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Sinulog 2013


 To work in a place where preparations for any city celebrations pulsate with urgency,  I find it rather rewarding to see the diligence of ordinary people that are blurred in the grand celebration itself.

Three nights ago, yellow-and-red banderitas  started canopying the whole stretch of Gen Maxilom Avenue. Men laddered their way to the ugly telephonecableelectrical wires in the wee hours of the morning and tied each.

It looked painstaking.

A taxi driver suggested the banderitas looked beautiful and should be kept forever.

Some Christmas lights still glitter in warm January nights.  Cebu City is still dizzy from the welcoming of a new year. And then,  Sinulog. It seems Cebu is in its busiest this time of the year.

Cebu takes ends and starts as celebrations.  I celebrate them with her.


Some of the must-experience events that I personally look forward to.

January 12, 2013 (Saturday) Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan

January 13, 2013 (Sunday) Sinulog sa Kabataan- Dakbayan
January 19, 2013 (Saturday)
6:00 AM Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
9:00 AM Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Sto.Niño
January 20, 2013 (Sunday) SINULOG GRAND PARADE
January 21, 2013 (Monday)
1:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies, Cebu City Sports Center
January 24, 2013
7:00 PM Sinulog Choral Competition Finals @ Basilica del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center
January 25, 2013 (Friday) “HUBO”
4:00 AM “HUBO Mass” Ritual @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
February 3, 2012 (Saturday)
1:00 PM Screening of Finaslists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu Cinema
Sinulog 2013 Photo Contest Winners Exhibits
6:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest Short Film/Video Documentary & Sinulat Awards Contest @ SM City Cebu
Febuary 3-10, 2013 Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ’13 @SM City Cebu

To know the complete Sinulog 2013 Sschedule of Activities, click here.


Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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