Maylon wins Sinulog Idol Season 4

Sinulog Idol Season 4 grand winner Claro "Chinky" Maylon Jr.

Sinulog Idol Season 4 grand winner Claro “Chinky” Maylon Jr.

The one-week Sinulog Idol singing competition culminated Thursday night with Claro “Chinky” Maylon Jr., a second year AB Music student of the University of Southern Philippines, emerging as the grand champion.

Maylon, 21, of Naga, Cebu, will take home P15,000 and gift certificates worth P5,000 courtesy of Dole.

His winning piece was the song “Angels Brought Me Here” by Guy Sebastian. Read the rest of this entry

Devotees City accommodates out-of-towners

DANCING CITY. A handful of devotees dance the Sinulog while checking their temporary shelter made of container vans that the city prepared for them for the Sinulog festivities. (Sun.Star Photo/Alex Badayos)

DANCING CITY. A handful of devotees dance the Sinulog while checking their temporary shelter made of container vans that the city prepared for them for the Sinulog festivities. (Sun.Star Photo/Alex Badayos)

There should be no politics in culture and the arts, said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama during the launching of the Devotee City along with Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias.

Both officials belong to different political groups but have worked together for years for the Devotee City, an area at the Compaña Maritima where 100 container vans are stacked together to make a two-story housing compound for those who live outside Cebu City.

Devotees only have to show their bus or boat tickets to be able to avail of the temporary housing for those visiting Cebu City for the Sinulog festivities. Read the rest of this entry

Byron frowns at Gwen joining Sinulog

NO CONSENSUS. Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s family have differing views on whether she will dance during the Sinulog grand parade. In this fi le foto, the suspended governor greets family members after hearing mass inside her offi ce at the Capitol, where she has been staying since the posting of the order for her suspension last December 19. (Sun.Star Photo/Amper Campaña)

NO CONSENSUS. Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s family have differing views on whether she will dance during the Sinulog grand parade. In this fi le foto, the suspended governor greets family members after hearing mass inside her offi ce at the Capitol, where she has been staying since the posting of the order for her suspension last December 19. (Sun.Star Photo/Amper Campaña)

IF CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia really wants to dance during the Sinulog grand parade, she can do it at the Capitol grounds, not at the Cebu City Sports Center.

This was the suggestion of Byron Garcia to his sister.

Byron does not want his sister to dance during the Sinulog festival for security reasons. His sentiment is shared by another brother of the governor, third district congressman Pablo John, and their father, second district congressman Pablo. Read the rest of this entry

Balikbayans get warm welcome

HAPPY TO BE HOME. Balikbayans from Los Angeles, USA, take video and photographs of the Sinulog dancers that welcomed them at the Mactan Cebu International Airport. (Sun.Star photo/Allan Cuizon)

HAPPY TO BE HOME. Balikbayans from Los Angeles, USA, take video and photographs of the Sinulog dancers that welcomed them at the Mactan Cebu International Airport. (Sun.Star photo/Allan Cuizon)

HUNDREDS of Cebuanos returning to Cebu for the Sinulog celebration received a grand welcome at the Mactan Cebu International Airport yesterday.

Sinulog dancers performed while rondalla music played as the balikbayans arrived at the airport, carrying bags and boxes. Read the rest of this entry

Bio major becomes Miss Cebu on her birthday

A HALF-INDIAN, half-Filipina beauty was crowned as this year’s Miss Cebu.

Incidentally, it was also the 20th birthday of Namrata Neesha Murjani, a biology student from the Cebu Doctors’ University, who wowed the judges with her gown, intelligence and community organization activities for the street children. Read the rest of this entry

(Photos by Dave Tangarorang of Sun.Star Network Exchange)