Carmen town prepares for 50th Sinulog Festival

PREPARATIONS are underway for the 50th Sinulog Festival that will be held in the northern town of Carmen, Cebu on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia had announced that the 10 contingents that pulled out from the Sinulog Grand Parade and Ritual Showdown at the South Road Properties in Cebu City last Sunday, Jan. 15, will be performing.

Garcia said the town will hold a competition and there will be prizes for the winners.

Based on the list of the Carmen Tourism Office, the festival will have a total of 22 contingents.

The 10 contingents that pulled out last Sunday will join 12 contingents from the town’s barangays as well as a contingent from Cebu City and the City of Naga.

The governor met with the police, the Philippine Coast Guard and other government agencies to discuss security.

Organizers have already come up with a plan to address the traffic situation, which was one of Garcia’s concerns.

Max Villamor, the town’s tourism officer, said motorists will still be able to pass through the town on Sunday.

Last Saturday, Jan. 14, Garcia inspected the festival venue.

Mayor Carlo Villamor said the Department of Education-Central Visayas will allow classrooms in the town to be used as sleeping quarters for contingents.

Northern Escapade

Aside from preparing for the Sinulog, he said Carmen will host balikbayans, foreign tourists, government officials and officials of towns and cities in the country, among others, who will join the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Northern Escapade on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The three-day tour will visit 15 towns and cities in the north of the province, which will include Compostela, Carmen, Tabogon, Daanbantayan and Medellin on the first day of the caravan.

The Suroy-Suroy Sugbo, which returned last November after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the Provincial Government’s flagship tourism program. (ANV / PJB)