Garcia readies gown, dance for Sinulog

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2013 03:19 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2013 11:20 PM

CEBU - Suspended Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia said she is getting more inclined to dance at the Sinulog Festival on Sunday.

Media took footage of the elaborate gowns that she used for the past eight years, and which were on display at the governor’s gallery. Garcia said she might just use one of them again when she finally decides if she will dance on Sunday.

The gowns at the gallery are stunningly colorful and elaborate in designs that they have become part of the most anticipated features of the annual event. Some of the dresses are made out of jersey fabric while others sparkled with beads, evoking a princess-like effect with tulle underneath.

They come with appropriate headdresses, which depict her impersonation of Queen Juana, the royalty who received the image of the Sto. Nino from Ferdinand Magellan centuries ago in Cebu.

"I would really want to dance for the Sto. Nino, and at a tipping point I might reach a decision," Garcia said.

Leap of faith

She added that it would be a "leap of faith" if she decides to dance since she has no time left for any preparations. She said, however, that it took her only three days last year to learn the dance routines and blockings,

A staff of the governor said the gown usually takes a week before it is finally made.

Still, the only hindrance to her dance now is the alleged threat of Acting Governor Agnes Magpale that she will be locked out of the Capitol. Garcia has been holed up there ever since she was suspended.

In an interview with Magpale a few days ago, she hinted they would lock down the Capitol if Garcia intends to come back after the Sinulog festival. "She can gracefully dance all she wants, if she wants to go back she can, kung ako, ok lang, but there are determining factors.”

The Sinulog organizers said it would be unfortunate if Garcia will not be joining the festival.

"It is something to look forward to, for sure may mga maghahanap sa kanya, it is usually a tradition already," said Sinulog Festival Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros.

Ballesteros said the governor usually dances twice every festival, once during the opening performance in the morning, and the other during the finale in the evening. He said the governor has yet to confirm her participation.

Meanwhile, Garcia is not at all worried about President Benigno Aquino’s plans of coming to Cebu on Wednesday. As a hospitable Cebuano, she would welcome Aquino with open arms if the latter decides to pay her a visit.

"Kahit ordinaryong tao na hindi natin kilala, pinapakitaan natin ng magandang kalooban, presidente pa kaya,” she said.

Aquino, through the recommendation of DILG Sec Mar Roxas, suspended Garcia for six months for grave abuse of authority. Aquino is expected to inaugurate a shipyard facility there this week.