Sinulog 2009 officially opens Friday

Sinulog – Cebu’s festival of festivals – will kick off on Friday, January 9, with a solemn mass and parade.

The mass will be held at the Basilica del Sto. Niño at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a parade at 3 p.m. that will culminate at the Cebu City Sports Center.

The opening and launching program of Cebu’s grandest festival will feature the Mandaue City Children’s Choir, Dancesports Team Cebu, and performances of dance troupes from Cebu’s schools and universities.

Sinulog Foundation executive director Ricky Ballesteros said the looming crisis only has a minimal effect on the celebration. He also said that the finale of the Sinulog Grand Parade, celebrated every third Sunday of January, will have a nature theme.

Their preparations will include building a lagoon inside the sports center where Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry will glide by on a boat during the finale. (MDL/Sunnex)

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