Big­ger Sin­u­log events planned at Mac­tan Air­port

The Freeman - - NEWS - May B. Mi­asco/JBB

The Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MCIA) has lined up more ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­ing Sin­u­log.

Avi­gael Maningo of the Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Of­fice of the GMR-Me­gaw­ide Cebu Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion (GMCAC), said sev­eral projects and ac­tiv­i­ties have been slated for this month, par­tic­u­larly on the days lead­ing to Sin­u­log on Jan­uary 21.

“The man­age­ment wants that by the time pas­sen­gers set their foot at the air­port, they can al­ready feel the Sin­u­log rev­elry,” Maningo said in a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

She said they used to pick from their own per­son­nel to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties but are now in­volv­ing com­mu­ni­ties near the air­port to join in its Sin­u­log tra­di­tional dance com­pe­ti­tion set for Jan­uary 18.

At least 10 barangays were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate and may get the chance to show­case the dis­tinct prod­uct of the vil­lage in their dances.

More­over, Maningo said sev­eral Santo Niño images are also placed in­side the air­port.

"We have to re­mem­ber that the heart of the cel­e­bra­tion is the Santo Niño," she said.

GMCAC is a pri­vate con­sor­tium led by Filipino busi­ness­men that has man­aged ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tions of the MCIA since Novem­ber 2014.

By that time, Maningo said, Sin­u­log-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties were in­tro­duced as en­ter­tain­ment for ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers and had con­tin­ued to evolve.

In ad­di­tion, var­i­ous pro­grams and booths are set up at the air­port, es­pe­cially on Mon­day, Jan­uary 15, with the ex­pected in­flux of in­bound and out­bound pas­sen­gers.

Typ­i­cally, the month of Jan­uary ush­ers the peak travel sea­son in Cebu un­til the dry sea­son or “sum­mer” in May, said Maningo.

Based from the Jan­uary 2017 data, the in­bound and out­bound pas­sen­gers reached 400,000, she said, with an av­er­age of 13,000 pas­sen­gers a day.

For “balikbayans” or over­seas Filipinos, she said around 500 to 800 of them are ex­pected to ar­rive here next week to join the rev­elry.

She added that the man­age­ment also sup­ports the pro­mo­tion of "faith tourism" which is the new fo­cus of the De­part­ment of Tourism in Cen­tral Visayas (DOT-7) for Cebu.

DOT-7 Di­rec­tor Shal­i­mar Hofer Ta­mano said Cebu's tourism in­dus­try is also geared to­wards restor­ing the value of "faith and pil­grim­age" of the peo­ple, other than its cul­ture and tra­di­tions.

He said that the Tourism sec­re­tary is also very sup­port­ive of the Sin­u­log Fes­ti­val.

In fact, she said, DOT-7 re­cently pro­posed to in­crease the fi­nan­cial sup­port it gives to the Sin­u­log Foun­da­tion, Inc.

Last year, the DOT-7 gave fi­nan­cial sup­port of P100,000 to the foun­da­tion run­ning the fes­ti­val.

FREE­MAN FILE PHOTO

The man­age­ment of Mac­tan-Cebu air­port is pre­par­ing events to wel­come pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing in Cebu for the Sin­u­log Fes­ti­val.

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