Devotee City: A Place For Sto. Niño Devotees Who Got Nowhere Else To Stay

This place is only for devotees coming out of town. Check here for the requirements on how to avail of its facilities.
Posted on: Thursday, January 15, 2015
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The mini city for devotees will open this Friday with a simple opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Registration will be in the afternoon following a confession and a Mass at 3 p.m. This place is for Sto. Niño devotees who are not from Cebu, have no relatives with whom they can stay with, or do not have enough to pay for lodgings. Having no accommodation should not stop them from paying their respects to the Sto. Niño or joining the festivities of the Sinulog Festival 2015. Thus, the Cebu City Government put up the Devotee City.

The stage design at the area
photo by: Michaela Jaycel Dolores

The Devotee City, which can accommodate more than 3,000 persons, is located beside the Kampanya Maritima Building, or the Cebu City entrance to the South Road Properties (SRP), near the Senior Citizen’s Park. It has over 120 container vans, which can hold 30 people, 30 portalettes, eight bathrooms, two lavatories and one kitchen space.

The 120 container vans at the Devotee City
The 120 container vans at the Devotee City

Free water and power will be provided by the Cebu City Government as well as a Wifi connection.

The 30 portalettes or portable toilets for all the staying devotees.
The 30 portalettes or portable toilets for all the staying devotees.

A medical van with doctors and nurses, as well as police officers stationed  in barangays Ermita, Sto. Niño and San Roque will also be available 24/7 to attend to the devotees’ needs.

The stage where programs during the stay of the devotees will be held.
The stage where programs during the stay of the devotees will be held.

Devotees may stay in the area starting Friday until the morning of Monday. Interested parties must be from other provinces or from places beyond the town of Carcar in the Southern area while beyond Danao in the Northern area of Cebu. They must bring with them either a valid personal ID, barangay clearance or  cedula and their boat or bus tickets. Accommodations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you come across anyone who will qualify to stay at the Devotee City, be kind enough to direct them to the place and inform them of the requirements.

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