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Experience Sinulog by experiencing the food and culture in Cebu! And by doing so, you get to learn more about the celebrations, the people and the many local delicacies that will definitely tickle your taste buds!

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While your in Cebu for the Celebration, you may want to visit some of the hidden gems, museums, heritage sites or even the tourists spots in Cebu! From the best beaches, to temples, or perhaps some surprising places you never thought existed. You will surely be awed by the richness of Cebu's heritage through Tours we recommend to you...

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Experience Sinulog shall aim to provide you the latest in Sinulog News, from the organizers' perspective to the lay-person. We will provide you with some interesting developments and stories just so you can prepare and be guided with your to do's and look forward for the upcoming Sinulog season..

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Aside from the latest updates of the present, we seek to also educate you with Cebu and of Sinulog's culture and rich history. From the deep religous aspect to the pre-hispanic roots, you will surely find this blog worth reading whatever you purpose for visit maybe.

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Lunes, Enero 9, 2012

Batobalani sa Gugma Lyrics for Santo Niño

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This is very much familiar to Cebuanos and Devotees for it is sung every novena mass leading up to the Sinulog Festivities. More than just a time for festivities and partying, the core of the feast of the Sto. Niño de Cebu is the celebration of the institution of Christianity in the Philippines - the story as told in the Gozos (Batobalani sa Gugma).

A quick word etymology breakdown: Batobalani is said to mean magnet while gugma means love. During the novena for the Sto. Niño, the Gozos will be sung by the devotees as they wave their hands up in the air. The video I took is only about 2 minutes for I had to take some photos as well, the full song is about 6-7 minutes.

Batobalani sa Gugma Lyrics:
Bato balani sa gugma,
Sa daang tawo palangga.


Dinhi sa siyudad sa Sugbo
ang matahum mong larawan.
sa unang mga misyonero,
sa usang balay hipalgan.
Kanila ikaw nagpakita
gikan da sa imong gugma.


Giludhan ka ug gisimba
niadtong mga kaparian
sa tanang mga katawhan
sa mga ponoan nila:
kay sa pagtan-aw kanimo
Kristiyanos sila nahimo.


Ang simbahan gipatindog
niadtong mga tawhana,
aron ang larawan nimo
dunay usang puluyanan.
ug didto gihangyo nila
nga kaluy-an nimo sila.


Nangayo kami kanimo
nga ang matahum mong larawan,
sa sulud sa kalag namo
makahimog puluyanan,
kay sa tanang kinahanglan
ikaw ang among dalangpan.

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Linggo, Enero 8, 2012

Santo Niño Images Exhibit in Ayala Center Cebu

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Another Kicking off event for this year’s Fiesta Señor, Ayala Center Cebu opened its annual Sto. Niño Exhibit recently at the Exhibit Area 2, between Bo's Coffee and Figaro Coffee at the 2nd level of the mall. The various images of the Sto. Niño shown in this year's collection are images that are owned, worshipped and treasured by generations of families, donated, borrowed either from Chapels, private altars or in the most sacred places in family homes of prominent individuals and families.

Here's a few sample shots of the Images
The Sto. Niño exhibit is open daily during mall hours from until January 20, 2011.

About the Santo Niño Exhibit:

The exhibit aims to entice mallers to attend the 9-day novena which started earlier as well as venerate their “Kabilin”/Heritage from their parents and great grand parents as a token of love, unity and peace throughout the world.

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2012 Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan Winners!

The Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan 2012 has recently concluded and below is the list of the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan 2012 Winners:

Grand Champion - Bulacao Community School
2nd Place Winner - Punta Princesa Elementary School
3rd Place Winner - Zapatera Elementary School
4th Place Winner - Cebu City Central School
5th Place Winner - Mambaling Elementary School

Special Awards
Best in Costume - Zapatera Elementary School
Best in Musicality - Labangon Bliss Elementary School

Grand Champion - Abellana National School
2nd Place Winner - Apas National High School
3rd Place Winner - Barrio Luz National High School
4th Place Winner - Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. Memorial National High School
5th Place Winner - Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School

Special Awards
Best in Costume - Abellana National School
Best in Musicality - Apas National High School
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Sabado, Enero 7, 2012

Ayala Center Cebu's 'Balik Cebu Program'

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In the midst of the arrival of hundreds of balikbayan tourists for the Sinulog festival, the Balik Cebu Program was once again launched in coordination with the Cebu City and the provincial government of Cebu, CHI and tourism stakeholders.

The Sinulog Event is an invitation to everyone from various parts of the archipelago, and even across the globe to come and visit Cebu, the gateway to the fiesta islands.

After a decade of partnership, Ayala Center Cebu and Cebu Holdings Inc. once again join Cebu City Tourism Commission for the 11th year of Balik Cebu Program. The Balik Cebu Program aims to offer tourists an unparalleled Cebu experience.

