2023: A turning point for Carmen’s Sinulog?

The Sinulog in Carmen, northern Cebu is not as popular as Cebu City’s Sinulog, which was held at the South Road Properties (SRP) on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.

A few days before Cebu City’s Sinulog was staged at the rushed SRP venue, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia decided to pull out 10 contingents from the province citing several concerns, one of which was the welfare of the dancers who are mostly teenagers.

Twenty-two competing contingents and one guest contingent joined the Sinulog sa Carmen on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Nine of these contingents came from the municipalities of Tuburan and Moalboal; cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Carcar, Naga and Toledo; and Consolacion town, the guest contingent that features Governor Garcia as its lead dancer.

Carmen’s 21 barangays were clustered into seven competing contingents, namely Hugpong sa Nagkahiusang Truimbanayon (Triumfo, Hagnaya, Baring), Tribu Maampoon (Cantumog, Corte, Lanipga, Sac-on, Liboron), Tribu Cogonanon (Cogon East, Cogon West), Tribu Luyanganon (Luyang, Puente), Tribu San Roque (Dawis Norte, Dawis Sur, Cantucong), Tribu Panaghiusa (Cantipay, Cauransan, Lower Natimao-an, Upper Natimao-an) and Tribu Ipilacion (Poblacion, Ipil).

Cebu City also made its presence in Carmen’s Sinulog through the seven competing contingents from Barangays Tejero, Labangon, Guadalupe, Mabolo, Tisa, San Roque and Basak San Nicolas.

Governor Garcia’s promotion of the Sinulog sa Carmen could spell a change for the town’s tourism in the future.

And this year could be a turning point for Carmen’s Sinulog. (KAL)