Sinulog Festival
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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Theme: ‘One Beat, One Dance, One Vision’ [/box]

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry (IHMM) will stage the annual Sinulog Festival in the evening of Jan. 14 at St. Priscilla church in Livonia to celebrate the Feast of the Sto. Nino (Baby Jesus).

IHM head Gina Solon said this year’s Sinulog Festival will be held in collaboration with the Ang Bisaya of Michigan. The theme is “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision.”

The Eucharistic Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Theo D’Conha with IHMM choir  singing the psalms and hymns in Visayan.

Solon said that the highlights of the Sinulog celebration will include a procession with the participants carrying with them Sto. Nino images and exclaiming “Pit Senyor, Viva Senyor Sto. Nino”; blessing of the images; the reenactment of the introduction of Christianity on Cebu Island; giving of a Sto. Nino image to Queen Juana; and e sword fight between Portugese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and tribal chieftain Lapu-Lapu.

The actors and actresses in the play on the introduction of Christianity will be Filipino Americans and their spouses.   

The mass will be followed by a fiesta dinner in the church’s community center. IHM members and guests are urged to bring with them dishes to be shared with other guests.

The dramatis personae in the Sinulog play and the actors and actresses are as follows:

Rajah Humabon/King Juan — Jose Concepcion; Hara Amihan/Queen Juana — Marcia Manaloto; Baladjay — Nino Laput; Rajah Lapu-Lapu — Gialo Mina;

Ferdinand Magellan — Phillip DeBarr; Padre De Valderrama — Brian Stempien; Antonio de Pigafetta — Dr. Leonides Dizon; Juan Camus — Steve Muir; tribal people — Cendi Mina, Lira Mina, Justin Cayao, Alana Ramirez, Marianne Ello, Amber Stempien, Star Velilla, Gio Velilla, Justin DeBarr, Ariana Sibi, Adrian Sibi, Ethan James Muir; Candle Vendors/Buyers — Dr. Lourdes Dizon, Sylvia Comendador, Zairel Flynn and Dina Keeling.

The narrator is Manuel Trucio II.

In Cebu City, Philippines, the annual Sinulog Festival is a very popular religious event that draws some one million tourists. It is held in the second week of January.