Pasigarbo update: ‘Re-computed’ results to be revealed on Sept. 6
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Online votes will no longer be part of the criteria that will determine the winners of the recently concluded Pasigarbo sa Sugbo.
The provincial government announced on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, that mayors agreed on scrapping online votes as part of the criteria for judging this year’s Pasigarbo winners.
Instead, the online voting segment will be turned into a special award in which the contingent with the highest number of online votes earned will be recognized.
It can be recalled that Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said they will review the results of the Pasigarbo following controversies surrounding the ‘festival of festivals’.
As a result, the organizers called for a meeting with all mayors from the participating 50 localities last Wednesday to discuss the steps they would be taking.
With the online votes eliminated from the criteria, all mayors agreed to expand the winners of the Ritual Showdown from Top 10 to Top 15.
They also approved suggestions to trim down the winners in the Best in Mayor’s Introduction, Pasigarbo Festival Queen, and Decorated Van to five, down from 10.
The recomputed results will be revealed during the awarding ceremony this September 6.
Technical glitches bogged down the Pasigarbo’s production, some of which even interrupted the contingents’ performances during the Ritual Showdown at the Carcar City Sports Complex last Sunday, August 27.
There is no animosity
In the meantime, mayors from Carcar City, Toledo City, and Minglanilla urged their constituents to stop spreading hate online after technical errors spawned rumors, speculations and theories on the internet.
“Kaming nga mayor naggakos pero ang among mga katawhan nag bugno… Pareha ra ta. Atong dawaton (ang resulta). Steady gihapon ang one Cebu,” said Carcar City Mayor Patrick Barcenas.
The three localities emerged as the top three winners in the Ritual Showdown, with Carcar City’s Kabkaban Festival defending its title as grand champion for three consecutive years.
“The truth is there is no animosity. We are still one Cebu. We still share the same heart as a Sugbuanon and we trust in the strong and immovable sense of fair play. We will accept everything with deep gratitude,” said Minglanilla Mayor Rajiv Enad.
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