The Suroy Suroy Sugbo Urban Adventure became a venue for the constituents of the province to thank Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
When she arrived at the Mactan Shrine last August 16, the first day of the caravan, a woman carrying her 5-year-old daughter suffering from cerebral palsy embraced the governor and thanked her for saving her daughter’s life.
Necitas dela Rosa narrated that some years ago, the governor who was visiting the town of Pinamungajan saw her daughter Angela, who was very pale at that time.
The governor, according to dela Rosa, paid for the laboratory examinations of Angela and even shouldered the cost of the medicines of the child.
“Ug wala pa si gov, patay na unta si Inday,” said dela Rosa.
Despite the rain, the Suroy Suroy Sugbo tourism caravan kicked off past 8 a.m. from the Capitol to the Sto. Niño Parish in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City. Students welcomed the visitors by dancing their festival, the Mantawi festival.
While in Mandaue, the visitors toured the industrial sites of the city such as the Giardini del Sole and the Amarcas International Firms. They then proceeded to the Mactan Shrine.
The Suroy Suroy Sugbo caravan was welcomed by Lapu lapu City first lady Paz Radaza and city officials.
Mayor Arturo Radaza didn’t make it as he accompanied Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
The officials of Lapu Lapu thanked Garcia and the tourists for visiting the city and called it a “dramatic milestone” for Mactan.
After witnessing the cultural presentation and re-enactment of the Kadaugan sa Mactan, the caravan then proceeded to the Birhen sa Regla Shrine.
After saying their prayers, the group then proceeded to the town of Cordova.
On her way to the town of Cordova, the governor was welcomed by students who lined up the streets shouting her name.
Even if it was not part of the itinerary, the governor got out of her vehicle and greeted the crowd or waved to the crowd.
In the town of Cordova, a motorcade was arranged to accommodate the hundreds of people and students waiting for the tourism caravan.
Students brought placards expressing their heartfelt gratitude to Gov. Garcia for the classrooms and school supplies that the Province gave them.
While in the town of Cordova, Garcia and the tourists gathered shells and were also entertained by a cultural presentation showcasing Cordova’s Festival, the Bakasi festival.
The following day, tourists went to Hilutungan Island and then attended a mass in the afternoon at Mandaue City’s St. Joseph Parish Church.
The two-day Suroy Suroy Sugbo tour was capped by a dinner and cultural presentation at the Parkmall grounds.