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Bogo City, which is still recovering from Yolanda's destruction, said it is attending the grand parade as an “offering” and not to be a contender for the top prize. (Photo by Bernie Arellano)

La Paz National High School

Bogo City
Fourth Place: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan 2014 secondary division

One hundred kilometers to the north, Bogo City in the Province of Cebu continues to recover from the devastation brought about by super typhoon Yolanda.

But even as residents rebuild their lives, nothing can stop some of them from dancing in the Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday.

“We are not here to win,” said school teacher-in-charge Liza Orongan.

“Bogo City was not spared from the wrath of the typhoon, and the local government has still so much work to do to help its constituents. Our goal is not to dance and win, but to dance an offering to the Sr. Sto. Niño,” she said in Cebuano.

Every year, the city always sends a delegation to the grand parade.

La Paz NHS, according to Orongan, was chosen on account of its huge student population that does not require merging with other schools.

Dondon Niñal trains the contingent which will show in their performance the Cebuano’s innate resiliency after each natural calamity occurs.

The dancing team is made up of students from Grades 7 and 8, and third and fourth year levels.

Orongan disclosed that all elementary and secondary schools in the Bogo City Schools Division have been asked to contribute any amount to help finance the team’s Sinulog participation. The LGU, she added, has also contributed but it was not enough to put up a grand performance.

“This (performance) is sort of an offering, not a contender’s entry. We’re not here to win, but to offer our dance,” Orongan reiterated.