Last January 7, 2016, the Walk with Jesus Dawn Procession officially kicked off the Sinulog season in Cebu. Held two Thursdays before the Sinulog Grand Parade, the procession is often referred to as a ‘penitential walk’ as it is held very early in the morning. The procession starts at exactly 4 am at the Fuente Osmeña circle area, proceeds down Jones Avenue (Osmeña Boulevard) and ends, of course, at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. This year, as usual, the procession drew hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) of devotees.
And as a personal commitment, of course, I also had to be there to take photos of this truly amazing yearly Cebuano tradition. Here are some shots of this year’s Walk with Jesus Dawn Procession.
I left home at around 3:50 am. By 4:00 am, I was already in the Fuente Osmeña area. However, anticipating that the roads surrounding the circle would be blocked, I passed by Ramos Street and drove straight towards USC and then turned right back to Jones Avenue. I parked my bike near the Abellana skywalk and quickly found a spot where I could take a couple of photos.
I arrived just in time. When I reached my spot, the head of the procession was already visible.
Here are some shots of the beautiful sea of lights that filled one half of the long stretch of Osmeña Boulevard.
The carro of the Niño arrived around 15 minutes later.
And the carro was followed by hundreds of thousands more of steadily flowing lights.
Here is a photo of the crowd at its thickest. Remember, this happened at 4:30 in the morning.
View of the crowd slowly moving towards the Basilica.
The procession was really peaceful, and organized. The people stayed on one side of the road and there was really no sign of pushing and shoving. It was just peaceful and amazing.
Did you join this year’s dawn procession? Tell us about your experience!