Sinulog Tragedy and Joy

Accidents Dampen Sinulog

Santo Nino de Cebu

I write this today with a heavy heart. Cebu has just finished the Sinulog celebration.  Which is a very joyous and exciting time for the city.   There are parades and festivals and just an uplifting time for the city.

Sr. Sto Nino Annual Fiesta Sinulog Festival 20...

Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo Niño. The dance moves two steps forward and one step backward to the sound of the dreams. This resembles the current (Sulog) of what was then known as Cebu’s Pahina River. Thus, in Cebuano, they say it’s Sinulog.

Sinulog Festival 2012 Photos (111)

It was also a time of tragedy that struck the city three times over the last week.  These separate bus accidents claimed the lives of 15 people.   I wrote about transportation in the Philippines and the risks to safety as you travel.  This week was a horrific example of what I meant by that.

Naga Bus accident
Naga bus Accident

We first had an accident just out side of Naga City.  Which is a city just to the South of Cebu.  A bus traveling South Bound Collided with a Truck heading north bound.   11 People lost their lives in this horrible accident.

Then we had on the other side of the Mountain another accident in Toledo City.  Where 2 more people lost their lives when a Jeepney collided with a parked truck.

Alcoy Bus Accident
Alcoy Bus Accident

As celebration was concluding we had another accident in Alcoy south of Cebu with a passenger vehicle and bus.  Where two more people lost their lives.

So as we remember the wonderful time we had celebrating Sinulog lets not forget the tragedies that unfolded over those days.  Lets stop and pray for the families that are grieving for loved ones lost.

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