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Sinulog has always been a grand celebration for us Cebuanos, commemorating the child Jesus’s presence in our island. For Sinulog 2020, the theme of the celebration will be Sto. Niño: Cause of our Unity and Charity.

Every year, local and foreign visitors come by to enjoy the festivities with the locals, especially the street parties.  But, for the last five years, these street parties have been absent, as previous mayor Osmena banned such activities.  There was a clamor to bring back the glory days and with present mayor Labella, street parties may be back for Sinulog 2020.  This direction is undergoing a careful evaluation based on the information gathered from the past years with street parties.

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Photo by Wynn Loner Uy

The possibility of street parties happening is not far out so, what do you need to prepare for such?  According to Mayor Labella, there will be side events throughout the celebration, showcasing grandeur and vibrant colors for the spectators to witness.  With this in mind, we can expect a lot of walking to happen in order to appreciate the various sights that will be in store for us.

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Photo by Migz Rizarri

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Photo by Ryann Ablen
Photo from our Royal Photographer Charlesci Visuals

But before we dwell further on the street parties to enjoy, let’s not forget that the Sinulog festival is all about our faith, that usually starts with the launching ceremony.  This is the communicated list of the usual activities lined up to commence the Sinulog festival and may change as the festival date draws near.

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MASS SCHEDULES and ACTIVITIES

Preliminary Activities: January 6, 2020

9:00 AM Inter-Agency Send-off Mass
Venue: Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center

10:00 AM – Holy Mass

Day 1: January 9, 2020 (Thursday)
Day 2: January 10, 2020 (Friday)
Days 3 – 8: January 11 – 16, 2020 (Saturday – Thursday)
Day 9: January 17, 2020 (Friday)
Day 10: January 18, 2020 (Saturday) – Visperas Day
Day 11: January 19, 2020 (Sunday) – Fiesta Señor Day
Day 12: January 20, 2020 (Monday) – Thanksgiving Day
January 24, 2020 (Friday) Adlaw sa Hubo

See below the Fiesta Señor 2020 General Programme with the theme, Sto. Niño: Cause of our Unity and Charity

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1st DAY NOVENA – OPENING SALVO
Day 1: JANUARY 9, 2020 (THURSDAY)
3:00 AM – Assembly Time at Fuente Osmeña
4:00 AM – Start of the Penitential Walk with Jesus
  (Route: Fuente Osmeña – Osmeña Boulevard – Basilica)
5:30 AM – Solemn Mass for the Opening Salvo (Cebuano)
            – Installation of Hermano Mayor and Hermana Mayores 2020
               Venue: Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

2nd DAY NOVENA
Day 2: JANUARY 10, 2020 (FRIDAY)

4:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
MASS FOR THE OPENING SALVO OF SINULOG FESTIVAL
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

3rd DAY NOVENA
Day 3: JANUARY 11, 2020 (SATURDAY)

4:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

4th DAY NOVENA
Day 4: JANUARY 12, 2020 (SUNDAY)

4:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
CHILDREN’S MASS
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

5th TO 8TH DAY NOVENA
Day 5 – 8: JANUARY 13 – 16, 2020 (MONDAY – THURSDAY)

4:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

9th DAY NOVENA
Day 9: JANUARY 17, 2020 (FRIDAY)

3:00 AM – Assembly Time at Fuente Osmeña
(to be joined by the procession from Guadalupe Parish)
4:00 AM – WALK WITH MARY
               (Route: Fuente Osmeña – Osmeña Boulevard – Basilica)  
5:30 AM – MISA DE TRASLACION (Cebuano)
               Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center
              (Immediately after the Mass, the Traslacion takes places to National Shrine of Saint Joseph, Mandaue, of the pilgrim images of Señor Sto. Niño de Cebu and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Cebu)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
12:30 PM – DepEd RO7 Traditional “HALAD” (Dance Offering)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

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VISPERAS DAY
Day 10: JANUARY 18, 2020 (SATURDAY)

11:00 PM – January 17 – Mass at National Shrine of Joseph, Mandaue City
for the Send-off of the Pilgrim Images to Lapu-Lapu City
12:00 MN – Traslacion from National Shrine of Saint Joseph to the
                  National Shrine of Virgen de Regla
4:00 AM – Holy Mass and Send-off for the Fluvial Procession
5:300 AM – Short Procession from the Nuestra Señora de Regla to NAVFORCEN
6:00 AM – FLUVIAL PROCESSION at Mactan Channel 9:00 AM – Solemn Mass in Commemoration of the FIRST BAPTISM & MASS AND FIRST WEDDING
                   Traditional “Halad” (Dance Offering)

MASSES AT THE BASILICA
5:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)

1:00 PM – SOLEMN PROCESSION
Route: Basilica – Osmeña Boulevard – Left to Colon St. – right to Leon Kilat St. – traversing N. Bacalso to J. Alcantara St. – right to V. Rama St. – right to B. Rodriguez St. – right to Fuente Osmeña – right to Osmeña Blvd. – left to P. Del Rosario St. – right to Junquera St. – left to Colon St. – right to D. Jackosalem St. – left to Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica

6:00 PM – MISA PONTIFICAL DE VISPERAS
(after the mass, One hour TRADITIONAL SINULOG dance offering)

FIESTA  SEÑOR DAY
DAY 11: JANUARY 19, 2020 (SUNDAY)

4:00 – Mañanita Mass
6:00 – MISA PONTIFICAL DE LA “FIESTA SEÑOR”
by His Excellency Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD
8:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
                  All Masses of the Fiesta Señor will be concluded with the Traditional Sinulog Dance

THANKSGIVING DAY
DAY 12: JANUARY 20, 2020 (MONDAY)

6:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM –  Holy Mass (Cebuano)
                Commemoration Mass for the Deceased members of the
                Cofradia del Sto. Niño de Cebu
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
   Mass for All the Sick and the Aged
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)

ADLAW SA HUBO
JANUARY 24, 2020 (FRIDAY)

4:00 AM – Misa Solemne sa “HUBO” with Traditional Sinulog Dance
6:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
9:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
12:00 NN – Holy Mass (English)
1:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
3:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
6:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
7:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)

SPECIAL WEEKDAY MASSES
JANUARY 25 – 30, 2020 (FRIDAY)

6:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
12:15 PM – Holy Mass (English)
2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
3:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
4:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
5:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
              NB: January 25, 2020 will be a Sunday anticipated Mass

For your guidance, check out these maps.

Photo from Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Facebook Page

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To those who cannot attend the mass at Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, you can opt to watch the live streaming of the novena mass here Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu on the schedule posted below:

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At the end of the day, everyone on the streets would want to have good memories of the festivities to look back.  With these reminders, safety and security should always be the top priority for everyone. Pit Senyor!

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