Senator Bongbong Marcos was one of the thousands–if not millions–of devotees and participants who joined the Sinulog Festival in Cebu on 16 January 2011.
The one-day celebration in honor of the feast day of the Sto. Niño or Child Jesus was capped by the traditional procession to and from the Basilica of Sto. Niño and around the streets of downtown Cebu City, where countless images and statuettes of the Sto. Niño were paraded by the crowd of faithful, led by no less than newly installed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.
Senator Bongbong was prepared to be drenched willingly by the heavy downpour that “blessed” the 5-kilometer walk, were it not for the timely cessation of the rains, which had already by then soaked the early birds among the wholesome mob of devotees, including the Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.
The streets of downtown Cebu were so packed during the entire parade due to the heavy volume of human traffic that all motor vehicles cordoned by the moving crowd were rendered immobile, including that of the Senator’s. Even after the parade, Senator Bongbong was forced, gladly and willingly, to take a public jeepney ride back to his hotel–along with a couple of awestruck fellow passengers–just to avoid the traffic jam.
The next day, Senator Marcos made a courtesy call to his eminence Archbishop Palma to ask for the latter’s blessing, before departing for the Senate in Pasay City, Metro Manila, which was scheduled to open its regular session on 17 January 2010 at 3 PM. The opening of the 2011 regular session was headlined by the first appearance of freed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who would take his oath of office as Senator before Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Senator Bongbong and colleague Senator Jinggoy Estrada were among the guests in the revelry, courtesy of incumbent Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. President Noynoy Aquino also graced the festivities of the annual event, which literally means “graceful dance”.