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Local talents spice up breast cancer awareness campaign

Aside from joining a worthwhile cause, participants of the 10th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness this Saturday, Oct. 19, will be treated to a night of songs by…

Aside from joining a worthwhile cause, participants of the 10th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness this Saturday, Oct. 19, will be treated to a night of songs by Cebu’s home-grown talents.

​Child singer Patricia Izabel Chua will go first with two songs after a mini-documentary (Opaw) and an “infomercial” about breast cancer.

She would be followed by girl band Syphone, winner of the She Rocks band contest; dance sensation F the Prime of X from the University of the Philippines-Cebu; acoustic singer Noel Villarba and company; dance number by Cebu Cancer Fight Inc. cancer survivors; and Visayas Popular Music Festival winner Jewel Flores.

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Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church on Juan Luna St. now Osmeña Boulevard

This photo taken in the 1920s shows at left the Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church on what was then known as Juan Luna St. The street was later renamed to…

Bradford Church on Juan Luna St. now Osmeña Boulevard

This photo taken in the 1920s shows at left the Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church on what was then known as Juan Luna St. The street was later renamed to Jones Avenue and finally to Osmeña Boulevard, its official name today. Cebuanos, however, continue calling the street “Jones.”

Osmeña Boulevard is the main thoroughfare that traverses downtown and midtown Cebu City.

The Matilda L. Bradford Memorial Church belongs to the United Church of Christ of the Philippines and was completed, according to this Cebu Daily News report, on October 26, 1913.

This photo is part of the collection of the Cebuano Studies Center of the University of San Carlos and is used here with its permission.

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Bathalad, InnoPub Media launch free Bisaya poetry e-book

Literary group Bathalad Inc. and journalism start-up InnoPub Media have released an e-book anthology of Cebuano poems for smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

Literary group Bathalad Inc. and journalism start-up InnoPub Media have released an e-book anthology of Cebuano poems for smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

“Skina Balak” can be downloaded for free from certain websites, including MyCebu, and through QR or quick response code scanning of posters and offline download stations.

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CJJ7: How newsrooms cope with the new media

This year’s Cebu Journalism and Journalists looks into how newsrooms in Cebu cope with the new media. To download the magazine in e-book format, click on the appropriate file format…

This year’s Cebu Journalism and Journalists looks into how newsrooms in Cebu cope with the new media. To download the magazine in e-book format, click on the appropriate file format for your device below.

 

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Minerva letterpress

Letterpress printing, which is printing from raised metal type, was the norm in printing for 500 years from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century. The image or…

Letterpress printing, which is printing from raised metal type, was the norm in printing for 500 years from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century.

The image or printing areas are raised above the non-printing areas.  The reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to get a right-reading image.

A letterpress operator prints numbers on receipts using a Minerva letterpress in Tudtud Print Arts in the Citi Center near Sanciangko St., Cebu City.

A letterpress operator prints numbers on receipts using a Minerva letterpress in Tudtud Print Arts in the Citi Center near Sanciangko St., Cebu City.

Letterpresses are now being replaced by faster and more efficient printing presses like the offset lithographic press or the flexographic press.

Minerva letterpresses are still running in some print shops near Sanciangko St. in Cebu City.

These presses, however, are mostly used to number receipts, said Tudtud Print Arts owner Lito Tudtud. He said Risograph and offset printing are faster and more efficient. The lack of a working Linotype machine, which produces the slugs used for letterpress printing, also limits the use of Minerva presses, Tudtud said.

(This article is part of a series on Cebu tourism and heritage supported by Smart Communications, Inc., the country’s telecommunications leader.)

Play the video below to see a Minerva letterpress in action.

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Royal Typewriter: Small, compact and efficient writing machine

Cebu Daily News publisher Eileen Mangubat used this typewriter before she became Sun.Star news editor. She then passed it on to Edralyn Benedicto, a Sun.Star reporter at the time, who…

Cebu Daily News publisher Eileen Mangubat used this typewriter before she became Sun.Star news editor. She then passed it on to Edralyn Benedicto, a Sun.Star reporter at the time, who gave it up when the paper shifted to computers.

On this typewriter, Mangubat wrote stories about the abduction of Fr. Rudy Romano, the fall of the Marcos regime and various key events of Cebu’s recent history.

