Cordova residents show resilience through dance during Dinagat festival
Thousands of Cordova residents yesterday celebrated the town’s 14th Dinagat Festival at the newly built tourism center in barangay Day-as.
Contingents from the San Roque Child Development School (Montessori), Cordova Central School, Cordova National High School, Benthel Asia School of Technology and Cordova Catholic Catholic School joined the festival’s dance showdown.
They also competed in the street dancing competition, performing their routines one kilometer heading to the tourism center.
The Municipal Employees with Women Federation of Cordova also gave a special Dinagat Festival dance presentation that showcased the town’s fishing trade, including the sale of its famous “bakasi (eel).”
The dance presentation showed the town’s resilience in dealing with the oil spill that ravaged their waters last year due to the collision of two vessels in the waters off nearby Talisay City.
Cordova Vice Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho also gave a special presentation dance as the Festival Queen.
In his speech, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said the groundbreaking of a third bridge project connecting Cebu City to Cordova will be held on Jan. 1, next year.
He also announced the 150th culmination celebration of their Sr. San Roque Church which the municipality had prepared activities.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said the province is behind Sitoy’s administration in implementing programs to improve the welfare of Cordova residents.
Later, Cordova Catholic Cooperative School won first prize in the dance showdown taking the top P50,000 prize. They grabbed second place in the street dancing and a P40,000 cash prize. Their Festival Queen also won a P4,000 cash prize.
Cordova Central School placed second in the dance showdown and won the P40,000 cash prize. They placed third in the street dancing competition and bagged the P30,000 cash prize.
Their Festival Queen got P1,000 cash prize. While Cordova National High School placed third in the dance showdown and bagged a P30,000 cash prize, they won the street dancing and took the P50,000 cash prize.
Their Festival Queen placed 3rd with a P2,000 cash prize. Vice Mayor Cho said even with a smaller budget the festival was a success./Correspondent Norman V. Mendozaestival was a success.
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