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The Uling National High School's performance tells the story of a young boy whose long-time Christmas wish comes true. (Photo by Alex Badayos)

Uling National High School

Naga City
Second Place: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan 2014 secondary division

To showcase Naga City as Cebu's Christmas capital, the Uling National High School anchored its performance on "dreams do coming true."

The school's dance moves and props tell the story of a young boy who has a long-time Christmas wish. One day, he found himself in the land of the dolls and was warmly welcomed by the inhabitants there. He also received from them the gift he had so long coveted.

Since he brought nothing with him except the image of the Señor Sto. Niño, he left it with the dolls in return for their hospitality.

Marvi Caño, who choreographs the performances of both Uling National High School and Talisay City Central School, said the Sto. Niño performed a miracle on the dolls and they all came alive.

Naga lays claim to being the Christmas capital of Cebu for the Pastores de Naga, a tradition that harkens back to Spanish times and is kept alive by upland children who chant and dance for an hour to celebrate the birth of Christ.

The celebration is an adaptation of the Spanish nativity play "Los Pastores de Belen, " which revolves around the experiences of a group of young shepherds headed for Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Caño said the school's 100 dancers is backed by 200 other students handling the props that included Christmas symbols like the fir tree and reindeers.

The school and the parents pooled together resources to fund the requirements of the contingent.