CEBU CITY: Some 2,160 inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) offered a dance to welcome Pope Francis.
Vince Rosales, the choreographer, said aside from welcoming the pope, the presentation will also serve as a message of thanksgiving.
The inmates performed the dance to the tune of “We Are All God’s Children,” the official theme song of the papal visit.
The 12-minute presentation of the inmates was recorded and uploaded on YouTube on Friday with a hope that it will be viewed by the Pope and that he will consider visiting Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in Asia.
Rosales said they did it early, so if the Pope can view it, he may change his mind and change his itinerary and head to Cebu. He said it took them two days to complete and master the whole routine.
The routine includes the playing of the Gregorian Chant, a liturgical song of the Roman Catholic Church, as lines of inmates in their orange uniform emerge from their crowded prison cells and gather at the quadrangle of the CPDRC.
The chant continued until the cells were almost empty, then the official theme song of the Papal Visit, “We Are All God’s Children,” signaled the inmates to form a giant human cross and start their dancing.
The inmates will perform the routine live on January 15.
The jail management decided to open the presentation to the public.