Sin­u­log opens with pa­rade, Mass

“Aside from be­ing peace­ful, let's keep the city clean” was the open­ing mes­sage of Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña to hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors dur­ing the Open­ing Salvo at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

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He urged the Ce­buanos to co­op­er­ate with the city gov­ern­ment in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new poli­cies that is geared to­wards peace and or­der dur­ing the Sin­u­log cel­e­bra­tion this year.

“So many peo­ple, so many spon­sors, so many sac­ri­fices, so many pil­grims are com­ing here and I am the most ner­vous per­son in Cebu City be­cause if any­thing hap­pens, I will ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

Os­meña also thanked all vol­un­teers and spon­sors for mak­ing the launch­ing suc­cess­ful and peace­ful.

The mayor said he is hop­ing that all ac­tiv­i­ties of the Sin­u­log will be suc­cess­ful and peace­ful as planned.

“On be­half of the Sin­u­log Foun­da­tion of which I'm the chair­man, and of course as your mayor of Cebu City, we have of­fi­cially an­nounced the open­ing so please co­op­er­ate and tell your friends let's keep the city clean. Aside from be­ing peace­ful, let's keep the city clean,” he added.

Au­thor­i­ties pegged the crowd who wit­nessed the launch­ing pa­rade at 20,000.

Os­meña vowed that the city and SFI will con­tinue mak­ing im­prove­ments ev­ery year to make Sin­u­log grander, more peace­ful and or­derly.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors went out of the streets to wit­ness the launch­ing pa­rade yes­ter­day af­ter­noon from Basil­ica Mi­nore del Sto. Niño to the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.

The 13 can­di­dates of this year's Sin­u­log Fes­ti­val Queen were on board the Cebu City's Call Cen­ter Pro­gram float.

At least 13 dance troupes of var­i­ous schools and uni­ver­si­ties in Cebu also par­tic­i­pated with their drum and bu­gle corps.

The par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in­clude the Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos, Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion, Cebu Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity, Univer­sity of San Car­los, Salazar Col­leges of Science and In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Abel­lana Na­tional School, Univer­sity of the Visayas, Univer­sity of Cebu, Cebu Doc­tors' Univer­sity, Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy – Univer­sity, In­di­ana Aero­space Univer­sity, Man­daue City School for the Arts, and Man­daue Science High School.

Dur­ing the 2:30 p.m. open­ing salvo Mass yes­ter­day, Mon­signor Roberto Alesna chal­lenged the devo­tees of the Holy Child to put their de­vo­tion to ac­tion.

Alesna said he has been read­ing re­ports that mil­lions of peo­ple have joined the pro­ces­sion of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo and he is ex­pect­ing that mil­lions of peo­ple will also join the pro­ces­sion of the Holy Child next week.

“Our de­vo­tion with­out mis­sion is empty,” he said.

Sev­eral of­fi­cials led the launch­ing pa­rade such as Os­meña and his wife, Coun­cilor Mar­garita Os­meña, Vice Mayor Edgardo La­bella, and City Coun­cilors Ray­mond Alvin Garcia, Jo­ce­lyn Pes­quera, Re­nato Os­meña, Jr., Pas­tor Al­cover, Eu­ge­nio Gabuya, Mary Ann de los San­tos, Sisinio An­dales, and David Tu­mu­lak. —

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