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Talisay City Central School dancers wore violet to portray sorrow over the tragedies that have befallen Cebu. (Photo by Bernie Arellano)

Talisay City Central School

First Place: Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan 2014 elementary division
Other Awards: Best in Costume, Best in Musicality

Student dancers of Sinulog sa Kabataan-Lalawigan 2014 elementary division champion Talisay City Central School wore violet to portray sorrow over the tragedies that have befallen Cebu.

But beyond recent calamities like super typhoon Yolanda, the earthquake, and fire incidents, the Talisay school's performance is also about the Cebu community "rising up" from all its troubles with the help of the Señor Sto. Niño, said choreographer Marvi Caño.

"Despite these tragedies, Cebu remains to be the Queen City of the South because of the Señor," explained Caño.

Although Talisay City Central School students only had a month to practice, they still managed to beat other participating schools to emerge the champion in the Sinulog sa Kabataan-Lalawigan 2014 competition held today, January 11, at the Cebu City Sports Center.

They shared the spotlight with the Tuburan National High School, which was picked the winner in the high school division.

Talisay also won the Best in Costume and Musicality awards.

Caño said Talisay City budget officer Edgar Mabunay and his staff designed the dancers' costumes.

The Talisay City Central School contingent has 100 dancers and around 400 other students handling the props for the performance. The group is made up of selected students from the first to fifth grades, he cited, adding that funding for the contingent came solely from the Talisay City Government.

Caño said they will be perfecting dance steps and adding more moves to their performance when they compete during the Sinulog 2014 grand parade on January 19, 2014.

Students from various public schools in Cebu City will compete in the Sinulog sa Kabataan-Dakbayan tomorrow, Sunday, also at the Cebu City Sports Center.