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180 boats join Sinulog 2023 fluvial procession

John Sitchon
180 boats join Sinulog 2023 fluvial procession

STAR OF THE SHOW. A devotee lifts an image of the Santo Niño or the Holy Christ Child as a fluvial procession of 180 boats pass beneath the the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).

Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

A shower of blooms rain down as the fleet in honor of the Santo Niño passes beneath the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

CEBU, Philippines – Nearly 200 vessels and watercraft joined the Fluvial Procession for the 458th Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival along the Mactan Channel on Saturday, January 14.

While there were large barges, tugboats, and commercial ferries, there were more small boats of fisherfolk and operators of boats that take tourists around the coastline of the Cebu mainland and its islands.

The fleet of participating vessels passed under the iconic Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).

The Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas said around 180 vessels and watercraft registered for the event, including 131 motor bancas, 16 yachts, 17 tugboats, and 17 vessels under 300 gross tonnage.

SHOWER OF BLOOMS. The fluvial procession of the 458th Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival passes under the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX)  where security personnel throw flower petals. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rapper.

Many vessels were full of devotees who raised images of the Santo Niño or the Holy Child Jesus.

PCG Central Visayas hosted officials, guests, and journalists on the LC 299.

DEVOTEES AT SEA. Nearly 200 boats joined the 458th Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival along the Mactan Channel on Saturday, January 14.

The fluvial procession, a highlight of the Sinulog festival, was scuttled during the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. – Rappler.com

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