Dancing and gyrating to the beat of Sandugo drums, at least eight contingents will display their wares during the parade starting at the city tourist port.
Only four entries will slug it out in the competition of the festival where the first placer is expected to be awarded P200,000. The rest of the participants will present their respective numbers to the expected delight of thousands of spectators.
To ensure and orderly presentation, Provincial Director PSSupt Rodolfo A. Llorca assured that security and traffic concerns are being ironed out. The parade which will start at 12;30 PM will traverse thru Gallares St. from the city port then to J. S. Torralba street, Pres. Carlos Garcia Avenue and winding up to the CPG Sports Complex.
Following the parade, the opening program will commence with Mayor Lim and Gov. Chatto to deliver their respective welcome messages to thousands of visitor-spectators, including foreigners. Then a re-enactment of the Sandugo to be performed by Diwanag Dance Troupe of the Holy Name University will follow to give more meaning to the Sandugo affair.
Sandugo was commemorated to recall the historic event sometime in the 16th century when native chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish general Miguel Lopez de Legaspi consummated the first ever treaty of friendship known then as blood compact.
The contingents that will fight it out in the street dance competition include the towns of Catigbian, Dauis and Maribojoc, Dr. Cecilio Putong National High, Tagbilaran City Science High, Immaculata High of Baclayon, Manga High of this city, and Holy Name Unviersity.
Awarding of cash prizes and best awards to the winners and plaques to the board of judges will follow with Mayor Lim, Gov. Chatto, Sandugo Foundation acting chair and Deputy Mayor Mariano Uy, foundation treasurer Argeo Melisimo and Miss Bohol Sandugo Amir P. Sol.
The Sandugo street dance festival will be emceed by Bohol's first lady of emceeing Ardy Batoy and Gloria Leodivica Araneta. The event is jointly sponsored by the Bohol Sandugo Foundation, Globe, Coca-Cola, San Miguel Corp, GMA Kapuso, First Consolidated Bank of Bohol and Miravilla Restaurant. (With reports from Sen Guingguing & RVO)