CEBU CITY — Everyone is keyed up for the celebration of Cebu’s grandest festival — the Sinulog.
Every corner of this city’s streets is in a Sinulog festive mood and images of the Senior Sto. Niño are displayed in front of several households and establishments.
The province of Cebu, the Cebu City government, devotees, performers, local and foreign spectators, and even traders are all geared up for the 30th Sinulog festival’s Grand Parade, where contingents from Cebu and other provinces will dance to the Sinulog beat.
The traffic rerouting for the grand parade starts at 4 a.m. Sunday.
For the past days, many activities in line with the Sinulog fest were successfully held — the Sinulog sa Kabataan (Lalawigan and Dakabayan), Miss Cebu 2010, Sinulog Idol, and a lot more.
With the numbers growing every year, the devotees of the Senior Sto. Niño have also witnessed the traditional Misa de Translacion and attended the penitential Walk of Mary on Friday.
On Saturday, several devotees have attended the fluvial procession from the Mactan Channel to Pier 1 in this city and the solemn foot procession from the Basilica del Sto. Niño.
Sidewalk traders along Abellana Street are also ready for the celebration. Although they have reported lower sales this year compared to previous years, some of them said the Sinulog celebration has helped them in their good sales.
Sidewalk retailers often sell their products in a cheaper price to attract more buyers, whether foreign or local.
One can already buy a batik malong for as low as P100 and as high as P160 only. Other batik items are available in a maximum price of P500.
Items in RJI store, which is selling native products, are available at a minimum of P15 and maximum of P600. Prices of native bags range from P300 to P600; coin purses, P25 to P30; and key chains P15 to P20, with varieties to choose from. Several Sinulog novelty stuffs are also available at RJI store.
At Extreme Designs, another store, printed t-shirts with sizes ranging from small to extra large are being displayed. They cost around P150 each.
Extreme Designs also sells personalized t-shirts, which usually cost around P400 each. (SBG/Sunnex)