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Sandugo “mardi gras” brings sights, sounds

The street dance competition of sights and sounds, the most anticipated event of month-long Bohol Sandugo celebration this year, erupts shortly before noontime today as six contingents will dramatize through dance steps the virtue of friendship that revolves around the celebration of Sandugo or Blood Compact.

And the 'mardi gras' with its rhythm and rhymes and colors of costumes is being augmented with the presence of GMA 7 Kapuso mainstays led by the sexiest celebrity hereabouts, Marian Rivera with her boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes. The event is also spruced up with the presence of equally popular artists in the persons of Bianca King, JC Dioseco and Dion Ignacio, said Bohol Sandugo Foundation chairman Mario Uy.


Prior to actual street-dancing at the President Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex, skydive exhibition, the first of its kind here, will be shown at past one o'clock in the afternoon.

Street dance participating contingents are: the Immaculate Mary Academy of Catigbian town; Barangay Cogon of this city; Barangay Doljo, Panglao town; Barangay Totolan, Dauis town; Bohol Island State University, Clarin town campus; and Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School of this city.

The foundation was quick to defend the short list of participants due to insufficient time for preparations of the some municipalities considering their newly assumed officials following the last elections.

 This year's cash bonanza for street dance winners would be bountiful, said City Mayor Baba Yap. Mayor Yap said he expected this to be enhanced as he bared the city and provincial government have poured P300,000 and P1 million, respectively. He said Gov. Edgar Chatto has committed the amount for the province's share to the foundation's activities this year. This is aside from increased consolation cash prizes or financial assistance to other contingents apparently to defray incidental activities of the participating groups.

Expected to participate in the three-kilometer parade from the city tourist seaport to the sports complex are the newly crowned Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013, Miss Brigitte Burato and her royal court in a float.

Miss Brigitte Burato, 18, of Alicia town was crowned as Miss Bohol Sandugo 2013 last week along with Miss Shaila Mae Rebortera, 17, of Baclayon town, first-runner-up and Miss Dae Narah Garcia, 17, of Talibon town, second runner-up.

Reenactment of the Blood Compact is also expected to take place during the competition at the sports complex. It is aimed at paying tribute to the native chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish Gen. Miguel Lopez de Legaspi who forged the first ever recorded treaty of friendship, now known as “Sandugo.” (RVO)

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Aniscal's last visitors was his child on July 24 and his live-in partner on July 6.

Oracion said they immediately sent teams to Panglao, Jagna and Maribojoc where Aniscal would likely go as he has relatives in these places.

Aniscal had just been recaptured on February 9 this year by joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Teams from Bohol and Mindanao in barangay Mandangoa, municipality of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental after bolting the Bohol District Jail on May 17 last year.

Aniscal yielded two .45 caliber pistols and one .357 caliber revolver during the February raid in a house he rented, for which he was charged with illegal possession of firearms before the Misamis Oriental court and was first detained at the police station in of Balingasag before finally brought back to Bohol on April 11.

He was later turned over to the BDJ. But he filed a motion to be transferred to the city jail to protect himself in case BDJ personnel would turn vindictive on him.

The other inmates he had in tow during the May 17, 2012 escape from BDJ--Brian Ceniza, 23, of barangay Napo, Inabanga; and Mario Llaya, 23, of barangay Tambuan, Carmen--were killed in a shootout five days later while attempting to escape to Leyte through a port in Ubay five.

Ceniza was facing charges of illegal possession of firearms based on Republic Act 8294, murder, car theft and highway robbery; and Llaya was facing charges of robbery with intimidation of person.

Llaya and Ceniza were killed in a shootout in Ubay with authorities five days later while trying to escape to Leyte.

Prior to his daring escape last year, Aniscal had been in hiding for over 30 years until his arrest in September 2011 when most of the witnesses in his case are no longer available.

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