Osmeña officially opens Sinulog 2017

Morexette Erram 01/15/2017

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has officially declared the Sinulog Festival 2017 open during his speech earlier at the Cebu City Sports Complex (CCSC) shortly after a mass was held there. Osmeña also reiterated on prioritizing security,…

About a million join the fluvial and foot processions

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Nestle L. Semilla 01/14/2017

Under overcast skies and incessant drizzle, close to a million people — with fervor burning — lined the streets of Cebu City or joined the solemn foot procession in honor of the Sto. Niño de Cebu. A…

Hundreds join Mandaue procession, witness fluvial parade

Doris C. Bongcac, Edison Delos Angeles, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag, Nestle L. Semilla 01/14/2017

Veronica Ouano, 50, was holding a small image of the Sto. Niño on her left hand and an umbrella on her right. She was deep in prayer while she walked the 1.7-kilometer distance from the National Shrine…

Why they are devoted to the Holy Child Jesus?

Dominic D. Yasay, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 01/14/2017

HUNDREDS of devotees, including a couple in their 40s and two lolas, braved the wet and cold weather and joined the sea of people who participated yesterday in the different activities for the Señor Sto. Niño in…

Cebuanos turn to FireChat app amid telco shutdown for Sinulog

Michelle Joy L. Padayhag, Ryan Macasero 01/14/2017

Amid a shutdown of telecommunication services in Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival, Cebuanos are turning to mobile app FireChat for communication and old fashion meet-ups. Others, like emergency responders and radio stations, turned to two-way radio…

A ‘short and sweet’ Sinulog parade

Doris C. Bongcac, Jose Santino S. Bunachita, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag 01/14/2017

Organizers said today’s Sinulog Grand Parade “will be short and sweet” for contingents and spectators alike. Ricky Ballesteros, executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc., said 107 contingents signed up for this year’s grand parade, 23 of…

Rainy weather, balloons delay flights, flower drop

Norman V. Mendoza 01/14/2017

ZERO visibility due to the weather and the presence of balloons containing written petitions from the Catholic faithful caused heavy air traffic at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) yesterday. As a result, incoming and departing flights…

The sleeping Sto. Niño

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 01/14/2017

On the sixth day, the wife and I finally made it. Earlier concerns about our not getting parking space and lacking the stamina to keep standing throughout the Holy Mass at the jam-packed Pilgrim Center made us…

Digital fasting

Radel Paredes 01/14/2017

As I write this on a Saturday, my mobile phone strangely shows no signal. This came after we got a text from the network last night that it will be shutting down for the weekend, starting today.…

The Santo Niño is alive

Ryan Macasero 01/14/2017

An old woman stands on the side of the road on M.J. Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City. Her eyes closed, she holds the Santo Niño over her head and waves it back and forth in a slow…

Cebuanos turn to FireChat app amid telco shutdown for Sinulog

Ryan Macasero 01/14/2017

Amid a shutdown of telecommunication services in Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival, Cebuanos are turning to mobile app FireChat for communication. The first shutdown began at 3 a.m. before the fluvial procession in Mandaue City that…

Contingents told: expect changes in time schedules on Sunday

Jose Santino S. Bunachita 01/13/2017

Changes in the the time schedules of the activities in this Sunday’s Sinulog grand parade may be implemented by authorities as a security measure. Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, deputy mayor for police matters, gave this advisory…

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