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M’lanilla, Argao set for ‘sugat’

First Posted 09:48:00 03/23/2008

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Aunique presentation for Easter Sunday is expected to draw visitors today to two parishes in southern Cebu towns ? Argao and Minglanilla.

The annual Sugat, a religious procession that commemorates the meeting of Jesus Christ and his mother Mary, will have people staying awake till 2 a.m. waiting for the event.

The elaborate productions, showcasing songs and little girls as ?angels? hanging from body harnesses, are a yearly crowd drawer.

Councilor Concordio Mejias of Minglanilla said P2.4 million was set aside for different activities of today?s Sugat-Kabanhawan festival.

?We expect our sports complex to be filled with people again,? said Mejias.

At 1 p.m., street dancing for the town's festival will showcase eight contingents from different schools of Minglanilla, 16 km from Cebu City. Originally 14 contingents wanted to join the contest but six groups backed out due to budget restraints. The P30,000 allocated for each contingent was not enough for their expenses. The town council allocated P2.5 million last year but could not increase the budget because of questions by the Commission on Audit.

Town officials already explained to auditors that the amount was for their festival which could benefit Minglanilla especially if investments will pour into the town.

The festival?s winning contingent for the festival will get P50,000 for the first prize, and P40,000, P30,000 and P20,000 for the second, third, and fourth prizes respectively.

The reenactment of the ?Sugat? will take place at 4 a.m. after the Easter Mass at 3 a.m. celebrated by Msgr. Esteban Binghay.

In Argao town, 66 km from Cebu City, the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel and the municipality of Argao will stage a street drama depicting the passion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.

The Sugat sa Argao activity is callled "Kapakyasan and Kadaugan." Singer Undoy Z will hold a concert starting at 10 p.m. to entertain people waiting for the "Sugat" at 2:30 a.m. The stage drama directed by Aljin Abaquita has a cast of more than 50 students from the Argao National High School. Reporter Nilda Gallo


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