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10 Things You Must Know About Sinulog 2016 /Fiesta Senyor 2016 January 7, 2016

Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Jesus.
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Pit Senyor!

Pit Senyor!

  1. Fiesta Senyor 2016 is the 451st annual celebration since it was started by the Augustinians. This year’s theme is “Senior Sto. Niňo: Wellspring of Mercy and Compassion.” In the Cebuano language, the theme is “Senyor Sto. Niňo: Tinubdan sa Kalooy ug Puangod.”

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  1. This year’s Hermano Mayor is Mr. Mario King and the Hermana Mayor is Mrs. Haydee King. They were installed during the first Novena Mass (January 7, 2016) by Fr. Jonas M. Mejares, OSA, the Rector of the Sto. Niňo Basilica.

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  1. Firecrackers and kwitis (rockets) are not allowed during the solemn procession. Because of the lack of space along the route and due to their hazardous nature, they are absolutely prohibited during the procession. This is also to protect the crowd from any untoward incident. Thus, everyone is expected to abide with this policy.

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  1. When you enter at the Basilica del Sto. Niňo to pray or hear Mass, the belfry that collapsed during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013, is already completely restored. The reconstruction was supervised by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

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Fluvial Parade

Fluvial Parade

  1. The fluvial parade will take place on January 16 at 6 am. This is the re-enactment of the historical arrival of the Magellan’s galleons “at the mouth of the cove of Cebu called Mandaue at the noon of April 7, 1521.” The fluvial parade is preceded by the early dawn Mass at 4 am and the foot procession from the St. Joseph National Shrine of Mandaue to the Ouano Wharf where the image is placed on the “galleon” together with the official participants of the re-enactment in preparation for the 6 am fluvial parade.

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  1. There will be no street parties related to the Sinulog Festival for the establishments on the route of the parade from January 15 to January 17. Hinaot wala nay magmaoy ug mangasakpan nga mangatulog sa karsada ug mabuntagan inig kaugma.

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  1. Don’t ever miss the traditional religious Sinulog after the 6 pm Vesperas Pontifical Mass on January 16. This is where the thousands of devotees together with the bishops, Augustinians, priests and religious who participate the Pontifical Mass at the Pilgrim Center dance the Sinulog to the simple beats of the ordinary drums as one praying community. This lasts for an hour.

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Street Parade

Street Parade

  1. Sinulog 2016 goes global! For the launching of the Sinulog parade, dancers will wear the national costumes of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Hawaii, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, France and Egypt. This is to keep up with the city’s hosting of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress which will happen a week after the Sinulog.

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  1. Filipinos who are abroad and cannot attend the religious and cultural festival may tune in to the Cebu radio station DYRF (http://dyrf1215.weebly.com) for the live streaming of the Novena Masses as well as live updates. For those who have android phones, they may also download the “DYRF 1215” app for free.

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Hubo Mass

Hubo Mass

  1. The activities for the Sto. Niňo fiesta officially ends during the “Hubo” Mass. Literally, “hubo” means “dressing down” – thus “Hubo” Mass is a solemn service that formally “signifies the closing of the yearly grand fiesta where the gala and ceremonial vestments of the image are replaced with the ordinary, non-ceremonial attire.” Fr. Arnel Antonio Dizon, OSA beautifully describes it as a “deeper symbolic message that challenges the faithful devotees of the Sto. Niňo…to conversion and renewal of thinking, doing and relating, and to a decisive transformation of one’s self like the child Jesus who grew up in wisdowm, charity and truthful to God’s plan.” This year’s “Hubo” Mass is on January 22, Friday, at four in the morning.

 

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