Over 280 young athletes compete in Cebu City Junior Olympics Dancesport Challenge 2023
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Over 280 young athletes strut their wares in the Cebu City Junior Olympics Dancesport Challenge 2023 held at the SM Seaside City Cebu on Saturday, September 2, 2023.
The monthly dancesport tournament organized by the Dancesport Team Cebu City (DTCC) and the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) serves as a qualifier for a bigger and grander annual championships set on December 2, 2023, at the same venue.
Athletes aged four to 17-years-old displayed their gracefulness with the hope of qualifying for the championships in December.
The program has been going on for many years now and was even continued virtually during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic with the help of volunteer dancesport athletes and teachers.
The dancesport competition was still ongoing as of this writing.
Cebu: The Christmas City
The region’s biggest grassroots-level dancesport competition was held simultaneously with the official launch of Cebu: The Christmas City.
“Nisugod na ug pakita si Jose Mari Chan. Ber months na ta. Christmas season na. Naay programa si Mayor Mike (Rama) nato. Prebelihiyo na nato nga kita [sa] dancesport ang magsugod sa Christmas City Cebu, where the Christmas spirit never ends,” said DTCC founder and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Edward Hayco during his speech.
Hayco also happens to be the project head of ‘Cebu: The Christmas City’ program that aims to beautify and put vibrance in Cebu City through various Christmas-related projects that starts this month. The initiative was inspired by the traditional Pasko sa V. Rama.
In addition, the program aims also to partner with businesses such as hotels, malls, and restaurants to spread the “Christmas Spirit” throughout the City.
In his speech, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama said that ‘Cebu: The Christmas City’ was a “bigger version” of Pasko sa V. Rama, a yearly Christmas celebration featuring belen and lantern making contests along V. Rama Avenue which is known as the city’s “Christmas Street.” / dcb
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