Sinulog is part of us: Cebu Chinese community

THE Sinulog Festival to many Cebuano-Chinese families is a chance for them to be one with be one with the Cebuanos despite differences in traditions and beliefs.

Joni Chan, a Cebuano-Chinese trader, said though Chinese and Filipinos differ in beliefs and traditions, one event that unites both communities is Sinulog.

He said this is one of the festivities they look forward to aside from other traditional celebrations like Christmas.

“We pay respect to the tradition because we belong to the same community,” Chan said.

“In fact, the Chinese theme that is being incorporated in this year’s celebration is a compliment on our part, as our contributions to Cebu’s culture and economic progress are being recognized, he said.

“It gives us a feeling that we are truly part of the Cebuano community,” he said.

For most Chinese families in Cebu, Sinulog is part of their lives. Many of their ancestors were here long before the first image of the Sto. Niño was first brought to these shores. (more)

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