Now that Christmas is over and a new year’s gonna start soon…Cebu is going to be busy once again for the Sinulog Festival 2009. A lot of exciting activities are lined up starting January 9 relating to Cebuano culture, heritage, and people (that includes the Miss Cebu 2009, photo exhibits, concerts!!!). Most importantly though, the Mass held everyday starting January 8 as Sinulog is a religious occasion.
Sinulog Festival is a nine-day (novena) celebration in honor of the Sto. Niño or the Holy Child Jesus. This is an event very elemental to the Catholic (if not all) people of Cebu, young and old generations alike.
The Sto. Niño is considered by the Cebuanos to be very miraculous – people pray very hard to the Holy Child in the Basilica del Sto. Niño for their petitions and trust that their prayers will be answered. Older people also believe that Cebu has always been protected by the Niño from calamities – the worst of the weathers, sickness, and others which explains, they believe, why typhoons never really gave Cebu great damage or typhoons never really hit Cebu badly as they had in other places in the Philippines.
At first glance at it, the Sinulog Festival Grand Parade which is the highlight of the celebration seems to be ritualistic in nature – with all the tribal dancing and exotic costumes…but this is actually to remember the transition of the old pagan Cebu to Christianity.
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Sinulog Festival 2009 will kick-off January 9 and the grand parade will be on January 18 (That makes it ten days just for the events, nine for mass). Music, colors, and definitely, people will fill the Cebu streets once again.