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THIS WEEK’S FESTIVALS: Jan. 6-12, 2019

Jan. 6: Kuraldal Festival

The town of Sasmuan in Pampanga province pays tribute to its patron saint, St. Lucy, the patron of blindness.

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The healing festival features residents, especially blind and barren women, dancing in front of Sta. Lucia Parish church to pray for their wishes and intentions.

Jan. 6 to 10: Hinugyaw Festival

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A festival in the city of Koronadal in South Cotabato province celebrating the city’s cultural diversity and its 79th founding anniversary.

Activities include a trade and agri fair, sports tournaments, farmer’s festival, “musikahan” festival and indigenous people’s day.

Jan. 11: Sinulog Festival kickoff

One of Cebu province’s biggest and most popular festivals opens with a Mass at Basilica Del Santo Niño and a launching parade in Cebu City.

The celebration, an annual dance ritual in honor of the Santo Niño, traditionally lasts for nine days.

Sinulog features fluvial parade, pontifical Mass, procession and a grand parade.

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Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research

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