River of Lights

Every year (every second Thursday of January,) the Walk with Jesus Dawn Procession is held in Cebu City. The Walk with Jesus Dawn procession marks the start of the Sinulog Season in the province. Hundreds of thousands join this annual penitential walk which begins at 4 am in Fuente Osmeña and ends with the first Novena mass of the season at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño at around 6 am.

In the past years, I’ve covered this event by climbing up the Fuente skywalk. This year, I decided to go to a different spot for a change. I picked that Abellana-Cebu Normal University skywalk. Here are my photos of this truly breath-taking event.

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The procession started at around 4:00 am. The head of the parade reached our location at around 4:30 am.

A river of lights. Truly breath-taking.

A slightly bigger photo to give you an idea of just how many people joined the procession.

A few minutes past 5 am, the carro bearing the image of Señor Santo Niño can finally be seen.

The carro was surrounded by Augustinian priests and a human fence made up of a crew from the Basilica.

The carro of the Niño. Viva Pit Senyor!

The carro was followed by thousands of devotees who quietly and peacefully sang and prayed.

 

The procession was very solemn, relaxed, and well-organized. Great job, Cebuanos!

The other side of Osmeña Boulevard was practically empty during the procession.

Hundreds of thousands still slowly walking towards the Basilica 30 minutes after the carro passed by.

A big road-side tarpaulin thanking Pope Francis for visiting the Philippines.

Check out this short video of the event:

Pit Senyor, Cebu!