Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally participated in the vibrant Sinulog festival in Cebu City on Sunday, January 21. His attendance at festivity came after he extended his support to victims of a recent fire in the city, showcasing his commitment to public service and cultural participation.
“A time to pray at pasalamatan natin ang Panginoon. Ako, masaya rin ako. Pit Senyor sa atin mga kababayan. Mag-ingat kayo and celebrate Sinulog Festival peacefully and safely. Ang importante safe tayong lahat. Ako, palagi naman ako dito para makipag-celebrate ng Sinulog Festival at magdasal at magpasalamat sa mga kababayan nating mga Bisaya. Basta bukas ang aking opisina para sa inyong lahat,” he reminded.
Before joining the festivities, Go aided 38 families affected by a recent fire in Barangay Quiot Pardo, Cebu City. Prioritizing this fire visit during his scheduled participation in the Sinulog Festival through the invitation of Mayor Mike Rama, Go underscored the importance of first addressing urgent needs of indigent residents affected by crisis situations.
It can be recalled that the week prior, January 14, Go also personally visited and provided assistance to fire victims in barangay Carreta in Cebu City before joining the celebration of the Sinulog sa Lalawigan Grand Showdown at the Cebu City Sports Complex upon the invitation of Governor Gwen Garcia.
Sinulog is a highly revered and vibrant annual festival in the Philippines, celebrated predominantly in Cebu City every third Sunday of January. The festival commemorates the Filipino people’s pagan past and their conversion to Christianity, mainly focusing on the reverence for the Santo Niño, or the Child Jesus.
In his speech during the Sinulog Festival, Go expressed profound gratitude to the local government and organizers for their efforts to keep the festival safe and successful. He underscored his commitment to Filipino cultural heritage and the importance of such events in fostering national unity.
Significantly, Go took this opportunity to reassure the Cebuanos of his continued support as a senator. He emphasized his dedication to the welfare and development of the region, recognizing the unique needs and contributions of Cebu to the nation.