SRP is final venue of Sinulog Festival 2023

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama stood firm in his decision to hold the Sinulog Festival grand parade and ritual showdown at the South Road Properties (SRP) on January 15, 2023.

In an interview with reporters during the Penitential Walk with Mary Friday, January 13, Rama said that so much work has already been done at the SRP venue, and having a "Plan B" is no longer an option at the moment.

Rama’s statement came despite Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s announcement Thursday night, January 12, that 10 contingents will withdraw their participation from the grand parade and ritual showdown if the event will be held at the SRP.

The SRP has been criticized for its being “not ready” for the festival. As of Friday, construction works have been ongoing, two days before the festival.

"We wish and pray that in the days to come, let us all think about Señor Sto. Nino because so much, so much have already been done and we will not stop... but it's been a very clear position that we also would wish, it is just unfortunate nga naa silay ingon ana nga move but amoa lang ihangad ni Señor Sto. Niño, mao man gyud na pirmi atong gibuhat," said Rama. (IRT)