IN PHOTOS: Sinulog officially begins in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines – It’s the biggest religious and cultural celebration in Cebu. 

On Friday, January 10, the Sinulog festivities kicked off with Mayor Edgar Labella delivering the opening salvo from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu.

The Sinulog Festival brings together the whole province of Cebu to venerate the Santo Niño de Cebu, the original image brought by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan when he landed in Cebu in 1521.

WALK WITH JESUS. At least 300,000 devotees joined the Walk with Jesus. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PROCESSION. Thousands join the procession during the first novena of the Fiesta Senyor

PIT SENYOR. Children from different towns join the Sinulog sa Kabataan


While Cebuanos have been devoted to the Santo Niño since 1521, the Sinulog celebration only began in 1980. 


 

Saturday, January 11, was also the Sinulog sa Lalawigan (Sinulog of the province). 

Check out the photos here:

DANCE. Youth from different towns dance the Sinulog

YOUTH. Dancers from Toledo City, Bogo City, Municipality of Ginatilan, Lapu Lapu City, and Talisay City join the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan 2020.

HOLY CHILD. A dance holds the Santo Niño above her head
The Sinulog grand parade is on Sunday, January 19. – Gelo Litonjua/Rappler.com