Cebu's largest annual event, Sinulog Festival is coming up this Sunday. The streets are now packed with cars and people. Good thing I paid homage early on. It is customary for Cebuanos to visit Sr. Sto. Nino's image at the Basilica. Queque extends upto the church grounds, waiting time of an hour is already short.
Sinulog, syagit ug kusog, Pit Senyor! Pit Senyor! tanan magsaulog! is the song you hear everywhere during this time of the year.
Sinulog is celebrated for nine days with two major activities as highlights –a religious procession on Saturday and grand street parade on Sunday. It got its name from a ritual dance in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño.
Schedule of activities for Sinulog 2009:
January 17, 2009 (Saturday)
6am - Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño together with Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mactan Channel; starting point: Ouano Wharf, Mandaue City)
9am - Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
2pm - Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño)
6:30pm - Sinulog Festival Queen 2009 (Cebu City Sports Center)
7pm - Street Party (Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia)
8pm - Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras (Ayala Center Cebu hallways; culmination at the South Surface Parking Area)
January 18, 2009 (Sunday) - Sinulog 2009 Grand Parade
9am - Sinulog 2009 Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7pm - Grand Fireworks Display (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana and Plaza Independencia)
7:30pm - Concert by Street Party Bands (Fuente Osmeña)
8pm - Grand Fireworks Display sponsored by the Mitsumi Group of Companies (Ayala Football Grounds)
January 19, 2009 (Monday)
1pm - Awarding Ceremonies (Cebu City Sports Center a.k.a. Abellana)
January 31, 2009 (Saturday)
1pm - Awarding Ceremonies for the winners of the Sinulog 2009 Photo Contest and Sinulog 2009 Video Documentary Contest