Archive for December, 2011

Tabal tops Sinulog 5K

Friday, December 30th, 2011

PERENNIAL winners Kenyan Joshphat Kiptanui and Mary Joy Tabal capped this year with a victory in the Sinulog Fun Run yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Kiptanui, who was unsure of joining the run at first, bagged the coveted P10,000 cash prize in the 5K men’s open after crossing the finish line in 15:24.

Mendel Lopez came in at second place in 16:29 and Jobert Carolino arrived 10 seconds later for third place in 16:39. (Read more)

Eye-catching Sinulog decors at Fuente Osmeña

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The Sinulog festival is drawing near and to heighten the mood of passers-by, eye-catching decors were installed at the Fuente Osmeña circle.

One of the decors is owned by the Golden ABC Inc., the maker of Penshoppe. The Sinulog 2012 Arch was inaugurated last December 23. It is situated near the Sun.Star Fuente office.

Another eye-catching decor is the one owned by Bambi Edible Oil that features a Sto. Niño in a glass case on top of flowers. Behind the Sto. Nino image is a big cross. The decor is placed in front of the clock tower at Fuente O.

Nearby, commercial flaglets hang at the stretch of Gen. Maxilom Ave.

See photos taken by Arni Aclao of Sun.Star Cebu below:

Penshoppe Sinulog 2012 arch at Fuente Osmena

Sinulog street decor owned by Bambi Edible Oil

Commercial flaglets hang at the stretch of Gen. Maxilom Ave.

500 sign up for Sinulog Run

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

DESPITE just short notice, the Sinulog Fun Run slated this Dec. 30 is already halfway through its expected number of runners.

The run, which will start at the Cebu City Sports Center, is a 5K race, and will follow the carousel route in every Sinulog Grand Parade.

With the official announcement of the run made just last week, there are already 500 registered runners.

“We are targetting 1,000 runners,“ said Ricky Ballesteros, executive director of the Sinulog Foundation. (Read more)

Green mass resumes on Sinulog Feast week

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

THE celebration of the environment mass will continue next month, during the nine-day novena mass in honor of the Feast of the Sto. Niño.

The activity, which is aimed at disseminating the Catholic teaching on caring for the environment, is already in its third year said co-organizer Fr. Tito Soquino, OSA.

“The focus of the mass is in line with this year’s fiesta celebration theme, which is on the family as stewards of creation,” he told Sun.Star Cebu. (Read more)


Guidelines for Sinulog chess tournament

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

By Frank ‘Boy’ Pestaño

THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association Inc. (Cepca), with the support of the Cebu City government, is pleased to invite all chess teams to the 2012 Sinulog Open chess team tournament on Jan. 7-8 at SM City.

This team tournament is open to all schools, clubs, companies, barangays, cities, municipalities, government agencies and other interested groups.

Each team shall be composed of four regular players and one alternate.  (Read more)


Sinulog adds sports

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

APART from Sinulog sights and sounds, Cebuanos will also be treated to various sporting events as the Sinulog Foundation has teamed up with the Cebu City Sports Commission to add a sporting theme to the annual Sinulog celebration.

A fun run, baseball and softball tournament, football festival and a chess tournament will be included in the sports component of the Sinulog 2012 festivities.

“Sinulog has long been known as the festival of arts and it should include sports,” said Sinulog Foundation Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros. (Read more)


Sinulog online tickets

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Additional instructions for buying Sinulog tickets online:

1. For those buying yellow, green, pink and white tickets, you will receive a confirmatory email upon receipt of your payment.

2. For balikbayans who wish to buy the blue tickets, please scan copy of your passport showing your entry to a country abroad and your ticket to Cebu. Email it to and You will receive a confirmatory email upon receipt of your payment and supporting documents.

3. You can claim your tickets at Sun.Star office at P. del Rosario St., Cebu City.  Bring two (2) valid IDs and look for Ms. Jojo Elesterio.

Photo Exhibit at SM

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

A Sinulog photo exhibit is ongoing at the lower ground floor of SM City Cebu. Photos on display are winning entries for the Sinulog 2011 photo contest.

