By: Elena Grace Flores
The father of Sinulog in Cebu, David Odilao or Boy as he is fondly called, speaks highly of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. He mentions at the 888 New Forum, Marco Polo Hotel that the notable leader was very particular on his appointees. He always looked for someone who did not need to acquire wealth anymore. In fact, as Regional Director of the former Ministry of Sports and Youth Development originally, he started the Sinulog festival. Odilao’s designation then was not directly linked to the late President. General Fabian C. Ver made his recommendation. Odilao shares his insights on Bongbong Marcos’ candidacy for the upcoming election given his experience in dealing with politicians.
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The father of Sinulog in Cebu, David “Boy” Odilao may have served during the Marcos regime but needs to wait and see for the son.
Odilao added that during the Marcos regime, there were many projects that made a difference. Initiatives were supported. He then urged the audience to continue contributing to society regarless of who sits as president. When asked about Bongbong Marcos’ running for a national position in 2022, he said that he has learned in his life to look at what a candidate can do for the country and not the family name.
Wait and See for Bongbong Marcos
Odilao might be a fan of the father but he advises to wait and see for the son. One should look at other candidates as well, he explained. As of now, he can only say “no comment” for Bongbong Marcos’ election bid in 2022. It’s better to be neutral for the time being for him. There’s no doubt that he has many friends from the different political parties.
Balik Baroto Regatta
The first “Sinulog sa SRP” on Friday features two events: the colorful “Balik Baroto Regatta” in the morning and a fireworks musical competition in the evening. This takes place in the vicinity of the Il Corso Filinvest Lifestyle malls at South Road Properties. Odilao announces that there are 50 paddle and sailboats in the competition. These are for the two categories of baroto race and the baroto showcase of Sinulog relevance.
Strictly for Fishermen Only
Odilao stresses that only certified fishermen can join the competition. This starts and ends at Il Corso while the participants have until SM Seaside City Cebu before their return to the starting line. For the baroto race, the first placer will get P100,000; second, P75,000; third, P50,000; fourth, P30,000; and fifth, P20,000. The sixth to tenth finishers will get P10,000 each while a consolation prize of P5,000 will be also given out. As for the baroto showcase, the first placer will get P50,000; second, P40,000; third, P30,000; fourth, P20,000; and fifth, P10,000 courtesy of the City of Cebu.
A National Open Eyed Before the Election in 2022
Odilao said when the event is successful, they intend to open the Regatta nationally next year. This is a year prior to 2022 national where Bongbong Marcos contemplates seeking a post. The Sinulog sa SRP was conceptualized by then SRP Management Office head Jose Daluz III. This was before his appointment to the Metropolitan Cebu Water District Board. Upon his resignation, Odilao assumes the responsibility to lead with Councilor Jerry Guardo. The latter oversees the Sinulog sa SRP.