Vendors along Osmeña Blvd. hope business will be brisk with return of Sinulog festival

VENDORS along Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City hope their sales will improve with the return of the Sinulog festival, now dubbed the One Cebu Island Sinulog 2023.

They’re back at their usual spot outside the Abellana National High School after a two-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Kalooy sa Señor Sto. Niño, karon kay mas maayo tungod siguro sa mga nanglabay nga duha ka tuig nga wala gyud ka celebrate sa Sinulog. Murag ang mga tawo kay nang-gigil," said Randy Ibo, owner of the Jaruss Apparel and T-Shirt Printing.

(By the grace of the Child Jesus, business will be better this year because in the last two years we weren’t able to celebrate the Sinulog. It would appear the people are very excited.)

Ibo sold printed and customized T-shirts in his booth every Sinulog festival for 15 years until 2021.

He opened his booth last January 5, but he said some vendors had set up shop as early as December 15, 2022.

The Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) charges P55,000 per booth.

Vendors like Ibo have until February 15 to sell their merchandise.

In a separate interview, Elmer "Jojo" Labella, SFI executive director, told SunStar Cebu there are a lot of vacant stalls or booths this year compared to previous Sinulog celebrations.

"Sa una kay puno-puno karon kay naa pay bakante (Before all the booths would be occupied but now there are some vacant booths)," Labella said. (EHP)