DUMAGUETE CITY –With the success of its Sandurot Festival during the Sinulog de Cebu 2017, Dumaguete City is looking forward to more invitations to grace the festivals of neighboring provinces and regions.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo on Thursday said he has received invitations from mayors in Mindanao, Visayas and even Luzon for the Sandurot Festival to perform either as guest in any event to include sporting competitions.
Remollo said he considers this an invaluable gain for the city in terms of promotion as a result of its participation to the Sinulog Festival in Cebu this year.
The Sandurot Festival of Dumaguete City placed third in the Free Interpretation Category of the Sinulog de Cebu on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Mayor Remollo said no amount of prize money can surpass the promotion and publicity the Sandurot Festival was able to achieve, basically placing the city in the tourism map all over the world.
He said this will tell the world that there is this Sandurot Festival in Dumaguete which will be a stand alone festival starting September this year to coincide with the celebration of national tourism month.
The winner in the competition this September will automatically qualify to compete in the Buglasan festival of Negros Oriental every October and possible guesting of other festivals in the region.
According to Remollo, the dancers, props men, drum beaters, support staff, make up artists, the technical crew, the medical team, city tourism personnel, even the drivers deserve to be commended for a job well done and for bringing the bacon to the city.
Councilor Michael Bandal, who chairs the committee on tourism, and who was the principal chaperon of the delegation along with the City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio, said he has drafted a resolution of commendation for everybody to be approved during the next regular session of the city council.
Antonio particularly thanked the choreographer Angelo Sayson and her staff and other individuals for working very hard to make sure the delegation is very organized and for putting the team together.
She observed that local and national television networks and photographers was feasting on the Sandurot festival while performing on the streets.
They become the instant favorite of photographers aside from granting interviews to both local and the national press.
According to Antonio, the win added value to the Sandurot festival itself and so potential corporate sponsors would not be hard to convince on how organized and how good the children execute their moves.
Those who have not seen the Sandurot Festival perform in the Sinulog can witness this in September this year, she said.