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Filipino catholics in Taiwan celebrates Sinulog Festival and donned colorful costumes

Filipinos in Taipei, Taiwan parades beautiful colorful costumes last Sunday (Jan 19) to celebrate the Sinulog Festival originated from the Philippines, reported by Central News Agency.

The Sinulog Festival is a traditional celebration in Cebu City held every third Sunday of January to honor the Santo NiƱo (Child Jesus). 

The festival is done by a dance ritual, in which it tells the story of the Filipino people’s pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity. The word “Sinulog” means “graceful dance”, wherein it all started in 1980 with a simple dance that represents the “sulog” of a river in Cebu.

More than 200 Catholics, mostly Filipinos, gathered at St. Christopher's Church (SCC) in Taipei for the Sinulog Festival that takes the form of a ritual prayer.

"This is what we try to share with all peoples of the world," he said. "Wherever there are Filipinos, there is the Sinulog. I have seen the Sinulog in parishes and chaplaincies for Filipinos in Milan, Rome, and Australia," said Father Edward Pacquing, parish priest at the church. (CNA Photos)


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