Sinulog vendors report slow sales

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

VENDORS in the Sinulog stalls on Osmeña Blvd. report slow sales ever since they set up shop on Dec. 1. The vendors said the two calamities that hit the Visayas – the earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda – were to blame for the slow sales.

“Our sales in the previous years were better than the sales we have this year because of the two calamities,” said Johnny Sarib, a batik product vendor.

Slow sales

Sarib said his regular profit for selling batik in the past years would reach P10,000 per day. Now, he can only sell P2,000 worth products.

Ronnel Tangayan, who sells sandals, said he would hardly earn P200 in selling sandals made from Carcar, Cebu. Last year he would make P1,000 a day.

The vendors, however, are still hopeful they would earn more by January.

“I barely sell a pair of my sandals but I am still positive that I will still make some profit as Sinulog approaches,” said Tangayan.

Sinulog vendors have to fully pay P40,000 as stall rental fee before they could start selling.

James Baplor, a vendor who sells printed t-shirts, said he can still regain his rental fee because of the number of tourist customers, both local and foreign, who come for the Sinulog.

Sinulog Foundation executive director Ricky Ballesteros said more people are going to visit Cebu to witness the Sinulog. He said Sinulog is more of a religious affair than a cultural event.

“Sinulog is a way of thanksgiving… especially when we were spared from the calamities.

People from all over the world would come (to the Sinulog), pilgrims from the Philippines and from all over the world,” he said.

Ballesteros believes that the Sinulog vendors can still generate a profit by the end of January, when the bazaar will end. (Jave Matugas and Fatima Secuya, USJ-R Mascom Interns)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 16, 2013.


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