This typewriter was a second-hand unit purchased by Sun.Star in the eighties. Pachico A. Seares bought it when the company disposed of its typewriters with the advent of PCs in its old newsroom at the leased building on Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City.

Play the video below to listen to Mangubat talk about how it was to write news stories on a typewriter.

Play the video below to listen to Mangubat reminisce about stories she wrote on this typewriter.

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The Linotype Machine: Hot affair blows cold

(This article was written by Mayette Tabada for the CJJ Media Gallery and is reprinted here with permission) For generations, men slaved over heated metal for love of the printed…

(This article was written by Mayette Tabada for the CJJ Media Gallery and is reprinted here with permission)

For generations, men slaved over heated metal for love of the printed word. Then the affair turned cold.

Before the advent of computer-aided publication, newspapers were printed using a Linotype machine. When it was introduced in 1886, Ottmar Mergenthaler’s invention was hailed by Thomas Edison as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

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Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery

The Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ) Gallery officially opened on September 24, 2010 to showcase the vibrant journalism in Cebu. It is the first community media museum gallery in the…

The Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ) Gallery officially opened on September 24, 2010 to showcase the vibrant journalism in Cebu. It is the first community media museum gallery in the country.

On June 25, 2009, Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) executive director Pachico Seares had obtained approval for the project from the CCPC en banc, following initial talks between broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro and Seares with Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on locating the gallery in the Cebu Provincial Government-owned Museo Sugbo.

OPENING. Guests view displays in the gallery during its opening. The Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery is the first community media museum gallery in the country. (SUN.STAR CEBU PHOTO)

OPENING. Guests view displays in the gallery during its opening. The Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery is the first community media museum gallery in the country. (SUN.STAR CEBU PHOTO)

Then congressman Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district) offered P200,000 from his Priority Development Assistance Fund to finance the exhibit.

Last March 11, 2010, the CCPC en banc approved the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Province of Cebu, represented by Garcia, and the CCPC, represented by its president, Dr. Pureza Oñate, to use this space in the Museo Sugbo for the exhibit for 25 years, free of charge. The contract is renewable for another 25 years.

The gallery contains photo frames with captions of pre-war and post-war journalists of Cebu with captions on their contributions to Cebu journalism. It also contains equipment like a Minerva letterpress, an ink knife, radio microphones and a Royal Quick Deluxe typewriter.

NEWSFLASH FROM THE PAST. Antonio Tormis Jr. takes photographs of a display focusing on his father, the editor and columnist Antonio Abad Tormis of The Republic News, inside the Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery. Tormis was gunned down on July 3, 1961, following his pursuit of stories about local government corruption. (SUN.STAR PHOTO)

NEWSFLASH FROM THE PAST. Antonio Tormis Jr. takes photographs of a display focusing on his father, the editor and columnist Antonio Abad Tormis of The Republic News, inside the Cebu Journalism and Journalists Gallery. Tormis was gunned down on July 3, 1961, following his pursuit of stories about local government corruption. (SUN.STAR PHOTO)

Play the video below to listen to one of the gallery’s curators.

(This article is part of a project on Cebu tourism supported by Smart Communications, Inc., the Philippines’ telecommunications leader)

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Battle of Mactan: history and myth

This spot is revered by Mactan Island residents more than any other place. A marker says it was on that site that a man who had sought dominion over the…

This spot is revered by Mactan Island residents more than any other place. A marker says it was on that site that a man who had sought dominion over the island in the name of the Spanish king had died in the hands of the brave warrior chieftain Lapu-Lapu 485 years ago.

Lapu-Lapu’s deed is fact but it spawned legends about the man–how he defeated the Spanish forces with their powerful artillery (guns, swords, cannons, cross-bows, body armor) and killed their leader Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan–and what became of him.

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Cebu Pacific takes university students on ‘ultimate Backpacker Challenge’

Attention adventure-loving university students! Pack your bags and prepare for the ultimate travel adventure, courtesy of the country’s largest airline. Cebu Pacific invites college students who are passionate about traveling…

Attention adventure-loving university students! Pack your bags and prepare for the ultimate travel adventure, courtesy of the country’s largest airline. Cebu Pacific invites college students who are passionate about traveling to join the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge, a five-day cross-country adventure competition from August 29 to September 2, 2012.

The Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge brings 5 teams of 3 university students to six exciting and scenic destinations all over the Philippines. Armed with P30,000 in cash, the teams get to test their resourcefulness and adventurous spirit in select Philippine destinations, with some challenges along the way. The team that gets to do the most number of challenges in each destination and ends up with the most travel savings wins the challenge. To join, teams composed of three college students who are 18 years old and above must submit a video that showcases their love for travel and adventure. Entries must answer the question: “How far will your team go for a fun adventure?”

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Treasured recipes from Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

As one of the highlights of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Culinary Journey, the hotel asked two of Cebu’s culinary icons, Cristina “Tina” Ebrada and Señorita Teresin Mendezona, to share their…

As one of the highlights of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Culinary Journey, the hotel asked two of Cebu’s culinary icons, Cristina “Tina” Ebrada and Señorita Teresin Mendezona, to share their treasured recipes. The recipes have been compiled into an e-booklet for smartphones, tablets and E-readers.

To download the recipes for free, click on the book cover of the appropriate format for your device below.

epub format for iPhones, iPads, Android devices

Treasured Recipes in .epub version for iPhones, iPads, Android devices and other smartphones and e-readers. You may need to install an e-reading app like iBooks, Aldiko or Stanza in order to read the ebook.

Treasured Recipes in .epub version for iPhones, iPads, Android devices and other smartphones and e-readers. You may need to install an e-reading app like iBooks, Aldiko or Stanza in order to read the ebook.

.mobi format for the Kindle

Treasured Recipes in .mobi format for the Kindle.

Treasured Recipes in .mobi format for the Kindle.

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Cebuanos go on Visita Iglesia or beach trips during Holy Week

For Christian Catholics in Cebu, the Holy Week celebration entails a long break from work. In keeping with the solemnity of the week, many Catholics go on a “Visita Iglesia,”…

For Christian Catholics in Cebu, the Holy Week celebration entails a long break from work.

Spanish period church in Argao. Click to enlarge.

In keeping with the solemnity of the week, many Catholics go on a “Visita Iglesia,” a religious practice that involves visiting seven churches on Maundy Thursday.

In Cebu City, there are a lot of churches that can be included in a Visita Iglesia. Among these religious structures are centuries-old churches built during the 18th century.

Cebu City’s heritage of churches include the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, the oldest founded in the Philippines, and the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. Here’s a listing of Cebu City churches that can be made part of a Visita Iglesia.

Many cities and towns outside of Cebu City also have their own Spanish period churches and a Visita Iglesia can double as a religious practice and a revisiting of Cebuano’s Spanish heritage.

Southern churches of Cebu bear various architectural influences such as Graeco-Roman, Gothic, and Baroque, among others. A Visita Iglesia of churches can be done with a guide or without. Churches in the towns and cities of the province are located at the town or city center, which is easily accessible by buses that ply the southern route on a regular basis.

The younger crowd hits the beach during the long Holy Week break from work. They have a variety of Cebu white sand beaches to choose from. Cebu’s smaller islands like Bantayan and Camotes are popular destinations of young people.

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Smart, MyCebu.ph to deliver info on tourism, heritage sites through phone scanning

Philippine wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Cebu-based website MyCebu.ph have partnered to deliver information on tourism and heritage sites to mobile phones and tablets through quick response or…

Philippine wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Cebu-based website MyCebu.ph have partnered to deliver information on tourism and heritage sites to mobile phones and tablets through quick response or QR code scanning.

The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Department of Tourism.

Smart and MyCebu.ph will place special markers on tourism and heritage sites all over Cebu. The markers will contain a snippet of information about the site and a QR code that, when scanned, will open an article about the landmark. To be able to load the information, users must be connected to the Internet and they must have a QR code reader in their devices. Most phone platforms offer free QR code scanners in their respective application markets.

QR Code demo on Colon Street

MYCebu.ph editor Marlen Limpag explains to bloggers and journalists gathered on Colon Street, the country’s oldest street, the QR Code data tagging of Cebu tourism and heritage structures, a joint project between MyCebu.ph and Smart Communications Inc, done in partnership with the Department of Tourism. During the demo on Colon St., journalists and bloggers were able to load a photo of old Colon by scanning the QR Code contained in a special marker.

