Sinulog 2018 draws 1.4-M crowd

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CEBU CITY, Philippines  —  Over 1.4-million local and foreign tourists joined the Cebuano’s  in  this years Sinulog festival grand parade Sunday, January 2018.

The grand parade highlighted Cebu’s  weeklong festival in honor of the Holy Child Santo Niño.

Devotees carrying different sizes of  the Holy Child’s image danced and  chanted on the streets, many of them have miraculous stories to tell about Santo Niño.

The celebration was generally peaceful said PRO XI  Director, Chief Supt. Robert Quenery.

The National Telecommunications Commission ordered the giant telecommunications network shut off their signals  from 8am to 8pm as part of the security measures.

A two-way hand-held radio substituted the mobile phones.

There were 30 big contingents who participated the grand parade which included the  Pangalao of Panglao (Bohol), Buyugan of Abuyug (Leyte), Tribu Kalivungan of North Cotabato, and Katbalogan of Samar and Leyte.

Showbiz personalities  joined the revelers.

The  grand finale  was a musical presentation of the old and future Cebu with the  fireworks display.– Ira Vadal

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