Located beside the Concierge in Ayala Center Cebu (across Rustan’s and Guess), the booth will be open during mall hours to hand out event guides and provide information to balikbayans about the different activities on the Sinulog Festival.

With many tourists arriving in the city everyday to join in the Sinulog celebrations, Ayala Center Cebu has set up the Balik Cebu Booth at the Level 1 of Paseo Marina. Open during mall hours starting January 6 to January 14, the booth will serve as an information center for the coming Sinulog events. Tickets for some Sinulog events such as grandstand passes for the Sinulog Grand Parade and Balik Cebu Dinner Party will be available at the booth as well.

About Balik Cebu:
First launched in 2002, the “Balik Cebu” committee put together activities to help welcome our balikbayans who come home to pay homage to Sr. Sto. Niño and join the revelry of the Sinulog Festival.

The “Balik Cebu” program will be providing several perks and travel assistance to balikbayans including the establishment of a “Balik Cebu” counter at the Ayala Center Cebu (ACC).

Balik Cebu has become a more-than-a-decade-long institutionalized program strongly supported by CHI, the company which owns and manages landmark projects in Cebu like Cebu Business Park, Ayala Center Cebu, Asiatown IT Park, City Sports Club Cebu and Amara with newly rising property developments such as 1016 Residences and also ALVEO.

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Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan Winners

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Here are the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan Winners for this year 2012!! 

Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan per category:
Sinulog sa Kabataan ELEMENTARY:
Best in Costume: Danao City East District, Danao City Central School
Best in Musicality: Danao City East District, Danao City CentralSchool
1st: Danao City East District, Danao City Central School
2nd: Tuyan Central Elementary School
3rd: San Roque Elementary School (last year's champion)
4th: Bogo City Division
5th: Santa Filomena Elementary School

Sinulog sa kabataan SECONDARY:
Best in Costume: Carcar City Division
Best in Musicality: Carcar City Division

1st: Carcar City Division (defending champion)
2nd: Toledo National Vocational School
3rd: Lawaan National High School
4th: Medellin National High School
5th: Maslog National High School

So, who will take the crown next year? will it still be the defending champs? we will see the new set of Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan next year!
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Biyernes, Enero 6, 2012

Dawn Procession: Sinulog 2012 Kick off!

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Cebu City is now officially getting ready for its biggest religious celebration, the Fiesta Señor or the feast day of the Sto. Niño, and of course the Sinulog Street Parade! The Dawn Procession which practically signals the start of the Celebrations leading towards sinulog happened last January 5 at dawn of course.

It kicks off at dawn (4AM) with the penitential foot procession “Walk with Jesus” from Fuente Osmeña through Osmeña Blvd. to Colon St., leading to the Basilica.

The first day of the nine-day novena masses in honor of the Sto. Niño will be on Thursday, January 5, at the Basilica del Sto. Niño then various masses will follow dedicated to specific topic-intentions. This procession could have easily reached 100,000 but who knows, it seemed to be more than that. Anyway, stay tuned for more Sinulog News!!!

Photo Source: MyCebuPhotoBlog
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Huwebes, Enero 5, 2012

Miss Cebu 2012 Candidates & Coronation Night

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If you are a big fan of the annual Miss Cebu Pageant, then here's what you're looking for! First and foremost, Miss Cebu 2012 Pageant Night is also live stream on Local TV Channel Studio 23.  Here are the Official Cebuana Candidates for Miss Cebu 2012 with Scheduled Pre-Pageant Night (open for public) at Fuente Osmeña Circle on January 6, 2012, 7:30pm and Pageant Night on January 11, 2012, 6:30pm at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Miss Cebu 2012 Official Candidates:
   1. Michelle Angelique A Tan
   2. Ann Caryl S Gotingco
   3. Mary Hazel Haruka T Watabe
   4. Rachel Chloe T Palang
   5. Cynthia Lois D Tac-an
   6. Pierre Anther G. Infante
   7. Ella Beverly P. Sarmago
   8. Herlie Kim T. Artugue
   9. April Ann Claire R White
  10. Jonnie Rose Louise R Wee
  11. Shannen R. Abarquez
  12. Lesly Ane P Fernandez

Miss Cebu 2012 online voting booths gives everyone an opportunity to vote for Miss Photogenic via online voting until January 8, 2012. Miss Cebu 2012 online voting booths is located at 3rd level Ayala Center Cebu - Paseo Solana and at 2nd floor SM Cebu City Northwing . Anyone with a valid registered email address is eligible to vote.

You can also vote online through* Online Votes will comprise 50% of the criteria for Miss Photogenic.

For updates and Photos of Miss Cebu 2012 candidates join the Miss Cebu community on Facebook at*

Content & Photos here are from Cebu City Tourism Commission.

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Miss Cebu requirements and qualification
Miss Cebu 2011 Winners
Miss Cebu 2011 Candidates
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