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Smart, MyCebu.ph offer Sinulog guidebook for free download

(Update: The Sinulog guidebook can now be downloaded in this page. We now have a Sinulog Guide Android app version as well as a Sinulog Guide mobile website for other…

(Update: The Sinulog guidebook can now be downloaded in this page. We now have a Sinulog Guide Android app version as well as a Sinulog Guide mobile website for other devices. )

The country’s wireless leader Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) and Cebu-based website MyCebu.ph have produced an electronic guidebook on the Sinulog for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Android phones and tablets and other tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

A Guide to Sinulog 2012 will be made available for free download at the Mactan Cebu International Airport through quick response or QR code scanning, USB download or e-mail distribution. Tourists and balikbayans can get a copy of the guidebook as soon as they arrive in Cebu for Christmas vacation or the Sinulog festivities.

A Guide To Sinulog 2012

A Guide to Sinulog 2012 will be made available for free download at the airport, Ayala Center Cebu, malls, hotels, restaurants, resorts and the offices of the Sinulog Foundation and Department of Tourism. The guidebook can be read on the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and phones, Kindle and various other tablets, smartphones and e-readers. Shown above are the guidebook’s editions for the (from left) iPad, Kindle and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The Sinulog guide will also be made available for free download through partners Ayala Center Cebu, Department of Tourism Central Visayas, and the Sinulog Foundation. The ebook will also be available in hotels, resorts and other tourism establishments in Cebu.

A Guide to Sinulog 2012 is part of a groundbreaking project on Cebu tourism that will be launched in historic Barangay Pari-an on December 20.

The group will also produce an ebook compilation of winning entries of the Sinulog photo contest that will be released next year.

Unlike websites, ebooks can be read in various devices even without an Internet connection.

“This is part of our efforts to support the DOT and the Cebu local government in the promotion of tourism in Cebu. Through digital and social media, we can showcase our heritage to more people around the world through locally generated content.” said Atty. Maria Jane Paredes, senior manager for Public Affairs Group, Smart.

A Guide To Sinulog 2012 demo on the iPad

MyCebu.ph editor Marlen Limpag and Lourdes Gocotano of Smart Public Affairs Vis Min demo the iPad edition of A Guide To Sinulog 2012, an ebook that can be viewed on tablets, smartphones and ereaders. The guidebook will be offered for free download at the airport, Ayala Center Cebu, malls, hotels, resorts, restaurants and other tourism establishments in Cebu. Looking on is Sinulog Foundation executive director Ricky Ballesteros (left).

“Most travelers nowadays bring along tablets, e-readers or smartphones. An electronic guidebook would be very useful to them because they no longer need to carry around heavy books, including those that devote merely a chapter on Cebu or the Sinulog. You just download it once and you can read it anywhere and at anytime, even without an Internet connection.Our guidebook is an extensive resource that you take with you wherever you go,” said Marlen Limpag, MyCebu.ph editor.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind project. It’s a unique resource that would help our guests make the most of the biggest festival in the Philippines,” said Sinulog Foundation Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros.

The Sinulog guide contains helpful articles and tips on Cebu’s grandest festival. It contains the complete list of cultural and religious activities.

It also lists establishments near the procession and grand parade route where tourists can stay. It also contains offline maps of the procession and grand parade routes that readers can view even without an Internet connection. The ebook, however, also provides a link to a frequently updated and interactive online map that people can view if they are connected to the Internet.

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Casa Gorordo, home of Cebu’s first Filipino bishop

An authentic Spanish mansion with period furniture, the Casa Gorordo along Lopez Jaena St. in Cebu City showcases a lifestyle from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The stone and…

An authentic Spanish mansion with period furniture, the Casa Gorordo along Lopez Jaena St. in Cebu City showcases a lifestyle from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.

The stone and tile structure, restored and maintained as a museum by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), is one of few remaining houses called “balay nga tisa,” which was the building of choice of Cebu’s local rich families in the 1800’s.

Architect Melva R. Java, writing about island architecture in “Cebu: More Than an Island,” said the Spanish-period houses of coral stones and clay tile roofs depict a synthesis of “two world views–Asian transiency and Western permanence.”

