Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Barrio Fiesta ‘Kalingawan sa Plaza’ Set

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Will the ban on drinking liquor and loud parties within a 300-meter radius from the grand parade route diminish the fun from Sinulog 2018?

The ban brings back attention to the essence of the Sinulog, which is a dance of worship for Cebu’s Patron Senyor Santo Niño, on January 21. But a Philippine fiesta is not complete without the fiesta food and the fun, said Sinulog Executive Committee chairman Councilor Dave Tumulak.

‘Kalingawan sa Plaza,’ the Sinulog fair at Plaza Independencia, is thus a major fiesta component. There will be a variety of food stalls, inflatables and a tartanilla ride for the kids, and nightly entertainment during the Sinulog week, he said.

The following is the schedule for the nightly entertainment:

• January 12 -- Launching program of the Sinulog Festival Queen, Sinulog Idol, and Sinulog Dance Crew
• January 13 – Cultural Show by Department of Education Cebu Province
• January 14 – Cultural Show by Cebu Technological University (CTU) and Indiana Aerospace University
• January 15 – Cultural Show by University of the Visayas and University of Cebu
• January 16 – Cultural Show by Mandaue City College and Mandaue School for the Arts
• January 17 – Cultural Show by Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors’ University
• January 17 – Cultural Show by Department of Education Cebu City
• January 17 – Music and Comedy Night by Flexi Finance
• January 18 – Cultural show by University of San Carlos
• January 18 – Variety show by 24/7
• January 18 – Sky Night by Skycable
• January 19 – Cultural Show by University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose-Recoletos, and Cebu Institute of Technology University
• January 19 – 6 Cycle Mind and Banda ni Kleggy c/o San Miguel Corp.
• January 20 – Sinulog Idol 2018 Grand Finals
• January 20 – Coke Studio Artists with Coca Cola Philippines
• January 21 – IPI Night
• January 21 – Parokya ni Edgar with Globe Telecom

Besides, Plaza Independecia is outside the 300-meter radius, Tumulak said.

“Imagine the fun of a 6 Cycle Mind, Franco and Parokya ni Edgar concerts at Kalingawan sa Plaza,” Tumulak said.

More than the festive barrio fiesta atmosphere at Plaza Independencia, he pointed out that the place is a short walk from the Basilica del Santo Niño and the Magellan’s Cross.

Both Cebuanos and their visitors will be treated with the presence of heritage sites especially Fort San Pedro. It connects us better with our history, that of the Sinulog and who we are, he added.

Cebu City had become the first Christian community in South East Asia after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived and baptized some 800 Cebuanos in 1521. The image of Senyor Santo Niño was Magellan’s baptismal gift to Cebu’s Queen Juana. It is now the oldest religious relic in the country.

With rise of the ASEAN community, Cebu can claim as the region’s cradle of Christianity.

In addition, the arrival of Magellan gave Cebu a place in world history since Spanish expedition achieved the first circumnavigation of the world.

Sinulog 2018 is made possible with the valuable assistance of our sponsors: Smart / PLDT / Sun; Sky Cable; Coca Cola; SM City Cebu/SM Seaside City; Flexi Finance; San Miguel Corporation; Islands Group; International Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Grab Car; Pepsi; Skygo; Robinson's Galleria; Alcordo Advertising; 24/7 Inc; Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp.; Cignal; Freenet; Generika Drugstore; Globe; Phil Health; Skin Magical Beauty; TrueMoney; Food Panda; Nature's Spring; Viriginia Foods; Universal Robina Corporation; Steel Art Billboards; ML Foods Inc.; Mang Inasal; Jollibee; Air Asia; Gardenia; NutriAsia Philippines; Pioneer Adhesives; Real Page; VECO; Mineshine Milk Tea; TomFrances Layouts & Designs Inc.; Mega Global Corp.; and Novellino Wines Minor.


The Traslacion and Feast of the Black Nazarene

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"One has to become a devotee to understand a devotee" says Cardinal Tagle.

Indeed, the Traslacion done during the Feast of the Black Nazarene is always has the most touching moments among the Philippines' religious activities.

It is amazing on how every individual of these millions of people has his own story to tell on how the Traslacion and Black Nazarene touched their lives ." Viva Nuestro Padre Nazareno ! "

Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno is really the greatest crowd drawer who gathered millions of devoted followers from all walks of life.

