Sinulog crowd may hit 2M

CEBU CITY — About two million people are expected to watch the Sinulog parade on January 16, prompting organizers to appeal for tight security from the police and private establishments.

With the festivities only a little over a week away, the estimated 9,000 rooms in the different hotels in the city are already booked, said Ricky Ballesteros, executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI).

The 600 white tickets, the most expensive tickets to the grandstand of the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC), were also sold out two days after the SFI started selling these. The white ticket costs P600.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he invited President Benigno Aquino III to the January 16 event, but the latter has not yet confirmed if he can make it.

The mayor also invited representatives from the City of Yeosu in Korea, one of Cebu City’s sister-cities.

He asked the private sector to help government agencies and the Philippine National Police (PNP) ensure the safety of tourists, during the city’s busiest tourism season. (more)

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