SINUG SA RAFI. Every Monday after the Sinulog grand parade, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. holds a traditional "Sinug sa Rafi" at the Casa Gorordo. Click on photo to enlarge. (Photo by Max Limpag)

SINUG SA RAFI. Every Monday after the Sinulog grand parade, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. holds a traditional "Sinug sa Rafi" at the Casa Gorordo. Click on photo to enlarge. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Casa Gorordo’s lower floor served as storage spaces and probably also housed the horses and carriage like the other “balay nga tisa” of the landed gentry in colonial Cebu. Today, it accommodates museum offices and an area for art exhibitions.

The house’s lower floor walls are made of coral stones, and it bears all features typical of a balay nga bato: spacious interiors with ventanillas or vents below the window sills, sliding Capiz windows, and tugas posts and 12-inch wide floorboards.

An arch with intricate carvings of plants and birds separate the dining room or comedor from the landing and living room. At the end of the dining room is a kitchen typical of that period when the house was built.

Sliding doors open up into a wide balcony or azotea that runs by a long section of the house. Beside the house was built a new service building inspired by 19th century architecture and the garden, which has been landscaped, has been the venue of several events.

Aside from being one of the few remaining Spanish-period houses in the country, Casa Gorordo also gained prominence because it was the residence of Cebu’s first Filipino bishop.

The house was owned by the Reynes-Garces family before it was bought by Juan Isidro Gorordo, father of Juan Gorordo–who served as bishop of Cebu from 1910-1932, in 1863.

Casa Gorordo, which was declared a national landmark by the National Historical Institute in 1991, was opened by RAFI as a museum in 1983. Displayed inside the house are antique furniture and altar pieces as well as relics of a lifestyle at the turn of the century.

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Entrance fees are: P10 (elementary and high school students), P15 (college students), P40 (local), and P70 (foreign).

How to get there

Casa Gorordo is part of surviving heritage structures found in Parian, which got its name from the word “pari-pari (to barter or trade)” because it used to be the Chinese trading district of old. The area was the home of Cebu’s affluent citizens in the 19th century.

Parian is 20 to 30 minutes by cab from other areas in Cebu City.

Video tour

Click play on the YouTube video below to load a video tour of Casa Gorordo by its curator, Florencio Moreno II. Caution: the audio is loud because it is meant to be listened to on a phone without using earphones.

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Yap-Sandiego ancestral home: Soul of old Cebu

The house exudes the essence of a bygone era, a time already lived and long forgotten. You can feel it in the creaking of the wooden stairs and floorboards that…

The house exudes the essence of a bygone era, a time already lived and long forgotten.

You can feel it in the creaking of the wooden stairs and floorboards that sigh the burden of the years.

You can see it in the second floor banggera–an extended windowsill that continues to hold a clay jar for storing drinking water and chinaware, and Capiz windows as well as in the intricately carved old furniture and images of saints with their ivory heads and hands.

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home holds the distinction of being one of the oldest houses in the Philippines and possibly the oldest Chinese home outside of China. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home holds the distinction of being one of the oldest houses in the Philippines and possibly the oldest Chinese home outside of China. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)

Its cut coral stone walls, hardwood posts and beams, and roof of red clay tiles tell of a Cebu much, much younger and vastly different from what it is today.

Indeed, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home holds the distinction of being one of the oldest houses in the Philippines and possibly the oldest Chinese home outside of China.

Current house owner Val Sandiego, famous choreographer and antique collector, estimates its construction to be between 1675 to 1700.

“In 1614, the church of Parian was built. Then after around 60 years later, the house was put up,” said Sandiego, who is a descendant of original owners Don Juan Yap and his wife Doña Maria Florido. The couple’s eldest daughter married Don Mariano Sandiego of Obando, Bulacan–who was then the cabeza de barangay (barangay chief during the Spanish colonial period) of Parian where the structure is located.

The house’s roof and walls are 95 percent original, according to Sandiego, making this edifice that he and his family continue to live in during weekends a little over 300 years old.

The things inside are not nearly as ancient as the structure but some, like the huge mirror in the living room, are over a hundred years old. The mirror that now adorns the second floor wall of the Sandiego ancestral home was used on several occasions by Negros native Pantaleon Villegas, better known as Leon Kilat, who led the revolution against the Spaniards in Cebu in 1898.

