“Do you want me to calculate if it would total to a million?” laughs Emelio Pascual, the artistic director of Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe of Tangub City.
A force to reckon with—it would cost him more than that.
A four-day road tour commenced on January 17, a Thursday evening of the 2019 Sinulog week, as the musical troupe’s show of devotion to the Holy Child Jesus, Señor Sto. Niño at The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu, ushering in this year’s “Balik Cebu” gathering. Themed “One Million Dreams, One Million Prayers,” the repertoire is divided into themes that show the multi-faceted talents of the Tangubanons.
From a medley of rural songs and dances—“Kuradang,” “Karatong,” “Tinikling”—to an impersonation of Max Surban’s “Turagsoy,” it showcased the expansive influences of the ensemble. It opened with “Singkil” as a tribute to its homeland Mindanao.
Broadway, too, in broad daylight. Seven songs from the play “Mamma Mia” are ripped off, such as “Gimme Gimme,” “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vou,” “Super Trouper,” “Waterloo” among others.
The Sinanduloy singers and band performed a cover from the soundtrack of the Hollywood film “The Greatest Showman”—the abridged version of “A Million Dreams,” “Never Enough,” and “Come Alive.”
“We are doing this because it’s Sinanduloy’s way of thanksgiving and prayers. There’s too many of them. We have a million dreams that need a million prayers,” Pascual goes on.
While it started out as a Sinulog-based contingent for 25 years, it has now become a musical caravan, composed of instrumentalists, dancers, singers, and choreographers.
It has been a busy Sinulog week for the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe. They had performances at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu on January 17, at Robinsons Galleria Cebu on January 18, and at Parkmall on January 19. Today, they will perform at the Cebu City Sports Center and at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. Tomorrow, they will be at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu and at the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Pedro Calungsod.