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The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 2019 Sinulog Festival

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) Check out what happened during Cebu's 39th Sinulog Festival!

WATCH: Sinulog 2019 Mass in Cebu

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:17 PM

The Sinulog 2019 Mass on January 20 is led by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

LOOK: Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down Imee Marcos tarp

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

‘Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization of Sinulog,’ says the mayor, who has ordered a team to take down other such tarpaulins along the parade route

A FAVOR. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down a Sinulog-themed tarpaulin by Imee Marcos since "Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization" of the annual festival. Photo from Tommy Osmeña's Facebook Page.

Sinulog Festival 2019: What's new, what to expect

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Attending this year’s Sinulog Festival? Here’s a simple guide to help you make the most of the celebration.

SHAGIT UG KUSOG. Scenes from Sinulog 2015. Photo by Line Arias

SCHEDULE: Sinulog 2019 activities

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The theme of Sinulog 2019 is: 'Sto. Niño: Guide of God’s Children to Humility and Service'

PIT SEÑOR. Devotees carry their replicas of the Santo Niño de Cebu in one of the masses for the 9-day Novena in honor of the Child Jesus. Photo courtesy of Harold Ballener

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV

IN PHOTOS: Cebuanos celebrate Sinulog 2018

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Cebu celebrates its annual festival with dance, music, and homage to the child Jesus

Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

PANOORIN: Pista ng Santo Niño, ipinagdiwang sa Tondo

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Mula sa isang balkonahe, binasbasan ng mga pari ang samu't saring imahen ng Santo Niño na bitbit ng mga deboto

INFANT JESUS. Devotees raise their Santo Niño images to have these blessed at the Santo Niño de Tondo parish in Manila on January 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Devotees pray to Santo Niño for health, Duterte 'wisdom'

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:05 AM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds his flock on the Santo Niño's feast day, 'Maging bata muli'

BLESSING OF IMAGES. Santo Niño devotees have their images blessed outside the Santo Niño de Tondo Church on January 21, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Shaila Mae Rebortera is Cebu's Sinulog Queen 2018

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Shaila also bags the lion's share of corporate awards at the competition

Photo by Mars G. Alison

IN PHOTOS: The Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 runway competition

Jan 19, 2018 - 12:10 PM

A new Sinulog Queen will be crowned on January 19

Photo by Nathan Soriano/Rappler

Search for the Next Mary Joy Tabal in the Visayas begins

Dec 30, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The PSC would like to find another running talent like Cebu's Mary Joy Tabal

SEARCH IS ON. PSC will sponsor two fun runs as part of the Visayas Open Tournament with the goal of finding long-distance runners who can follow in the footsteps of Mary Joy Tabal. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Sinulog: PH Navy opens warship Andres Bonifacio to public

Jan 16, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Cebuano chief of the Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado is a devotee of Santo Niño

NEWEST WARSHIP. The Philippine Navy acquired BRP Andres Bonifacio from the US Coast Guard. Photo by Rappler

With Cebu City cell sites down, Sinulog revelers switch to FireChat

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Cebuanos turn to the popular app to send and receive messages as the city shuts down its cellular network over terrorism concerns

A Sinulog story of love and devotion

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:13 AM

The love story of devotees Irish and Edwin Labatus traces its roots from the Sinulog celebration

FAMILY TRADITION. The Labatus family takes a pose after the fluvial procession. All photos by Apple Grace Danuco/Rappler

Cebu to shut down cellular signals during Sinulog

Jan 13, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña says the network shutdown is necessary for security and gives assurances that police and medical personnel will remain easily reachable

SAFETY MEASURES. The Cebu City government is undertaking security measures in preparation for this year's celebration of the Sinulog Festival. Rappler file photo

The Santo Niño, IEC and Cebuano faith

Jan 24, 2016 - 8:48 AM

I have realized that at the core of Catholic Cebuano identity is an undying passion for prayer and love for the Santo Niño

Tighter security for IEC in Cebu after Jakarta attacks

Jan 23, 2016 - 7:36 PM

UPDATED The international conference is taking place more than a week after the deadly terrorist attacks in Jakarta

CRADLE OF CHRISTIANITY. A Catholic procession is held outside the venue of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu City. The IEC runs from January 24 to 31, 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

LIVE: Spectrum PH invades Sinulog 2016

Jan 17, 2016 - 6:21 PM

Spectrum Philippines caps off Sinulog Festival with the latest leg of the Invasion Tour at Fooda Mango Avenue Cebu City

Crowd boos VP Binay at Cebu's Sinulog festival

Jan 17, 2016 - 2:36 PM

The booing came from the Liberal Party contingent the Binay camp alleges

Vice President Jejomar Binay at the NAIA Terminal 3, January 16, 2016. Jedwin Llobrera/File/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Cebu celebrates Sinulog 2016

Jan 16, 2016 - 9:27 PM

See photos of the festivities and street parties at Sinulog 2016

SINULOG 2016. The annual festival is well on its way in Cebu. Screengrab from Instagram/samuie

FAST FACTS: Things to know about Sinulog

Jan 16, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Held every January Sinulog aims to connect the country s rich pagan history with its Christian traditions

Sinulog 2016: Cebu City road closures

Jan 15, 2016 - 5:18 PM

The Cebu City Transportation Office issues the following advisories in preparation for the Sinulog festival

Cebu City to fine smokers at Sinulog festival

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:20 PM

A city ordinance imposes fines of up to P1 500 on smoking and P500 on littering starting on January 11

Sinulog organizers ban street parties along parade route

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:44 PM

Festival organizers move to ban street parties drones and political campaigning They clarify that only street parties along the route of the parade will be banned

Sinulog 2016 schedule of activities

Dec 31, 2015 - 5:07 PM

Check out the schedule for the 2016 Sinulog Festival in Cebu City

Metro Cebu roads closed for Sinulog parade

Apr 28, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Activities for the 450th founding anniversary of the Basilica del Santo Niño including a Sinulog parade will occupy some roads starting 3 pm April 28

Why would a devotee ditch the Pope for Sinulog?