Some of the images of saints have missing hands, stolen or sold because these were made of ivory which was how they used to do them back then.

Sandiego, who acquired ownership of the house in early 2000, did an expensive restoration work on the structure in 2003 and has since opened it and his antique collection to the public.

The house is open for visits from Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., for P50 per person.

How to get there

Parian, which was where the wealthy and influential Chinese mestizos lived during the Spanish period, is in downtown Cebu City and cab drivers know where it is. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home is across the towering Heritage of Cebu monument on the side of Mabini Street at the junction of Lopez Jaena.

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Schedule of cultural, religious activities during Sinulog 2012

Sinulog is the grandest fiesta celebration in the Philippines. It has several religious and cultural events scheduled to start as early as December. The highlight of the celebration, however, is…

Sinulog is the grandest fiesta celebration in the Philippines. It has several religious and cultural events scheduled to start as early as December. The highlight of the celebration, however, is the Sinulog weekend when the religious procession and grand parade are held.

The following are the official schedules of activities as announced by the Sinulog Foundation.

Sinulog 2012 cultural events

Dec 01, 2011 – Jan 31, 2012
Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.

December 11, 2011
2nd Sinulog Cup Baseball Tournament c/o Cebu City Sports Commission

December 12, 2011
Sinulog on the Spot Painting Contest @ Fort San Pedro

December 16, 2011
Launching and Sinulog Photo Exhibits @SM City

December 17, 2011
Sinulog Poster Making Contest @ Emall

December 18, 2011
Sinulog Best Dance Crew Elimination / Sinulog Musicfest Elimination

January 05, 2012 (Thursday)
Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 AM Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 AM Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 AM Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2012

January 06, 2012 (Friday)
Sinulog 2012 Kick Off
2:00PM Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño) sponsored by the Sinulog Foundation Inc . and Cebu City government
3:00 PM Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Niño to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00 PM Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
7:30 PM Ms. Cebu 2012 Presentation
9 :00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
10:00 PM Street Party Bands

January 07, 2012 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
8:00 AM 2nd SINULOG FOOTBALL CUP c/o Cebu City Sports Commission
1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) Department of Education, Cebu Province Division
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 08, 2012 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Kabataan- Dakbayan
4:00 AM Cebu City 2012 Marathon – www.cebumarathon.com
8:00 AM 2nd SINULOG FOOTBALL CUP c/o Cebu City Sports Commission
1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) University of San Carlos
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 09, 2012 (Monday)
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Cebu Institute of Technology University, St. Paul’s College Foundation
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 10, 2012 (Tuesday)
6:30 PM Cultural show (Fuente Osmeña) University of Cebu
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 11, 2012 (Wednesday)
9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña) Department of Education, Cebu City Division
7:00 PM Ms. Cebu 2012 Coronation Night, Cebu City Waterfront Lahug Hotel
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 11-22, 2012
Sinulog Fiesta “OTOP Fair 2012” Atrium A & B SM City Cebu Organized by Department of Trade & Industry -Cebu

January 12, 2012 (Thursday)
9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña) Salazar Colleges of Science Institute of Technology, Cebu Normal University, Asian College of Technology
6:00 PM Balik Cebu, Welcome Party @ Ayala Center Cebu
6:00 PM Sinulog Festival Queen 2012 Photo Shoot and Runway Competiton @SM City
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
8:00 PM Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 13, 2012 (Friday)
Visual Merchandising Contest(Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 AM Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña-Sto. Niño
9:00 AM Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent /Floats / Higante / Puppteeters Cebu City Sports Center Gym
5:00 PM Sinulog Best Dance Crew Grand Finals
6:00 PM Sinulog Musicfest Band Competition Grand Finals
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña) University of San Jose Recoletos, Southwestern University, Cebu Technological University
7:30 P.M Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum
7:30 P.M Sinulog Festival Queen 2012, Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 13-15, 2012
9:00 AM Devotees’ City organized by Cebu City Government

January 14, 2012 (Saturday)
6:00 AM Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
9:00 AM Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Sto. Niño
2:00 PM Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 PM Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 PM Street party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia
8:00 PM Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras @ Ayala Center Cebu

