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Cebuanos, how are you celebrating Sinulog in honor of Fiesta Santo Niño during the pandemic?

It’s decided: Fiesta Señor activities and the Sinulog Festival are postponed.

The Sinulog Festival is among the major fiestas in the country and is attended by people from all over the world. The festival has a special place in the hearts of Cebuanos as it commemorates how the pre-colonial pagan Filipinos accepted Christianity.

As early as December, the chief of the Cebu City Police Office suggested postponing physical activities, such as the Mardi-gras style parade, to avoid a spike of COVID-19 cases in the province.

By January 9, the Sinulog festival steering committee yielded to this recommendation and announced the postponement of all physical and even virtual activities of the festival. This is the first time in over 4 decades that the festival has been postponed due to any reason.

Initially, the committee wanted to continue with the awaited dance competition, which was scheduled for January 17.

While the festival's social activities were canceled, all the religious services in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu would push through with strict compliance to health protocols.

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, wants to know how Cebuanos and other Filipinos are celebrating the Pit Señor in their homes. Here’s how you can share with us your Sinulog-at-home experience:

Step 1. Take a photo or video

Using a camera or your smartphone, take a photo or a short clip of how your families are celebrating Sinulog in your houses. Make sure to

Step 2. Submit!

You can send the photos, videos, captions, and other relevant information to move.ph@rappler.com. Please put Sinulog-at-home in the subject line of your email.

You can also send your entries via Facebook or Twitter. When submitting via social media, remember to tag @MovePH and make your post public. You may also use the hashtag #Sinulog2021 in your posts.

Do you want your story to be heard as well? Send your entry to move.ph@rappler.com!  – Rappler.com