Capitol’s nipa hut float signals rebuilding for typhoon victims

By: Peter L. Romanillos January 20,2014 - 01:03 PM

A new tomorrow (bag-ong ugma) was the theme for the Cebu provincial government’s float. (CDN PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

A “bahay kubo” or nipa hut in a garden of flowers with a Sto. Niño on the window sill was displayed on the float of the Cebu provincial government in the Sinulog parade.

The native cottage signified the Capitol’s thrust to rebuild lives of storm-ravaged communities after Yolanda.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III, his wife Jobel and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale walked beside the float as it passed the grandstand at 10 a.m.

It marked the first time the Cebu provincial government sent a float to the Sinulog grand parade since 2003 during the administration of former Cebu governor Pablo Garcia.

Drum beaters rode the float whose side board read: “Bag-ong Ugma, Atong Lig-onon.” (Let us strengthen our new tomorrow.)

Davide appealed for Cebuanos to do their share in recovery and rehabilitation efforts after typhoon Yolanda.

“Let us just help each other because it’s not just the government that can solve all the problems. We need the participation of everyone,” he said.

Other organizations from the province that joined the Sinulog floats were the committee on persons with disabilities (PWDs) whose float resembled a wheelchair.

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