Pinoys abroad consider Sinulog a treat, a pledge

SINCE the Sinulog started 30 years ago, she has not missed any celebrations, even if entire continents and oceans separated her from Cebu the rest of the year.

For balikbayan Sandra Murray-Freiburger, 46, the Sinulog festival is the perfect time to reconnect with the Sto. Niño and thank Him for all the blessings she and her family have received throughout the years.

“I am thankful that He has always provided the right guidance,” said Freiburger, who hails from Badian, Cebu.

She said she has been a devotee of the Child Jesus since she was 11, after her mother had taught her how to pray to the Sto. Niño.

“My mom always brought us here to celebrate the Sinulog,” said Freiburger.

Though now employed by the United States Department of Agriculture, she always makes it a point to return home to Cebu “every year, for the past 21 years.”

She moved to the United States in 1988 but, not wanting to miss a single Sinulog celebration, immediately returned home the following year to visit the Sto. Niño.

“You just have to save up for this,” said Freiburger.

Jennifer McFadden, 21, a college student from the United States, said she conducted a garage sale to raise funds for her trip to Cebu for the Sinulog. (more)

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