptops, four tablets, one DVD player  and  bladed weapons were surrendered by inmates inside the CPDRC compound before the presentation started.

Manansala said that he issued a warning to inmates that no Christmas party will happen if their gadgets were not surrendered.

All CPDRC inmates are required to surrender their prohibited items in their respective cells.