Wenceslao: This year’s firsts, grandstand’s VIP section

BECAUSE a ritual like the feast of the Sto. Niño is held every year, being repetitive is expected. That applies to both the church activities (the novena masses, traslacion, fluvial procession, solemn procession, etc.) and the cultural one, with the Sinulog grand parade being the main fare.

Actually, new things also crop up within the seeming “repetitiveness” of the ritual, thus the interest and excitement the fiesta generates. For this year, here are some of the “new.”

–This Sunday’s feast will be the first for Jose S. Palma as Archbishop of Cebu.

Meaning, this will be the first time in almost three decades that the Catholic faithful will celebrate the fiesta with Ricardo Cardinal Vidal no longer the top man of the Cebu archdiocese.

Why the “changing of the guards” should be done right in the middle of Pista Senyor week escapes me.

–Sunday’s Sinulog festivities will also be the first under the administration of Mayor Michael Rama. It’s not that he is a stranger to the activities, having served as Sinulog foundation head for years when he was vice mayor. But this will be the first grand parade when the orders of Rep. Tomas Osmeña, the former mayor, won’t be heard or listened to. (more)

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