MANDAUE City will make this yearâ€™s â€œTranslacionâ€ a grand activity to pave the way for the Sinulog fluvial parade, Mayor Jonas Cortes said.
Mandaue City organizers said the â€œTranslacionâ€ is the transfer of the miraculous images of the Sto. NiÃ±o de Cebu from the Basilica de Minore del Sto. NiÃ±o and Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Guadalupe Shrine, both in Cebu city, to the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue city.
Translacion, a church-led activity, is being supported by Taga Mandaue Inc. and assisted by the City Government, said organizing committee chairman Regal Oliva in yesterdayâ€™s press conference.
The three-day activity, which will start on Thursday, will include a â€œhaladâ€ or the convergence of street dancers and the cooking of Cebuâ€™s longest bibingka at the City Hall quadrangle.
The Translacion will be on Friday while the send off procession will be on on Saturday.
Cortes stressed the importance of the Holy Family.
â€œWe must treasure the importance of family,â€ said Cortes, who blamed moral degradation and not giving importance to the family as the causes of the present-day crisis.
The mayor added that the City is finding ways to cushion the impact of the crisis. And one way is to boost tourism and promote Mandaueâ€™s native products, like bibingka, tagak-tak, masareal and dried mango products, to local and foreign visitors.
It is also the intention of the City to let Mandaue-hanons living in another places know that they could revisit Mandaue.
When asked if this will pave the way to the commercialization of the Translacionâ€”similar to what happened to the Sinulogâ€”the organizers assured this wonâ€™t be the case.
â€œI made it a point that the solemnity of the occasion will remain,â€ said Cortes, as he promised that no politicians, and only priests, will be in the carrozas during the activity. (OCP/Sun.Star Cebu)