Jan 21, 2015 - 5:04 PM

This mother works in Manila away from her family in Cebu If she keeps the tradition of joining the Santo Niño procession every year maybe her prayer for an intact family will be answered

My Sinulog: The personal and the collective

Jan 19, 2015 - 9:13 PM

It is the festival s befores and afters I find endearing reflects writer Jona Branzuela Bering

Fast Facts: What you should know about Cebu

Aug 06, 2014 - 5:15 PM

The province of Cebu celebrates its 445th founding anniversary on August 6

Metro Cebu at night

Discovering the beauty of the Camotes Islands by accident

Feb 01, 2014 - 12:00 PM

How post Sinulog plans gone wrong led to the accidental discovery of a hidden island paradise

DISCOVER CAMOTES. A small group of islands in the Visayan sea, the Camotes islands are ripe for discovering.

The Sto Niño: Wandering boy from the lost district

Jan 18, 2014 - 2:48 PM

Believing in the Sto Niño is part of the Filipinos search for their own little miracles

After quake, Yolanda, 'thankful' Cebu celebrates Sinulog

Jan 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM

After a tumultuous year of disasters – both natural and man made – Cebuanos look forward to celebrating during this year s Sinulog festivities

PREPARATIONS. Vendors outside the Basilica del Santo Niño look forward to a busy week thanks for the feast of the child Jesus. Photo by Rappler

How to survive Sinulog and other Philippine festivals

Jan 10, 2014 - 9:30 PM

Here s your cheat sheet for a hassle free experience

PIT SENYOR! Colors and smiles filled the #Sinulog2013 Grand Parade, regarded as the 'Philippine Mardi Gras.' All photos by Charlie Saceda

PHOTOS: Colors of Sinulog 2013

Jan 22, 2013 - 7:44 PM

During Sinulog 2013 colors exploded streets were filled with dancing lechon was consumed beer flowed and devotion was offered to the Santo Niño for whom people cried Viva Pit Señor

SPECTACULAR! SPECTACULAR! Costumes of every shape and color turned the parade into eye-candy. All photos by Pia Ranada

PHOTOS: Ati-Atihan 2013

Jan 21, 2013 - 9:48 PM

As the Sinulog was happening in Cebu Ati Atihan was happening in Kalibo Check out our photos

VIVA, SANTO NINO! The Ati-Atihan festival is said to be the oldest in honor of the Child Jesus. All photos by Nap Beltran of PhotoworldManila

SHOWBITZ: Celebrities at #Sinulog2013

Jan 21, 2013 - 6:07 PM

The Sinulog festival was a party and where there are parties there are celebrities Check out the snapshots we managed to get

HONORING THE CHILD JESUS WHILE PROMOTING PROJECTS. Celebrities joined the #Sinulog2013 festivities to promote their upcoming projects to the 4 million-strong crowd. All photos by Andrea Lugue

PHOTOS: Sinulog 2013

Jan 21, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Let us take you to Sinulog2013 with these photos from photo journalist Charlie Saceda

PIT SENYOR! Colors and smiles filled the #Sinulog2013 Grand Parade, regarded as the 'Philippine Mardi Gras.' All photos by Charlie Saceda

Garcia leaves Cebu Capitol to dance in Sinulog

Jan 20, 2013 - 6:16 PM

This is the first time Garcia has left the Capitol after she was served her suspension

Photo courtesy of Carissa G. Aznar-Beane and Paulo Garcia

The meaning of ‘Pit Señor’

Jan 20, 2013 - 1:13 PM

As a child Sinulog to me meant bright lights street dancing and extravagant floats and arches It was when I got a little older that I began to understand the relevance of the celebration

Devotees flock to the Basilica del Sto. Niño in Cebu City for the feast of the Holy Child Jesus. Photo by Jon Cabiles

#PHTravel: Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, and Dinagyang

Jan 19, 2013 - 8:18 AM

3 major festivals greet Filipinos in January Take your pick

PNoy snubbed at Sinulog?

Jan 17, 2013 - 5:48 PM

On January 20 the culmination of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu PNoy will be in Zamboanga

UNINVITED? President Benigno Aquino III in an interview with Rappler last October 2012

Cebu eyes non-traditional tourists during Sinulog weekend

Jan 10, 2013 - 10:54 AM

Businessmen are eyeing to grow the number of tourists coming from non traditional markets like Russia or Europe

BOOST IN TOURISM. Religious festivals like Sinulog, a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño that brings street dancers and musicians to Cebu City, are big crowd drawers. This file AFP photo was taken in 2007

Miss Tourism International Rizzini Gomez to dance in Sinulog

Jan 09, 2013 - 5:03 PM

Former Sinulog Festival Queen Rizzini Alexis Gomez returns to the festival after winning the beauty pageant on New Year s eve

REYNA JUANA. Rizzini Alexis Gomez will lead the Sinulog finale dance on January 20 as the queen who received the image of the Child Jesus. Photo from the Rizzini Alexis Gomez Facebook page

Sinulog 2012

Jan 16, 2012 - 5:30 PM

Photographer Charlie Saceda gives us snapshots of the color and creativity that makes the yearly Sinulog festival a top draw

STREET DANCING. Sinulog is all about street dancers in colorful costumes depicting the early shift to Christianity by the pagan islanders.

It's Sinulog time in Cebu!

Jan 04, 2012 - 9:56 AM

The city government is spending P40 M to showcase Cebu s best