Donations to the marketmanila.com feeding program are still trickling in. Please check for specific transfers/remittances here. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by the students we are helping at the Banawa Elementary School. It is appropriate that I share with you this recent development which is rather positive. A couple of months ago, the Banawa Elementary School was asked to field a contingent to the annual Sinulog Festival to be celebrated in full force this Sunday. Public schools from around Cebu consider it a huge honor to be invited, but unfortunately many schools turn the invitation down due to the cost of fielding such a team. I was shocked to find out that expenses for choreographers, costumes, band equipment, etc. can run into the hundreds of thousands of pesos. And when I asked what the return was, besides the pride of participating in the event, it seems the top prizes are millions in prize money for the winning school!
At any rate, Marketman’s Family & Crew made a modest contribution to their fund raising efforts and they practiced like mad over the past few months. I am told that they made it into the TOP 10 CITY teams (see this Cebu-based blog for some idea what the teams are like) and as such, will be one of the chosen few that will participate in the dancing for the full length of the parade this weekend. This is the first time they have ever done this, and I want to congratulate them on making it to the group of city finalists, as it were. There are several provincial teams from towns all over the island so it isn’t an easy competition to win. So now we need the collective good wishes of the whole marketmanila.com family in wishing the team from the Banawa Elementary School all the best this weekend. Who knows, one of the kids you all helped to feed may be a part of this winning team. But even if they don’t land a top prize, I am so happy they managed to get this far! Congratulations and good luck!!!