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It’s Sinulog time in Cebu!

Rappler.com
The city government is spending P40-M to showcase Cebu's best

The grand prize winner in last year’s Sinulog, Masbate Tribu Himag-Ulaw. (Video from the official Sinulog website)

MANILA, Philippines – It’s that time of the year again, and Cebu is all geared up for it.

The opening salvo for Cebu City’s annual Sinulog festivities begins on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. This year’s theme projects the city as a “city of culture,” so expect Cebu to showcase its outstanding creations.

You still have time to book your flights to make it to the Jan. 15 grand parade, where world-class furniture, artwork and other creative pieces of Cebu designers and artists will take center stage.

About P40 million is expected to be spent for the grand parade and the festival, which stretches until early February, according to reports.

President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay have been invited to watch the much-touted parade.

Kick-off ceremonies will be held on Friday, Jan. 6; there will be a 2 p.m. mass on that day, too, at the Basilica del Sto. Niño.

The grand parade on Jan. 15 will open with a Mass by Cebu Cardinal Ricardo Vidal.

Check out the schedule of activities here. – Rappler.com