With thunderous applause and the waving of a multitude of white towels, the carriage made its way slowly through the sea of maroon-clad devotees, two ropes pulled religiously by able men while a crowd several million strong gravitates toward the relic as if by a magnet. Such is the yearly story of the 'Traslacion,' a centuries-old tradition commemorating the transfer of the 17th century image of the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo District in Manila.

"Why will millions join the Traslacion? People need miracles from the Black Nazarene to absorb the impoverishing effects of Duterte's tax reform. Majority of the devotees are poor because they need miracles from Black Nazarene to spare them from EJKs! Religion is the last defense of the poor against a fascist government. The Black Nazarene is sacred icon that signifies the sigh of the oppressed Filipino poor amidst human rights violations." says an anti-Duterte.

But many would argue the opposite. This is because no matter who our President is, there has been so many impoverished that has been opposing the moves of the current administration.

True enough, there would never be a perfect leader, and praying to the likes of the Black Nazarene would never be proven effective.

The Traslacion phenomenon is a reflection on how hungry and desperate the Filipinos are in trying to connect with God. Let's not be quick in making judgements. Rather, let us do our best to present to them the real Jesus who is good all the time and who doesn't want us to struggle to be blessed! You can make observations but judgement is not required. Grace wins!

People joined the procession commemorating the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene transferring the image from the San Nicolas de Tolentino church inside Intramuros to the Quiapo Church.

In a homily, the priest emphasized that this feast is centered on how Jesus carried our cross for us and we, in turn, are to be co-carriers of the cross of our brethren for His Journey is others-oriented. Thus, ours should also be a journey with him foremost, others second and ourselves last. This we can translate in our lives through our care and compassion to those around us, beyond our selves and our family.

The whole reality of Jesus and religion may be fictional for some who think it was the belief of an uneducated civilization back through those years, but we have to admit that religion of every form has somehow given people hope and something to look forward to. It made them believe that thry would someday inherit a fruitful existence in heaven.

May these be an inspiration to all that being humble is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thanks be to God.


The Black Nazarene was carved by an unknown Mexican from a dark wood in the 16th century in Mexico, and then transported to the Philippines in 1606. It depicts Jesus en route to his crucifixion. Pope Innocent X granted recognition to the lay Confraternity of Santo Cristo Jesús Nazareno in 1650 for the promotion of the devotion to Jesus through the icon. It was housed in several churches near Manila in the early decades, arriving in Quiapo Church in 1787 where it has been enshrined ever since. The icon is renowned in the Philippines, and is considered by many Filipino Catholics to be miraculous, its mere touch able to cure disease. It attracts homage by numerous devotees and major processions every year.

The image (in recent years a composite replica) is brought out of its shrine for public veneration three times a year: January 9, Good Friday (the Nazarene's "actual" feast, commemorating the culmination of the Passion), and December 31 (New Year's Eve, the first day of the novena). The January 9 procession reenacts the image's Traslación (literally, "transfer") in 1787, or "solemn transfer" to the Minor Basilica from its original shrine inside Intramuros. The January 9 Traslación is the largest procession, drawing millions of devotees thronging to touch the icon, and lasting 20 hours at the most.

The Black Nazarene is venerated by Filipino devotees every Friday, and along with the Santo Niño (Child Jesus) is the most popular object of devotion in the Philippines. A similar image called Cristo Negro is venerated in Portobelo, Panama.

Photography by Edmund Chua

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo

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The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Expo is designed for senior high school students to showcase their knowledge and abilities in the different fields of science. It is a two-day science expo, jam-packed with competitions and exhibits that will highlight the sciences in different perspectives.

The I-Gen: Ideas for Innovation is the flagship competition of the event. Focusing on innovative and market-oriented products that address present and emerging challenges, it aims to recognize Filipino-rooted innovation of the youth for the development of the country.

STEM Expo also includes a Science and Mathematics Investigatory Projects Fair to showcase outstanding research done by the participants. Technological advancements are boasted with the Robotics Olympiad and for creatives who are also into promoting science, a Science Journalism Competition and a Science Film Competition are included.

The event aims to expose students to current institutions that contribute to the advancement of STEM. An Educational Tour around Metro Manila and a Company & Career Talk gives the participants a more physical avenue to experience the opportunities and applications of the track.

Event Title: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo
Event Date: March 3-4, 2018
Event Location: Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City, Philippines
Contact Person: Mr. Lanze Allen Magalona
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