Below are few shots of the exhibit.





















Sinulog Idol elimination round starts Jan. 6

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

CEBU CITY — The 12 finalists for the Sinulog Idol are set to compete with each other comes January 6, 2012, the start of the nightly elimination round that will run until January 12.

Sinulog Idol is a singing competition and a joint project of the Cebu City Government, Sinulog Foundation Inc., Center for Pop Music Philippines and Soundtraxx Productions Studio.

Jay Unchuan, vocal coach and branch manager of the Center for Pop-Cebu, said the finalists — six girls and six boys — were picked from dozens of aspiring singers who auditioned for the third edition of the Sinulog Idol.

The screening, said Unchuan, was tough because there were almost a hundred of people who auditioned for the contest, and unlike the previous screenings where jurors can say “maybe [he or she can make it to the final audition]” to a participant, the jurors were only told to give a “Yes” or “No” this time.

“Those who joined have to get three yeses, or else they will be eliminated,” said Unchuan.

He said Apple Abarquez, one of the Pinoy Dream Academy scholars, was also one of the resident jurors. She also helps in the coaching of the 12 finalists.

The coaching, held at the Center for Pop along Mango Avenue in Cebu City, started in November 30 and is being held twice a week, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

“We also have to adjust with the schedule since some of the finalists are students,” said Unchuan.

He added the coaching is very important since the finalists not only get the chance to learn how to sing or to interpret a song, but are also taught “how to accept defeat gracefully.”

“We teach them how to become a total performer…It’s a nice lesson for everybody to know that although it’s a competition, there should be no rivalry… They should learn how to win gracefully, and how to accept defeat,” he said.

Unchuan said he is very optimistic about the 12 finalists for the 2012 Sinulog Idol, and he is hoping that they will follow the footsteps of those who made it to the finals in the previous competitions.

The finalists were told to perform their best, with Unchuan saying it is like “survival of the fittest” comes January.

“Every day is a competition, and one will be eliminated every day,” the vocal coach said.

With this, Unchuan said he is very strict with the training.

“No cell phones are allowed. The phones should be in the bags…I also told them [finalists] to dress comfortably,” he said.

Gloria Villarojo, Sinulog Idol project manager, reminded the finalists about the use of social media, saying they are now public figures and that their fans will be following them.

“You will be having fans, so be careful with what you post on Facebook…That’s a public site and you are already public figures,” Villarojo told the finalists.

She also reminded the finalists to find their voice in choosing their songs.

“Don’t keep on changing songs, especially a night before your performance. It is better that if you have your minus ones ready, stick to your songs. If you believe that this song will make your shine, go for it,” she told the finalists.

The finalists are expected to perform different genres of music.

On the first elimination night, January 6, all 12 finalists will sing their own choice of music. The next day will be a sing and dance performance, to be followed by their renditions of Cebuano or Visayan song, rock song, live performance with a keyboardist, and Broadway or movie theme song for the following elimination rounds.

One will be eliminated every night. In the grand finals, which will be on January 12, six finalists will perform songs that each of them finds special. Three will be eliminated after the performances and the remaining top three will compete for the final category, dubbed “Time of My Life,” which highlights songs that gave the finalists inspiration, with positive and meaningful lyrics.

Judges will be Unchuan, Abarquez and Mark Ryan Borinaga, a Cebu journalist. There will also be guest commentators, said Villarojo.

The competition will run for seven consecutive nights. It will be held at the Fuente Osmena Circle in Cebu City. (Jean Mondoñedo/Sunnex)

Sun.Star, Sinulog Foundation ink deal

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

The Sun.Star Publishing Inc. has forged a partnership with the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) for better coverage of the Sinulog activities next year.

During the launching of the Sinulog photo exhibits at SM City Cebu Friday, Sun.Star president Julius G. Neri and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA), which will take effect upon the signing date to February 15, 2012 or at the end of the Sinulog 2012 coverage of Sun.Star.

Based on the MOA, the SFI, the official entity managing and overseeing the Sinulog, will provide accreditation and space assignment to allow the Sun.Star website at to cover the Sinulog 2012 activities. (Read more)