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Photo from Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

No QPass, No Entry in Sinulog Novena Mass

No quarantine pass means no entry for the remaining seven (7) novena masses at the Basilica del Sto. Niño.

These quarantine passes issued by the Cebu City Government to the residents will allow that person to attend the Sinulog Novena mass along with basic protocol of checking the temperature and sanitation.

Authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) from outside Cebu city will not be considered.

This decision to control and limit the number of novena mass attendees was made by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and church officials to ensure that physical distancing is observed and to avoid a resurgence in coronavirus cases in the city.

“We can only allow Cebu City residents to enter the basilica as we cannot handle everybody if we will let those without Q-passes enter. Even Apors from outside Cebu City are not allowed to enter,”

– Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, Deputy Director for Operations of the CCPO

Basilica del Sto. Niño protocols:

  • Some devotees of the Child Jesus are directed to the Plaza Independencia.
  • Lay ministers from the church are on hand to offer communion
  • Guards ensure that physical distancing is observed

With all these enforced, it is still best for everyone to just stay at home and watch the mass online. It is for our safety and for our family as well.


January 11, 2021: There will be no more physical, public novena masses in Basilica starting on January 12.

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