Over 4 Million People are Expected to Witness the Sinulog Festival 2013 in Cebu City, January 20, 2013

Officials of Sinulog and PNP expecting 4 Million Visitors to witness the Sinulog 2013 this Sunday, January 20, 2012 in Cebu City, Philippines.

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CEBU CITY -- At least 8,000 police personnel, soldiers, reservists and cadets will help secure the Sinulog grand parade and the revelers, estimated at four million, who will join the festivities this Sunday.
As early as last weekend, several out-of-town dancing contingents arrived in Cebu City and are now staying in different public schools.
A dry run was conducted on Monday so the police will know where they will be stationed on January 20.
Like the police, the Central Command (CentCom) is now all set for the Sinulog festivities and committed to assist the police by fielding 500 regular Army personnel.
“We will always be willing to help so that the celebration will be peaceful,” said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Tampus, deputy officer for operations of CentCom.
Aside from the officers, about 5,000 reservists of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets will also be tapped for crowd control.
“We assure the public that these personnel and reservists will be there until the end of Sinulog,” Tampus said.
A heightened alert status was recently declared in Cebu City and will be lifted only at the end of the celebration.
From over 3.5 million people who joined the Sinulog last year, Senior Superintendent Mariano Natu-el Jr., officer-in-charge of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they are expecting some four million people to join the festivities this year.
He said they already requested additional 500 police personnel to help with the crowd control and security.
About 1,000 police personnel from CCPO, 99 field training police (FTP) and 1,000 from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas will be deployed in the city during the festivity.
In the midst of the grand preparations, City Hall is planning to help one of the key figures in the annual celebration.
Mayor Michael Rama said the City Government will give a wheelchair to Estelita “Titang” Diola and help pay her bills in the Cebu City Medical Center.
Diola, 87, is the oldest Sinulog dancer. She was rushed to the hospital last month after she broke her hip when she fell while trying to switch on the light at home.
She dances the traditional, religious Sinulog. Dancers in this Sunday’s parade will perform a variation of that in the Sinulog-based category and some less traditional twists in the free interpretation contest.
In the public schools in Cebu City, dancers from other provinces have settled down and will start taking turns rehearsing at the Cebu City Sports Center, where all dancing contingents will perform in their chosen category.
The contingent from Zamboanga Sibugay arrived Sunday morning, while the contingents from Tangub City and Placer, Masbate arrived Sunday night.
Zamboanga Sibugay, whose dancers are staying at the Guadalupe Elementary School, will compete in the free interpretation category (FI), while Tangub City will compete in the Sinulog-based category.
Tangub’s contingent is housed at the Cebu City Sports Center.
The delegation from Placer, Masbate, who are staying at the Cebu City Central School, will field two contingents -- the Tribu Himag-ulaw for the FI category and the Culturang PlacereƱo for the SB category.
It is the second time for Placer to field contingents to the two categories.
Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros said that with 1,000 individuals making up the delegation, Placer has the biggest contingent, which already includes their dancers, props men and support staff.
The contingents from Sibugay and Tangub are composed of some 500 individuals each.
In an interview on Monday, the choreographer of Tribu Himag-ulaw, Frenil Palang, said they will surprise the revelers with their performance during the grand parade.
“Every move namo, atanganan (Every dance move is worth watching),” he said, adding that they want to win the grand prize in the FI category.
In last year’s competition, Tribu Himag-ulaw placed second to the Tribu Lingganay of Alang-Alang town from Leyte.
Fresh routine
Tangub City will also try to win in this year’s competition after they failed to defend their title and lost to Carcar City in the Sinulog-based category last year.
The contingent from Sibugay, for its part, promised to present a fresh routine this year.
Sibugay Provincial Tourism Officer Edilee Daarol said their performance will showcase their province as the rubber capital of the country.
Last year, their performance showcased the marine life of their province.
Sibugay, which is joining the Sinulog for the second time, hopes to bring home the top prize this year, after they failed to earn a place in last year’s competition.
Other out-of-town contingents from Leyte, Cotabato City and Lanao del Norte are expected to arrive in the city within the week. (PDF/DSM/Sun.Star Cebu)

Things that you should bring during the event:
Han kerchief
First Aid (if in case of)

Friendly Reminders:
Watch your personal and valuable things because there are lot of bad element at that time (thief, snatchers)
Avoid getting into crowded areas, find a place that is not crowded.
As Early As Possible you have to agree with your friends where to meet and what time because Cellular Networks are too busy and it's too hard to communicate with your friends.
For those who are sick, better to stay in the house and just watch on TV.

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  1. wew, eEhehe i thought this talk about the expected # of visitors this Sinulog 2013 peru di man d aie .. I hope next time you'll choose an appropriate title to any article you'll write .. ;)

  2. Biggest Festival diri sa Pilipinas

  3. Daghana sa mga tawo nga expected to come sah.. 4 million
    Biliba jud nako aning Pilipinas

  4. btaw2 mka blib jud ng sinulog especially sa cebu, philippines. dghan kau mga nindot nga panghitabu basta sinulog

  5. daghan jud mga panghitabo.. klase klase lang pud tawo imong makit-an..Daghana rabang tawo ani..lakaw pud tag maau ani.

  6. haha mao jud, lakaw na pud tah ug lagyu aneh peru d jud mawagtang ang lingaw , hmmf so excited.

  7. Lingaw baya pud og maglakaw pero inig ka gabii na pwerte nang kapoya nya lisod pajud kaayo sakay..

  8. btaw sakto, lisod jud kau sakay anah bai. peru dghan jud ng mga nice nga t-shirts (pang-remembrance lang)

  9. Sinulog 2013.. Magpasad na ang tshirt printing sa colon..