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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


Southern Leyte's Sakay-Sakay fest to be led by private group

by Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan. 12 (PIA) -- This city’s “Sakay-Sakay” festival held every January 15 will soon be undertaken by a private organization similar to Cebu’s “Sinulog” Foundation, a private-led group that takes charge of the city’s popular mardi gras, according to Cebu Tourism officer Royeno Segovia.

Anytime next month, which coincides with the observance of February as a culture and arts month, Segovia said he intends to call the city’s tourism and cultural stakeholders to a meeting, with experts on events organizing and formation of a foundation, for a two-day seminar workshop to discuss on how to go about this plan.

During the weekly cable TV program “Action Center” this morning where he was the guest, Segovia said the city government has already appropriated funds for the conduct of this gathering, the specific dates of which will depend on the availability of the invited speakers.

On Sunday, January 15, the city will once again host the “Sakay-Sakay” or fluvial parade of colorfully decorated sea-plying vessels in various categories, but those who join the banca category must have also their street dancing contingents of not less than 30 persons, including drummers.

This year’s festival includes street dancing as one of the highlights of the contest, a feature that was waived in previous years but was re-introduced because of strong lobbying from City Councilor Atty. Romeo Geniston, Segovia said.

There are at least five groups, all from Maasin City, who have registered to participate in the street dancing, which follows right after the fluvial procession from barangay Pasay up to the market area, Segovia added.

He said the street dancing will start right in front of Gaisano-Hyper at Espina boulevard at 2:00 p.m., go around the city, and perform in three strategic points; it will end up at the bus terminal for a showdown for five to eight minutes.

First prize is P 30,000 for street dancing, while other contests also have their corresponding cash prizes.

Asked if the foundation he is planning to organize will be functional within this year so as to manage next year’s “Sakay-Sakay” festival, Segovia said he was hopeful this will be the case.

He even added that as soon as the organizational structure can be formalized, the new foundation will be the one to take charge of the cultural activities for this year’s Charter Day celebration on August 10. (PIA-Southern Leyte/bong)

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