Capitol Sinulog float highlights countryside development

After incorporating the development in mainland Cebu in its Sinulog float design the previous years, the Cebu Provincial Government this time showcased countryside development, particularly those in the islands, in its float entry for the 2019 Sinulog Grand Parade celebration last Sunday, Jan. 20.

Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale, together with other Capitol officials, department heads and some employees, led the Capitol contingent for its grand entrance at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).

The respective families of the governor and the vice governor also joined the Capitol officials in the grand parade.

Carrying the theme, “Kalambuan Midagayday sa Kaislahan,” the Capitol float toured the parade route before it entered the Sinulog grandstand inside the CCSC.

The float flaunted the Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island, thresher sharks in Malapascua, coral gardens in Pescador and Gilutongan islands, White Sand Beach in Bantayan Island and more inspirations from other islands such as Gibitngil, Kinatarcan, Zaragosa and Carnaza. At the top of them all is the Sñr. Sto. Niño who oversees to guide and protect everyone in the islands.

Dancing before the thousands of audience as a guest performer, the Capitol contingent composed of 67 Provincial Government employees showed their devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child under the Sinulog-based category.

Liahona “Lianne” Llesol of the Provincial Information Office served as the contingent’s queen.

Joining the Sinulog Grand Parade and dancing as a guest performer has become a tradition of the Davide-Magpale administration as the Capitol’s way of thanking the Sto. Niño.


In the ritual showdown, Carcar City Division and Tribu Malipayon of Consolacion, Cebu were declared champions.

Carcar and Tribu Malipayon brought home P1 million each for winning the Sinulog-based and free interpretation categories, respectively.

Carcar also won the best in costume, best in musicality and best in street dancing for the Sinulog-based category.

Tribu Malipayon

Tribu Malipayon also bagged the best in costume and best in musicality in the free interpretation category.

During the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan last Jan. 12, Tribu Malipayon won third place.

They proved that they can do more during the Sinulog Grand Parade.

In their performance, the Tribu Malipayon proved how the power of prayers to the Holy Image works after they recovered from a pest attack that damaged their bamboos, which serve as their source of living.

The contingent surprised the audience after the backdrop, which showed the community setting of a tribe, was flipped and turned into a bamboo where dancers were hanging.

Tribu Kandaya of Daanbantayan

With their synchronized and quick movements, colorful costumes, music and for successfully delivering the purpose of their dance, Tribu Malipayon proved that they can compete with the other contingents.

“The performance was full of beautiful surprises and they were also a clear audience favorite. They made a refreshing experiment on their movements,” said Nestor Jardin, chairman of the board of judges for free interpretation.

Other winners in the ritual showdown for the free interpretation were Tribu Kandaya of Daanbantayan (2nd place, P700,000); Buyawanong Placer of Placer, Surigao del Norte (3rd place, P500,000); Kalivungan Festival of North Cotabato (4th place, P300,000); Pundok Maampoong Cogonanon of Barangay Cogon Pardo in Cebu City (5th place, P200,000); Lumad Basakanon of Barangay Basak in Cebu City (6th place, P150,000); Tribu Mabolokon of Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City (7th place, P100,000).

Larry Gabao, chairman of the board of judges for the Sinulog-based category, said that Carcar delivered a clean and precise movement, which complemented the whole production.

Instead of candles, Gabao said the group used leaves, which is something new for Sinulog-based performances.

Sining Sto. Niño Folkloric City of Bogo City

Carcar showed in their performance that there is still hope and freedom for the prisoners through prayers to the Holy Child Jesus.

For the Sinulog-based ritual showdown, other winners were Sining Sto. Niño Folkloric City of Bogo City (2nd place); Talisay City Central School of Talisay City (3rd place); Banay Labangon of Barangay Labangon, Cebu City (4th place); Tinabuay of Murcia, Negros Occidental (5th place); Banawan Cultural Group of Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City (6th place); and Inayawan Talents’ Guild Cultural Group of Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City (7th place).

Here is the full list of winners from the Sinulog Foundation Inc.:


Best in Costume: Carcar City Division (Carcar City)

Best in Ritual Showdown:
1st: Carcar City Division (Carcar City)
2nd: Sining Sto. Niño Folkloric City of Bogo (Bogo City)
3rd: Talisay City Central School (Talisay City)
4th: Banay Labangon (Brgy. Labangon)
5th: Tinabuay (Murcia, Negros Occidental)
6th: Banawan Cultural Group (Brgy. Guadalupe)
7th: Inayawan Talents’ Guild Cultural Group (Brgy. Inayawan)

Best in Musicality:
1st: Carcar City Division (Carcar City)
2nd: Talisay City Central School (Talisay City)
3rd: Sining Sto. Niño Folkloric City of Bogo (Bogo City)
4th: Inayawan Talents’ Guild Cultural Group (Brgy. Inayawan)
5th: Banay Labangon (Brgy. Labangon)


Best in Costume: Tribu Malipayon (Consolacion)

Best in Ritual Showdown:
1st: Tribu Malipayon (Consolacion)
2nd: Tribu Kandaya (Daanbantayan)
3rd: Buyawanong Placer (Placer, Surigao del Norte)
4th: Kalivungan Festival (North Cotabato)
5th: Pundok Maampoong Cogonanon (Brgy. Cogon Pardo)
6th: Lumad Basakanon (Basak, Cebu City)
7th: Tribu Mabolokon (Brgy. Mabolo)

Best In Musicality:
1st: Tribu Malipayon (Consolacion)
2nd: Buyawanong Placer (Placer, Surigao del Norte)
3rd: Tribu Kandaya (Daanbantayan)
4th: Lumad Basakanon (Basak, Cebu City)
5th: Kalivungan Festival (North Cotabato)

1st: Carcar City Division (Carcar City)
2nd: Kalivungan Festival (North Cotabato)
3rd: Lumad Basakanon (Basak, Cebu City)
4th: Pundok Maampoong Cogonanon (Brgy. Cogon Pardo)
5th: Tribu Kandaya (Daanbantayan)

1st: IPI 60th Anniversary (F-33)
2nd: Circle of Life/M Lhuillier (F-5)
3rd: Qualfon Philippines Inc (F-15)

1st: Celso Ampalayo (H-19)
2nd: Dagol – Catherine A .Bonghanoy (H-18)
3rd: Sinulog Queen – Esteria Panares (H-1)

1st: Giovannie Abos (P-8)
2nd: Angelique Marie Aranas (P-3)
3rd: Nino Ruben Mateo (P-4)

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