Man­daue fi­esta prom­ises to be grander this year

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Jose Santino S. Bu­na­chita RE­PORTER

De­spite a lesser bud­get, or­ga­niz­ers of this year’s Man­daue City Midyear Cul­tural Sum­mit prom­ise a grander cel­e­bra­tion.

Sev­eral events have been lined up lead­ing to the feast day of St. Joseph, the pa­tron saint of Man­daue City, on May 8.

Dur­ing last Thurs­day’s me­dia launch at Park­mall for the cel­e­bra­tion, which marked the start of the cul­tural sum­mit, or­ga­niz­ers said that while some of their usual yearly events have been re­moved, there will also be new ac­tiv­i­ties that the pub­lic can look for­ward to.

“Man­daue City has been pro­gress­ing over the years, but the city still has a lot of po­ten­tial to grow. We are pur­su­ing cre­ativ­ity, that’s why we have a new ac­tiv­ity, the ‘Gug­mang Gi­atay,’ which is a Bis­rock juke­box mu­si­cal play,” said Coun­cilor Cyn­thia Reme­dio, over­all chair­man of the event.

Ac­cord­ing to City Trea­surer Re­gal Oliva, the city only set aside a P10-mil­lion bud­get for the en­tire cel­e­bra­tion this year com­pared to last year’s P11.8 mil­lion.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties that were can­celed by the city were the hold­ing of a mo­tor­cade, and the coro­na­tion of a queen, prince and princess as well as the Panag­tagbo Fes­ti­val. Oliva said, though, that it will be held on a dif­fer­ent date.

Yes­ter­day, the city cele- brated the Sotero Cabahug Day which high­lighted a bless­ing and a wreath lay­ing on his mon­u­ment at the Her­itage Plaza.

Oliva also said the Miss Man­daue pageant will be big­ger this year and will fea­ture the de­signs of Cebu City–based fash­ion de- signer Arcy Gay­atin.

Oliva said they were ex­pect­ing a big­ger crowd in their fi­esta ac­tiv­i­ties this year.

“Ev­ery year, we have no­ticed that the crowd is get­ting big­ger. Last year, we did not ex­pect that the sports com­plex will be jam­packed in all the shows we have had. In pre­vi­ous years, we did not ex­pe­ri­ence that,” Oliva said.

For his part, Traf­fic En­force­ment Agency of Man­daue (Team) head Glenn An­tigua said they have al­ready pre­pared traf­fic plans for the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties, most of which will be held within the vicin­ity of the Man­daue City Hall and the sports com­plex.

Man­daue Mayor Luigi Quisumb­ing as­sured that the city is do­ing its best to en­sure the safety of the pub­lic who will be at­tend­ing the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties es­pe­cially at night­time.

The mayor said the city has co­or­di­nated with the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and that they will have a full-time Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics (SWAT) team de­ployed dur­ing the events. K9 teams will also be de­ployed by the po­lice to sweep the venues prior to the events.

Liquor ban

Mean­while, sell­ing and drink­ing of al­co­holic bev­er­ages will be pro­hib­ited near the venues of the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties of Man­daue City’s Midyear Cul­tural Sum­mit this year.

Quisumb­ing said this is to en­sure that there would be no rowdy peo­ple dur­ing the se­ries of events lead­ing to the feast day.

“There will be a pro­hi­bi­tion on the sell­ing of al­co­hol only when there is an ac­tiv­ity on­go­ing like the disco and the bat­tle of the bands. The liquor ban will only be for the du­ra­tion of the event. There are safety con­cerns we have to con­tend with. We have to be very cau­tious,” the mayor said.

CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO

Mayor Quisumb­ing an­nounces the start of the city’s month­long fi­esta ac­tiv­i­ties, to­gether with (from left) City Trea­surer Re­gal Oliva, over­all chair­man of the event Coun­cilor Cyn­thia Reme­dio, beauty search chair­man Elsa Ba­subas, fi­esta fi­nance com­mit­tee in-charge Edita Cortes and fi­esta com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Gwen Tianero.

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