January 15, 2012 (Sunday) SINULOG GRAND PARADE
4:00 AM Mañanita Mass @Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 AM Pontifical mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9:00 AM Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 PM Grand Finale and Fireworks, Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 PM Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña

January 16, 2012 (Monday)
1:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies, Cebu City Sports Center

January 20, 2012 (Friday) “HUBO”
4:00 AM “HUBO Mass” Ritual @ Basilica del Sto. Niño

January 21-22, 2012
CEBU CHESS FESTIVAL – “WORLD’S LARGEST CHESS TOURNAMENT” @ the Cebu City Sports Center

January 28, 2012 (Saturday)
1:00 P.M Screening of Finalists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
6:00 P.M Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contest @SM City Cebu
January 30 – Feb. 10, 2012 Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ’12 @SM City Cebu

Schedule of religious activities and novena masses

January 05-13
Novena Masses- Pilgrim Sponsors
5:30 am City Parishes / Barangays
7:00 am Business Sectors
8:30 am Basic Education – Private Schools
10:00 am Parishes: District & Vicariate
11:30 am Business Sectors
1:00 pm Government Offices: City & Provincial
2:30 pm Basic Education – Public by Districts
4:00 pm Colleges
5:30 pm Universities
7:00 pm Archdiocesan Organizations, Movement & Communities

FIRST DAY NOVENA
January 05, 2012 (THURSDAY)
Dawn Procession – WALK WITH JESUS
4:00 am – Assembly Time – (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 am – FOOT PENITENTIAL PROCESSION
(Fuente Osmeña – Basilica)
Please bring with you rosaries, candles & statues of Sto. Niño
5:30 am – FIRST MASS
– INSTALLATION OF HERMANO & HERMANA MAYORES 2012 SECOND DAY NOVENA

January 06, 2012 (FRIDAY)
2:30 pm – OPENING SALVO SINULOG FOUNDATION

THIRD DAY NOVENA
January 07, 2012 (SATURDAY)

FOURTH DAY NOVENA
January 08, 2012 (SUNDAY)
8:30 am – CHILDREN’S MASS WITH COLEGIO DEL SANTO NIÑO

FIFTH DAY NOVENA
January 09, 2012 (MONDAY)

SIXTH DAY NOVENA
January 10, 2012 (TUESDAY)
7:00 pm – ENVIRONMENTAL MASS

SEVENTH DAY NOVENA
January 11, 2012 (WEDNESDAY)
8:30 pm – SENIOR CITIZEN’S NIGHT

EIGHTH DAY NOVENA
January 12, 2012 (THURSDAY)
8:30 pm – BARANGAY NIGHT

NINTH DAY NOVENA
January 13, 2012 (FRIDAY)
Dawn Procession – WALK WITH MARY
4:00 am – Assembly Time – (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 am – FOOT PENITENTIAL PROCESSION
(Fuente Osmeña – Basilica)
Please bring with you rosaries, candle & statues of Santo Niño.
5:30 am – MISA DE TRANSLACION
(Motorcade proceeds to National Shrine of St. Joseph, Mandaue City)
1-2 pm – DISTRICT TEACHERS TRADITIONAL HALAD
7:00 pm – RE-ENACTMENT OF THE FIRST WEDDING
8:30 pm – DEP Ed NIGHT

VESPERAS
January 14, 2012 (SATURDAY)
5:30 am – Visayan Mass
7:00 am – Mass for the OFW Families
7:00 am – FLUVIAL PROCESSION Ouano Wharf Mactan Bridge , Lapu-Lapu, Pasil
Pier 1
9:30 am – RE-ENACTMENT OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE IMAGE
10:00 am -RE-ENACTMENT OF THE FIRST MASS AND BAPTISM
1:00 pm – SOLEMN PROCESSION OF THE MIRACULOUS IMAGE
7:30 pm – PONTIFICAL MASS
7: 30 pm – Traditional Sinulog Offering
– Fireworks display

SOLEMNITY : FIESTA SEÑOR DAY
January 15, 2012 (SUNDAY)
4:00 pm – MAÑANITA MASS
6:00 pm – PONTIFICAL MASS
MOST REV. JOSE B. PALMA, D.D.
8:30 am – Augustinian Recollect Communities
10:00 am – Cebuano Mass
11:30 am – English Mass
1:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
2:20 pm – Cebuano Mass
4:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
5:30 pm – English Mass
7:00 pm – English Mass

