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To: The Archdiocese of Cebu, Sinulog Goers, and the Devotees of Snr. Sto. Niño

Stop the Release of Balloons during Sinulog 2017

Stop the Release of Balloons during Sinulog 2017

We are imploring the aid of the members of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu to help spread the word by announcing to the public that the church does not support the practice of balloon releasing every end of the Novena Masses.

Why is this important?

For the past years, it has been a common tradition or practice of the devotees of Señor Santo Niño to write their letters or wishes to the Holy Child Jesus, tie it to a red balloon and release it to the air, with the mindset that their wishes and letters will reach Señor Santo Niño and will soon be answered. This action is not only a false belief but it also harms the creations that our Almighty Father told us to take care of. The balloons that the devotees release will eventually deflate and end up becoming waste and end up in our oceans where it can possibly harm marine animals.

Cebu City, Philippines

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Reasons for signing

  • I signed because this "tradition" is not just impractical but is also damaging to our marine life.
  • I signed the petition, because I want to help the marine creatures. I'd like to suggest that instead of putting your prayers to Sto. Niño in a balloon, why not just ask Sto. Niño straight to him?
  • Why not just tell your wishes straight to Señor Santo Niño through a prayer?


2017-01-15 19:26:08 +0800

100 signatures reached

2017-01-11 19:28:09 +0800

50 signatures reached

2017-01-11 11:47:25 +0800

25 signatures reached

2017-01-11 02:59:18 +0800

10 signatures reached