Photo courtesy of Harold Ballener
MANILA, Philippines – It's that time of the year again for the celebration of the famous Sinulog Festival in honor of Santo Niño de Cebu.
In a Facebook post, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu released its schedule of activities leading for this year’s festival highlights on January 19-20.
Kicking off activities is the Walk with Jesus procession at dawn Thursday, January 10. The celebration will culminate with the Hubo ritual or the undressing of the Santo Niño image on January 25.
The centuries-old image of the Child Jesus was given to Queen Juana when Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu in 1521. The image is believed to be miraculous since it was found unscathed in a scorched hut 44 years after its arrival in the Philippines.
The theme of Sinulog 2019 is: “Sto. Niño: Guide of God’s Children to Humility and Service.”
Here is the list of activities:
January 10 to January 18
January 18 (Friday)
Walk With Mary Dawn Procession
Traslacion from Basilica to the National Shrine of St. Joseph Parish in Mandaue City
January 19 - Visperas Day (Saturday)
Route: (Reversed #1 North Cebu City): Basilica to Osmeña Blvd.-Left to Burgos St.-Right to Urdaneta St.-Left to MJ Cuenco-Left to Imus Ave.-Left to Gen. Maxilom Ave.-Left at Fuente Osmeña Circle for Osmeña Blvd.-Right to Basilica
January 20 - Fiesta Señor Day (Sunday)
January 21 - Thanksgiving Day (Monday)
January 25 - Adlaw sa Hubo (Friday)