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Sinulog 2012 photo contest winners named

Monday, January 30th, 2012

CEBU CITY — A 22-year-old photo enthusiast emerged as winner in the Sinulog 2012 photo contest joined by more than 1,200 amateur and professional photographers from different areas in the country.

Louis Enario, a registered nurse, grabbed the grand prize worth P100,000 and a trophy for his photo taken during the Sinulog sa Kabataan. See photo below.

Enario also won 6th place in the fluvial/solemn procession category, one of the five categories in the Sinulog 2012 photo contest. The other categories are contingent, float/higante and puppeteers, sidelights, and festival queen. (Read more)



Focus on choreography, not on props: judges

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

THE judges of this year’s Sinulog competition told contingents who want to join the Sinulog grand parade next year to focus more on choreographing their dancers, not on their props.

“It is still good, but they (contingents) should not neglect the choreography of their dancers. I think the choreographers are not challenged enough to try something new. I just hope that next year they will think more of their dancers than their props,” said Nestor Jardin, chairman of the board of judges in the free interpretation (FI) category.

Jardin, who has been judging the grand parade for years, is also asking the contingents to do away with moves that have been used for many years, like the “wave.” (Read more)

Festival reflects faith in the Cebuano: writer-historian

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

MORE than a term for the dance performed in honor of the Sto. Niño and the annual festival, the Sinulog reflects the faith and the life of the Cebuano people, a writer-historian said.

“It’s a faith that has survived. It’s a faith that is not limited to religious faith.

Ultimately, it is faith in the Cebuano,” said Erlinda Alburo, former director of the Cebuano Studies Center at the University of San Carlos. (Read more)

Unity led to Sinulog success: guv

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

“HUGELY successful.”

This was Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s assessment of the Sinulog celebrations, which she attributed to the unity of City Hall and Capitol.

She said the cooperation between the two local government units is in response to Archbishop Jose Palma’s call last year during the Sinulog, when he said the City needs the Province and Province needs the City. (Read more)

Cebu fiesta gathers 3 million

Monday, January 16th, 2012

CEBU CITY — Over three million people turned up for the Basilica masses and the Sinulog grand parade Sunday, and police and organizers thanked them for keeping the events orderly and safe.

Though rain interrupted the parade thrice, the crowds kept growing in the afternoon.

The parade started with a mass at the Cebu City Sports Center and ended, nearly 12 hours later, with a 30-minute grand finale and 10-minute fireworks display. The grand finale alone cost P2.5 million to stage. (Read more)


Performers, display of faith fascinate Sinulog first-timers

Monday, January 16th, 2012

SUNDAY’S Sinulog grand parade was watched by foreigners, both dignitaries and tourists alike.

It was his first time to watch the Sinulog but Consul General Zhang Wei Guo of the People’s Republic of China is planning to come back next year. “I had a good impression (of the Sinulog)…I’m very interested in the program,” he said.

When asked what his favorite part of the Sinulog is, he said, “Everything.” (Read more)



Cebu deserves to be called Festival Island: Guv

Monday, January 16th, 2012

FOR the eighth straight year, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia danced in yesterday’s Sinulog grand parade as a guest performer.

She played the role of a Spanish señorita and danced with the La Torta Festival contingent from Argao, Cebu.

She said her costume was different from those of the previous years, when she dressed as a goddess of the sea (Bantayan) and the queen of the harvest (Tabuelan). (Read more)

Devotees brave heat for fluvial parade

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Hundreds of devotees braved the scorching heat of the sun to join and witness the sea procession Saturday morning in honor of Our Lady of the Rule and Sr. Sto Niño.

Over a hundred registered sea-going vessel, including rubber boats owned by various government agencies, joined the parade that left the Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City around 8 a.m.

Devotees brought with them images of the Sto. Niño during the fluvial procession Saturday. (Tashuana Alemania)

The fluvial parade arrived at the Pier 1 in Cebu City past 9 a.m. (Read more)


Rain spares ‘Walk with Mary’

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Thousands of Marian devotees joined the “Walk with Mary” Friday dawn as bad weather spared the foot penitential procession.

Heavy rains poured Cebu City before Friday dawn due to the diffused tail-end of a cold front, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

However, rains stop just before the procession at 4 a.m. from Fuente Osmeña going to the Basilica del Sto. Niño. (Read more)

Here’s a video of the walk. For photos, click here.


Devotee City welcomes pilgrims

Friday, January 13th, 2012

CEBU CITY — The Devotee City was opened on Friday, two days before the Sinulog grand parade, to shelter thousands of Senior Sto. Nino devotees from different parts of the country.

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama and Devotee City committee chairman Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias led the opening of the Devotee City at the Campania Maritima, Cebu International Port.

Out-of-town pilgrims who are mostly vendors occupied the 110 20-footer two-level vans set up by the City Government.

The Devotee City committee laid down guidelines for the entry and stay of the devotees to ensure safety, sanitation and basic comfort.

Every admitted devotee gets an ID that also bears the number of the van assignment. The devotees are also provided with amenities such as portalets and shower rooms. The water supply and electricity are provided by the Metro Cebu Water District and Visayan Electric Co.

These container vans serve as makeshift shelters for the devotees.Devotees inside the Devotee City are provided with free water by the Metro Cebu Water District.Kids wait at the registration area of the Devotee City.A devotee sleeps inside the makeshift shelter inside the Devotee City.

Free telephone lines and an Internet connection are also provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.

The medical services are provided by the Cebu City Health Department while safety and security are ensured by the Cebu City Police Office and the barangay tanods.

Aside from the Aboitiz Group and other sponsors, Julie’s bakeshop also partners with the City Government to provide snacks and entertainment for the devotees.

Some Sto. Nino devotees have performed a dance number on Friday as they welcome fellow pilgrims inside the Devotee City. City Government officials and other stakeholders also took part in the launching program.

Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama led other City Government officials during the launching of the Devotee City.Devotees and guests attend the Devotee City launching program on Friday.Julie's bakeshop mascot entertains the devotees and guests during the launching on Friday.Young and old devotees enjoy the dance performances during the Devotee City launching.

Devotee City committee chairman Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias said pilgrims from neighboring provinces, and even beyond the cities of Carcar and Danao, who cannot afford to stay in hotels and do not have relatives in the city, are accommodated in the Devotee City.

The Devotee City is a wifi free area and will be video-streamed. All the happenings inside can be watched real-time on the Cebu City Government website.

Uniformed policemen are securing the place for 24 hours with the help of village watchmen, Cabarrubias said.

The admitted devotees are also bound to follow certain house rules; one is to strictly observe proper garbage segregation. Out-of-town devotees were reminded of the waste segregation ordinance of the City Government.

“Segregate your garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable,” Cabarrubias told devotees.

The Devotee City was set up to stop poor devotees from sleeping on the streets during the Sinulog. (Maria Armie Sheila Boco Garde/Sunnex)