By Junex Doronio
January 15, 2023
Photograb from Cebu SunStar
CEBU CITY — “Fear not” is mentioned 365 times in the Christian Bible and this could be the anchor of Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama’s faith when he stood firm on having the Sinulog Grand Parade at the South Road Properties (SRP) that Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia thought to be inappropriate as she feared of bad weather but — lo and behold! — the sun was shining brightly on Sunday, January 15.
“I now declare One Cebu Island 2023 at Sinulog open,” Rama said during the grand opening of the long-awaited Sinulog at City di Mare (SRP), after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and aftermath of the supertyphoon Odette in December 2021.
On Saturday, January 14, Maharlika TV gathered that various construction companies have offered to help by providing an “unlimited” supply of asphalt and filling materials at the venue where last year’s UniTeam rally of then-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and running mate then Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte drew almost half a million spectators.
“Pikatan jud mong Rama run! Naabot na si haring adlaw!” netizen Jake Polinag said, noting the sunny situation on Sunday, January 15.
Pikatan is a Cebuano term that means a childish gesture of pulling one’s lower eyelid at someone to mock him or her for being naive or stupid.
Earlier, Pagasa Visayas weather chief Al Quiblat said that on Sunday, January 15, the weather would be partly cloudy to cloudy or likely to have generally fair weather with less chance of rain of only 50 percent.
Garcia said that 10 contingents have decided to pull out from this Sunday’s Sinulog Grand Parade as critics predicted that it would become a “muddy show” due to expected bad weather. (ai/mmtvn)