Sun.Star streams live Sinulog novena mass

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


CEBU CITY -- Thousands of Sto. Niño devotees will once again celebrate one of the most awaited festivities in the province of Cebu, the Sinulog 2014, beginning with the nine-day masses that will be streamed live at www.sunstar.com.ph.

Sun.Star website, in partnership with the Basilica del Sto. Niño Church, Smart Communications Inc., and Needs and Solutions, will cover the “Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus” at 4 a.m. Thursday, and the remaining masses from January 9 to 16 every 5:30 p.m.

The last day of the novena mass will be aired live at 4 a.m. of January 17.

Aside from the novena masses, Sun.Star will also stream live the following:

* Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan - January 11 at 1 p.m.
* Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan – January 12 at 1 p.m.
* Choral Competition – January 12 at 6 p.m.
* Sinulog Idol – January 12-16 at 8 p.m.
* Ms. Cebu Coronation Night - January 15 at 7 p.m.
* Sinulog Dance Crew and Festival Queen – January 17
* Fluvial Procession and reenactment – January 18 at 6 a.m.
* Solemn Procession – January 18 at 2 p.m.
* Sinulog Grand Parade - January 19 at 9 a.m.
* Awarding ceremonies - January 20 at 1 p.m.
* Hubo Mass – January 24 at 4 a.m.

See the full list of Sinulog 2014 activities.

The Basilica, one of the churches in the Visayas affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the province of Bohol and Cebu in October, will be closed as the reconstruction of its belfry is still ongoing. The masses, however, will be held at the Pilgrim Center.

Rev. Fr. Jonas Mejares, rector of the Basilica, said some changes will be implemented in this year’s celebration, like the addition of 4 a.m. novena masses, setup of TV screens outside the Basilica, and the modification of the reenactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon.

Mejares said the Basilica will also deploy more lay ministers, as the population of the devotees is expected to triple compared to last year’s record.

The Fiesta Señor 2014, with a theme "Sto. Nino: Hope of the people, Siya atong paglaom, Siya atong sagdigan," aims to inspire the people not to lose hope despite the series of calamities the country experienced in 2013.

"Kung ang 2013 pagsuway, ang 2014 maoy paglaum," Mejares added.

The rector also asked the public to follow the rules and regulations given by the Church during the celebration of the Fiesta Señor to prevent unnecessary accidents.

Updates on the Fiesta Señor and Sinulog festivities will be available at @sunstaronline on Twitter, Sun.Star – Philippines News on Facebook, and at Sinulog: Cebu’s grandest festival special section. (Sunnex)

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