Cebu-based performers have something to look forward to after the National Committee on Dance (NCD) of the National Commission for Culture and Arts has selected Cebu City has one of the places to hold a dance rally to promote the country’s heritage sites.

In exchange for tax credits, SM Prime Holdings expressed willingness to develop the roads in the South Road Properties to ensure these are functional by the time its property opens in the last quarter of this year.

Here are the top stories for today:

Simultaneous, nationwide dance

On April 29, Cebu City will join other areas in the country by holding a dance rally called “Yugyugan Para sa Kultura ng Bayan,” which will be staged simultaneously nationwide.

Other areas to perform simultaneously with Cebu City to the official music “Filipino Ako, Filipino Tayo” are:

Angeles City in Pampanga
Baguio City, Iloilo City,
Cagayan de Oro
Batangas City
Manila’s Rizal Park

In Cebu City, the event will be held at the Cebu City Sports Complex at 6 p.m. on April 29 to signify the observance of the International Dance Day. It is also part of the National Dance Week celebrated annually every fourth week of April.

“This is a promotion of the culture and the arts and in support of our advocacy in the protection and preservation of our heritage sites.” –NCD executive member Victor Lim Hao Cuenco

The event will be a venue for local performers, including members of school-based and community-based dance organizations to express and show their passion for dancing.

Proposed exchange arrangement

SRP road

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. offers to develop SRP roads in exchange for tax credits.

Road development in SRP is necessary for the high-quality public transport system (HQPTS) that will serve the SM Seaside City, which is why SM Prime Holdings Inc. offered to the Cebu City Council that it will develop the roads, while the cost of building the roads in the SRP can be converted into tax credits for SM Prime Holdings Inc.

“We already did that in the past. It is an open thing. It is just a matter of how the City wants this to be treated.” – SM regional operations manager Sherry Tuvilla

Road development is among the Cebu City’s responsibilities.

HQPTS will involve hybrid buses, specifically 77 13-meter-long buses that will serve the routes Talisay-SRP-Mambaling, North Bus Terminal-SM City Cebu-Downtown-SRP-Mambaling, Talisay-SRP-Downtown-SM City Cebu-North Bus, and Talisay-SRP-Plaza Independencia-SM City Cebu-Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Here are some updates concerning HQPTS:

The routes were approved by the Department of Transportation and Communication last January.
SM is only waiting for the franchise to be issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

The buses are expected to arrive in August.

SM Prime Holdings hopes to have the HQPTS operational by October.

“I’m seeing the urgency of the situation. I’m afraid it will not be accomplished before you need it.” – Councilor Margarita Osmeña

Next week, the City Council said that it will pass legislative interventions to help SM implement the HQPTS.

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