CEBU City officials are expecting President Arroyo, politicians and other VIPs to attend the Sinulog festivities. Officials assured them that City Hall is prepared to address security concerns during their visit.
Acting Mayor Michael Rama said they are not yet sure what day the President will visit Cebu but the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) announced yesterday that she will arrive this Sunday and will stay until the following day.
It is not certain yet what day and time she will attend the novena mass at the Basilica del Sto. NiÃ±o pilgrim center.â€œThe President might come because she already expressed interest to attend the novena and honor the Sto. NiÃ±o. We reminded her of the feast the last time she was here and she said she wants to come,â€ Rama told a news conference yesterday.
Aside from government officials, politicians and personalities who might run in the 2010 elections, the City Government and Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) are also expecting foreign visitors from Cebu Cityâ€™s sister-cities.
City Protocol Officer Nagiel BaÃ±acia said officials from Yeosu City in Korea and Chula Vista in California, USA will be attending the grand parade on Jan. 18.
During the grand parade, Rama said no politician will be allowed to give any speech at the Cebu City Sports Center.
â€œNo one else, other than the organizers, will be allowed to deliver speeches at the grandstand. Of course, we always welcome Mayor Tom to give his message to the Cebuanos if he wants to, itâ€™s possible with the technology these days,â€ he said.
Mayor Tomas OsmeÃ±a is halfway through his chemotherapy sessions in Texas City, and will not be able to come home for the Sinulog festivities. (LCR)