ONE of the most vibrant, fun and grandest fiestas in the country has come to a halt this year.
Streets that used to be filled with buntings, tourists and residents shouting Viva Pit Senyor! was replaced with silence and the fear of getting the virus.
Face paint and laughter no longer can be seen as everyone is required to use a face mask and face shield.
Even traditional religious activities such as the Fluvial Parade and the Walk with Mary and Walk with Jesus processions were canceled.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu opted to cancel all in-person masses.
A church that used to be filled with thousands of devotees every Sinulog season now stands empty.
With all the canceled fiesta activities, the Sinulog this year is not the same.
But how are the Sto. Niño vendors coping with all the changes in the fiesta celebration?
At the start of December, people would often have their Sto. Niño statues repaired or replaced in preparation for the Fiesta Senyor.
However, for this year, with all the restrictions, people can no longer visit the stores any time they want.
To also observe physical distancing, vendors were relocated to the Maritima building in Aduana port, Cebu City.
This has contributed to the challenges of the vendors to get customers as the location is far from the church and most of their regular customers are not familiar with the place.
The cry of the vendors