THANKSGIVING MASS
January 16, 2012 (MONDAY)
5:00 am – Cebuano Mass
6:00 am – Cebuano Mass
7:00 am – English Mass
8:00 am – MASS FOR THE OFW’S
10:00 am – Cebuano Mass
11:30 am – English Mass
1:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
2:20 pm – Cebuano Mass
4:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
5:30 pm – English Mass
7:00 pm – English Mass

HUBO
January 20, 2012 (FRIDAY)
4:00 am – “HUBO MASS”
6: 00 am – Cebuano Mass
7:00 am – English Mass
8:00 am – English Mass
9:00 am – Cebuano Mass
10:00 am – Cebuano Mass
11:00 am – Cebuano Mass
12:00 am – English Mass
1:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
2:00 pm – English Mass
3:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
4:00 pm – Cebuano Mass
5:00 pm – English Mass
6:00 pm – English Mass
7:00 pm -English Mass

(This article is part of a project on Cebu tourism supported by Smart Communications, Inc., the wireless leader in the Philippines.)

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Sinulog 2012 Grand Parade Route

The Sinulog Carousel route for the grand parade has been unchanged for years. It starts on Natalio Bacalso Ave. near E-mall and then to the New Imus Road then turning…

The Sinulog Carousel route for the grand parade has been unchanged for years. It starts on Natalio Bacalso Ave. near E-mall and then to the New Imus Road then turning left to Gen. Maxilom Ave. then to Fuente Osmeña then left to Osmeña Blvd.

While Sinulog dancers usually perform on the streets, they are sure to do their routines in designated judging areas. We will confirm with organizers which areas these will be and once we get confirmation, we will indicate these on the map below. Please make sure to revisit this page when Sinulog nears to get a confirmation.

(This article is part of a project on Cebu tourism supported by Smart Communications, Inc., the wireless leader in the Philippines.)

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Smart brings mobile financial services to Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and long stretch of powdery white sand, is considered one of the tropical attractions of the Philippines. It is accessible via a 2-hour…

Bantayan Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and long stretch of powdery white sand, is considered one of the tropical attractions of the Philippines. It is accessible via a 2-hour land trip from Cebu City, plus a one-hour ferry ride from Hagnaya Port in northern Cebu.

The long trips to and from the island, however, have restricted the exploration of its beauty and other offerings. Island residents too, choose to stay within the confines of the territory, limiting their financial and social activities, and virtually isolating them from the Philippine mainland.

SMART MONEY. Bantayan Island residents can now avail themselves of mobile financial services with the opening of the first Smart Money Center in the island. (PHOTO BY SMART COMMUNICATIONS)

SMART MONEY. Bantayan Island residents can now avail themselves of mobile financial services with the opening of the first Smart Money Center in the island. (PHOTO BY SMART COMMUNICATIONS)

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More people join RAFI’s 2011 Gabii sa Kabilin

More than 2,500 participants attended the fifth annual Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. This is a significant increase from the 1,800 participants last year, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc….

More than 2,500 participants attended the fifth annual Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. This is a significant increase from the 1,800 participants last year, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. said in a press statement.

At the same time, the Gabii sa Kabilin featured 11 museums and seven heritage sites, which are more than the nine museums and heritage sites opened in 2010.

ORCHESTRA. The Marigondon Public School Children’s Orchestra perform on the grounds of the Casa Gorordo Museum during the Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. Click on image to view larger photograph. (PHOTO BY RAFI)

ORCHESTRA. The Marigondon Public School Children’s Orchestra perform on the grounds of the Casa Gorordo Museum during the Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. Click on image to view larger photograph. (PHOTO BY RAFI)

This year’s participating museums included the Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Fort San Pedro, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Museo Sugbo, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)-Rizal Museum, Museuo Parian sa Sugbo (1730 Jesuit House), Sacred Heart Alternative Gallery, Cebu Normal University (CNU) Museum, Cebu City Museum, and Mandaue City Central Plaza. The heritage sites include Plaza Independencia, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Sacred Heart Church, Heritage of Cebu Monument (Plaza Parian), Plaza Hamabar, and Plaza Sugbo.

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