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CEBU, Philippines - The opening salvo of the religious activities of the Sinulog 2013 is scheduled on Thursday with the first day of the nine-day novena masses and the traditional walk with Jesus at dawn.


Thousands of Catholics and members of the clergy are expected to converge at Fuente Osmeña for the penitential walk to the Basilica del Sto. Niño at 4:30 a.m. on January 10.


The first of the nine-day novena masses will be held at 5:30 a.m. immediately after the penitential walk wherein this year’s Hermano and Hermana Mayores will be installed by Rev. Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA.


This year’s feast of the Sto. Niño has a theme “Journeying Together in Faith with Sto. Niño”.


The traditional nine-day novena masses before the Sinulog will be sponsored by the different government and non-government organizations, schools and universities, praying communities as well as the different parishes in the archdiocese of Cebu.


The following are the daily schedules for the novena mass; 5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, and 11:00 in the morning, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 in the afternoon.


The Sinulog Foundation will also open the cultural aspects of the celebration on January 11 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be led by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and the Cebu City Hall officials.


On January 18, a dawn procession with Mary will be held from Fuente Osmeña Circle to the Basilica. At 8:30 pm, night high school teachers of the Department of Education will do the reenactment of the first wedding.


On January 19, Saturday, will be the yearly fluvial procession and the re-enactment of the first mass and baptism. A solemn procession of the miraculous image will follow at 1:30 pm which will be headed by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.


A pontifical mass to be celebrated by Palo Archbishop John Du will follow after the solemn procession. On the Sinulog Day, January 20, the traditional mañanita mass will be held at 4:00 am.


A Thanksgiving Day will be observed on January 21 wherein a mass for the Overseas Filipino Workers and the Apostleship of the Sea will be held at 8:00 am.


The “hubo” ritual or the undressing of the Sto. Niño image is scheduled on January 25. The mass will start at 4:00 am with Fr. Jonas Mejares as celebrant.


The canonization of the second Filipino saint, Cebu’s San Pedro Calungsod, will be one of the highlights of the Sinulog Grand Finale come January 20 during the Sinulog Grand Mardi Gras.


This year’s theme, “Cebu City: Turning diamond. Gems of the past, brilliance of the present,” will showcase the significant events that happened in Cebu in the various eras up to the present, which is now on its 75th year.


Ricky Ballesteros, the executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc., said that with the essence of the theme, they chose the most significant event that happened to Cebu last year with the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod last October 21 in Rome, Italy.


“At present, the most significant that had happened for Cebu is the canonization of Pedro Calungsod, so it will be one of the highlights of the Sinulog grand finale as we celebrate the 75th year of this annual festivity,” Ballesteros said.


Ballesteros added that the image of San Pedro Calungsod will have a special place in the grand stand. As the image of Sto. Niño will be placed at the right side of the stage, the image of San Pedro Calungsod, on the other hand, will be placed in the left side where the different contingents will exit.


He will try to request for the original pilgrim image of the first Visayan saint, which was used during the canonization, the Duaw Nasud activities and the National Thanksgiving Mass last November 30, which gathered over a million devotees at the South Road Properties.


However, Ballesteros also thought of the possibilities that something might happen to the image once the public will know that it is the original image placed on the grand stand.


Meanwhile, Msgr. Achilles Dakay, the spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu, appreciated the move by the cultural organizers of the Sinulog Festival.


“It’s good that they included San Pedro Calungsod and they gave importance to our newly-canonized saint,” Dakay said.


As to whether the pilgrim image of San Pedro Calungsod will join the solemn procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño on January 19, Msgr. Dakay said that he does not know yet what the arrangement will be.— (FREEMAN)



CCSC Grandstand Tickets
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For those who wish to witness the culmination of the Sinulog dance competition inside the CCSC, you can purchase your tickets at the office of the Sinulog Foundation, Inc. There are five sets of tickets sold, specifically PINK at Php500, GREEN at Php500, YELLOW at Php600, WHITE at Php700, and BLUE. The White tickets are all sold out and the Blue tickets are for balikbayans, who need to present proof that they are balikbayans including plane tickets and passports.


For those who wish to buy their tickets online, you may purchase them at http://blogs.sunstar.com.ph


Here are the instructions for buying Sinulog Grand Parade tickets online as posted on the Sun.Star Website


1. For those buying yellow, green and pink 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 sunnexdesk@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmatory email upon receipt of your payment and supporting documents.


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


NOTE: Tickets available are only for the Sinulog Grand Parade on January 20, 2013. We are not selling tickets for the Sinulog sa Kabataan and other Sinulog activities. A small processing fee is added to the cost of the ticket if you purchase online.


According to a Sun.Star article dated January 6, 2013, SFI executive director Ricky Ballesteros said they printed tickets based on the seating capacity of the grandstand. In this line, 2,200 yellow tickets, 1,700 green tickets and 1,700 pink tickets were printed. The revenues from ticket sales will help raise the Php35 million foreseen expenses for this year’s Sinulog celebration.


guns banned

In keeping with the annual celebration of the feast day of Señor Sto. Niño, a gun ban is being enforced in Cebu City. The Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC) passed the resolution to enforce a special gun ban for the duration of the Sinulog starting on January 10 until January 20.


Mayor Michael Rama heads the PCAC, which is comprised of representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) and other law enforcement agencies. The resolution was passed in order to protect residents of Cebu City and visitors during the festivities.


Organizers of this year’s festivities have also informed the public that holding any event near or on the Grand Carousel route on the day of the Grand Parade will be prohibited. Businesses, establishments and private entities who want to hold an event on January 20 may try to secure permits from the City Government and from the City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) office.


This is to prevent traffic from worsening. The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) will also deploy more policemen in areas, which have been previously determined as problematic.



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