400 join 2022 Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Heritage Trail

AROUND 400 people joined this year’s Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Heritage Trail, which kicked off Friday, November 18, 2022, in Minglanilla town two years after it was suspended due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Cebu Provincial Tourism Office (CPTO) head Marty Ybañez said they are not worried with the number of people joining the tour, stressing it will help the Province achieve its goal to further promote Cebu’s tourist attractions.

He said the number of this year’s participants is higher compared to the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo in 2019, which saw only 147 visitors.

This year’s Suroy-Suroy Sugbo will be held from November 18 to November 20.

"This is basically a promotions and marketing for the province so di gyud ta mag expect na (we cannot expect) this will be an income generating. Ang ato man (our) target is for revenue and next for those who want to go back kung unsa ilang interest like this group. We will never know some of this will be interested in adventure tourism, culinary, farm tourism. Once ma-introduce na sila (Once they will be introduced), they will go back. It’s letting them taste, see and feel a little bit of everything," Ybañez told the reporters Friday morning, November 18.

Suroy-Suroy Sugbo offers several travel packages, with prices ranging from P11,000 to P16,000.

Ybañez said the registration fee will depend on the kind of accommodation the visitors will choose.

The participants visited some tourist attractions such as the Anjo World theme park in Minglanilla town, a museum in Sibonga, and Little Intramuros in Argao. Also featured were delicacies in San Fernando, Dalaguete, Alcoy and Boljoon towns.

For this year’s event, some tourist buses have been readied for the visitors. Each bus can accommodate 45 passengers.

Aside from the tourist buses, some participants who joined Friday brought with them their private vehicles.

Among those who joined the opening salvo were officials of Cebu Province, Department of Tourism, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police.

DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., who also witnessed the event Friday, said the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo should be replicated in other provinces in the country.

"What I see right now should be a template for other provinces to follow what you are doing right now," said Abalos.

On Saturday, November 19, the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo participants will visit the towns of Oslob, Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian and Moalboal. (ANV/LMY)